In a plan to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the Canadian government plans to ban the sale of incandescent light bulbs by 2012. Canada becomes the second country in the world to ban the bulbs after Australia announced a similar plan in February.
The ban by the country follows a decision made last week by the ONtario province to ban the bulbs by 2012. In an article by Reuters, Natural Resources Minister Gary Lunn said that,
"By banning inefficient lighting, we can reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by more than 6 million tonnes per year."
Californians Against Waste is currently sponsoring legislation that would not only increase energy efficiency in the state, but also encourage the use of more efficient lighting technologies, and reduce hazardous waste in lighting and increase recycling opportunities. AB 1109 (Huffman) recently passed its second policy committee and will next be heard in the Appropriations Committee.
Reducing energy demand will eliminate the associated pollution, including SOX, NOX, CO2 and Mercury emissions from coal-fired and other energy plants. A preliminary analysis suggests that achieving of the AB 1109 energy efficiency goals can reduce CO2 (GHG) emissions by more than 6,000,000 tons, and emissions of mercury by 175-200 lbs annually.
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