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25 Feb 2009 05:02:06

India cuts emissions with light plan

India cuts emissions with light plan
India has taken action to lower its carbon footprint with the introduction of a plan to phase out incandescent light bulbs.

The Banchat Lamp Yojana programme is part of the country's National Action Plan on Climate Chance and will see 400 million traditional bulbs replaced with low-carbon alternatives by 2012.

Using the Clean Development Mechanism, the scheme is designed to reduce the price of low-energy CFL bulbs and will also see 60 to 100 watt incandescent lights replaced with 11-15 or 20-25 watt CFLs.

The move has been welcomed by Greenpeace, with the organisation pointing out that 20 percent of all domestic electricity consumption in India is used for lighting.

"This programme shows how real emission cuts in developing countries can occur with financial support of the developed world," said Srinivas Krishnaswamy, political and business advisor to Greenpeace India.

"India must see the current climate crisis as an opportunity to develop along a sustainable pathway, rather than build energy infrastructure that is unsustainable for the planet and the national economy."

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