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ESMA launches indoor lighting standard for the UAE

New standard is estimated to bring about annual savings of AED668mn

H.E. Dr. Rashid Bin Fahad, UAE minister of environment and water
H.E. Dr. Rashid Bin Fahad, UAE minister of environment and water

The Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA) has announced the introduction of an indoor lighting standard for the UAE, which seeks to replace low quality, inefficient lighting products currently in the market with safe, high quality and energy efficient ones.

Besides helping reduce energy consumption, these measures will also ensure a reduction in carbon emissions, leading to financial savings for both the residents and the government.

ESWA will lead a six-month implementation of the standard, coordinating with corporate stakeholders, manufacturers, retailers and other authorities for the same.

According to ESMA, the new standard will result in annual savings of AED668mn ($181mn), of which approximately AED452mn ($123mn) will be saved by households each year. It will also remove the equivalent of 940,000 tonnes of carbon emissions, which is equivalent to removing 165,000 cars off the road annually.

The lighting standard was developed through collaboration between the government, private sector and NGOs as part of the Ecological Footprint Initiative, which was launched by the UAE in 2007 to find ways to manage the country’s very high per capita ecological footprint.

Commenting on the launch of the new standard, H.E. Dr. Rashid Bin Fahad, UAE minister of environment and water and chairman of the Ecological Footprint Initiative’s steering committee, said: "Local research as well as international best practice tells us that energy efficiency standards are proven to be a cost effective way to reduce energy usage and our carbon footprint.”

“The new UAE lighting standard will reduce the country's energy consumption by 340-500MW per year which is equivalent to not using an average gas power station for six months,” he said. “By developing this standard, the Ecological Footprint Initiative is successfully achieving its mission, and is helping to bring economic and environmental benefits to the UAE."

H.E. Razan Al Mubarak, secretary general, Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, said: “The standard will help to significantly reduce energy consumption by ensuring only high quality lighting products are available in the marketplace. The Emirate of Abu Dhabi in particular will realise substantial environmental and economic benefits, which is a great step forward in achieving our overall vision."

Eng. Mohammad Saleh Badri, director general, ESMA, said that the reason for developing the lighting standard was because switching to energy efficient lighting shows the highest potential in energy savings after cooling.

"After our work on the cooling standard, it was logical to focus on lighting,” Badri said. “This standard, which will come into force six months after today's announcement, will ensure that the market only carries high quality indoor lighting products that meet requirements including electrical safety, energy efficiency, functionality and limits content of hazardous chemicals.”


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