Feb 20 - Australia Plans to Phase Out Inefficient Lighting

Australia has become the latest government to announce plans to move towards energy-efficient lighting to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions Under the proposed legislation, all light bulbs that don't comply with specific energy efficiency goals would be gradually phased out of sale. Associated Press Writer Rohan Sullivan reports.

The Australian government on Tuesday announced plans to phase out incandescent light bulbs and replace them with more energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs across the country.

Legislation to gradually restrict the sale of the old-style bulbs could reduce Australia's greenhouse gas emissions by 4 million tons by 2012 and cut household power bills by up to 66 percent, said Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Complete Article>> in the San Francisco Chronicle.

CAW has proposed legislation this year that include efforts to set up lighting efficiency goals in the state, while also phasing out the purchasing of inefficient lighting sources, including incandescent bulbs by 2012 and the sale of them by 2018.

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