This update is to inform our readers that the Global Lighting Association, of which MELA is an associate member, has published a position statement as a contribution for the UN Minamata COP 4.2 meeting. The position paper is available on the following link Library – Global Lighting Association.
GLA and its members consider it feasible to phase-out integrated compact fluorescent lamps as a first step in the global transition to LED.
For linear fluorescent lamps, it suggests reducing mercury content and that if necessary a global phase-out of linear fluorescent lamps should be undertaken with utmost care and attention taking into account global supply chain issues and availability of substitutes among other related issues.
The summary of the attached GLA position and proposal for the parties joining the UN Minamata Convention COP4.2 (21-25 March) is as follows:
Integrated CFL.i lamps are feasible to be phased-out after end 2026 as a first step in a gradual global transition to LED.
LFL Halophosphate lamps are feasible be reduced in mercury content to a level of 5 mg (same as LFL triband lamps) and are used as an affordable efficient lamp for consumers compared to e.g. incandescent lamps.
The phase out of non-integrated LFL and CFLni lamps should not be rushed as users need to adapt, rewire or replace the majority of installed fixtures by skilled installers due to limited compatibility of LED replacement lamps and safety requirements (see Annex 1). The financial, human and supply chain resources associated with such an enormous operation require careful long-term planning.
The Global Lighting Association believes that phasing-out fluorescent lamps requires careful, multi-year planning, where industry and authorities co-operate in a gradual transition towards smart LED lighting. Renovation policies and government incentives should be in place to support the transition in an affordable and sustainable fashion to fully reap the benefits of the latest LED-based lighting systems.
More details are available in the GLA position statement on the above link.