Feb 23 - Bill Would Increase Lighting Efficiency and Reduce Toxics

Assemblymember Jared Huffman introduced CAW sponsored legislation today that would increase energy efficiency in lighting products, while expanding recycling opportunities for these products. AB 1109 would direct the CA Energy Commission to develop and implement a plan to reduce the state's energy consumption for lighting by 50 percent by 2018, while also establishing efficiency standards for lighting and phasing out state purchasing of inefficient lighting sources.

AB 1109 also directs the Department of Toxic Substances Control to develop a schedule for reducing the amount of mercury and lead in lighting devices. The bill will also expand recycling opportunities for all hazardous lighting devices by requiring manufactures who sell these products to develop and implement convenient recycling opportunities.

In the U.S., lighting accounts for 20 percent of the electricity we use. In California alone, businesses and consumers spend more than $6.3 billion annually on lighting. By establishing more energy efficient standards and practices, the state can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and reduce costs.

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