Lightbulb moment for Indian PM

It was a lightbulb moment for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday as he launched a scheme to spread LED bulbs throughout homes in Delhi. He also opened a national scheme to get the low energy bulbs in homes and streetlamps across the country. According to the Prime Minister’s website, Modi called for a people’s […]

Irish town social housing gears up for energy saving

Social housing in the Irish town of Ennis is set for a host of energy efficiency upgrades this autumn. Nearly 130 homes in the County Clare town are part of what the council describes as a “major retrofitting programme”. The Local Authority has received funding from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) to carry […]

Mind my bulbs: EU bans wasteful lightbulbs

Selling incandescent lightbulbs in the UK is now banned after an EU law came into effect on Saturday. Shops will no longer be allowed to order new stocks of energy intensive incandescent light bulbs of 40 watts or lower. Buying higher wattage bulbs had already been outlawed. Energy efficient bulbs use only a fifth of […]

Philips lights up rural African football pitches

Philips has pledged to put 100 solar-powered “light centres” in rural African communities by 2015. Some 1.6 billion people worldwide have no access to electricity. Philips says the idea is to create areas of light for communities which live without electricity and giving people more opportunities for sports like football and other activities including healthcare, […]

China phases out inefficient lightbulbs

China is to phase out inefficient lightbulbs next year. The Xinhua News Agency reported that Xie Ji of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said selling and importing incandescent bulbs of 100 watts or more will be banned from October 2012. While in 2014 the ban will be extended to 60 watt bulb. The […]