En.lighten Initiative


Name of initiative en.lighten Initiative
LPAA initiative Yes
NAZCA Initiative No
Website address www.enlighten-initiative.org
Related initiatives
These 2 initiatives was the same.
Starting year 2009
End year 2017
Secretariat Efficient Lighting for Developing and Emerging Countries, UNEP (DTIE), 15, Rue de Milan, 75441 Paris cedex 9, France, Telephone: +33 1 44 37 19 86,

E-mail: jonathan.duwyn@unep.org

Organisational structure The en.lighten initiative has ended since is is now part of the "United for Efficiency (U4E)" initiative. Was the same as "SE4All: Lighting Efficiency Accelerator",
Geographical coverage Global, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and The Caribbean, Africa, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, North America
Name of lead organisation UNEP (DTIE)
Type of lead organisation International organisation
Location/Nationality of lead organisation France


Description The en.lighten initiative has been established to accelerate global market transformation to environmentally sustainable lighting technologies by developing a coordinated global strategy and providing technical support for the phase-out of inefficient lighting.
Objectives -globally phasing-out incandescent lighting by the year 2016.

The en.lighten program has the purpose of globally phasing-out incandescent lighting by the year 2016. It would result with the reduction of 490 MtCO2/year in 2016 from improved on-grid lighting products and 580 MtCO2/year from on-grid and off-grid lighting products (en.lighten, 2013).

One or two success stories achieved Recently, at the International Energy Symposium in Mexico City, Mexico, stakeholders committed to sustainable development met to discuss the growing need for electricity in Mesoamerica and the resulting effects of this growth. The event, held on 17 August and sponsored by Mexican Chamber of Electrical Manufacturers, CANAME, and the Secretary of Energy of Mexico, in cooperation with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Copper Association, gave manufacturers and industry experts the opportunity to share innovations and experiences.

Seven countries in Central America and the Dominican Republic are currently finalizing the adoption of technical regulations to establish minimum energy-efficiency standards and labeling for lighting products, motors, refrigerators and air conditioners. The current status and next steps to finalize these technical regulations were presented at this event.

The current harmonizing standard process in the region is “a successful step towards promoting energy efficiency in the countries, the competiveness of the industry, and complying with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change,” said Pablo Moreno, president of the National Chamber of Electrical Manufacturers of Mexico, partner of the United for Efficiency (U4E) initiative.

Monitoring and Impacts

Function of initiative Capacity building, Technical dialogue
Activity of initiative Knowledge dissemination and exchange, Training and education
Goals The overall objective of the project as part of the UE¤ Initiative is to mitigate climate change by reducing the growth of global electricity consumption through the creation of a global partnership accelerating markets for highly efficient electrical appliances and equipment.

The expected outcomes from the project are: 1.1 Consensus is reached by expert taskforces on the policy and strategy framework options for the deployment of energy efficient lighting (LEDs in household, commercial, industrial and outdoor lighting applications), refrigerators, air conditioners, motors and transformers, and related policy guidance and toolkits are developed for the countries. 2.1 Developing and emerging country decision-makers have increased awareness of the benefits (economic, financial and climate) of adopting enabling polices to foster the transition to more energy efficient products, and 150 country assessments are developed showing the savings and current policy status for each of the five products targeted under United for Efficiency. 3.1 Commitment is gained from key private sector partners and political leaders on energy efficiency of appliances, equipment, and lighting (to support implementation of this project and other projects on improving appliances and equipment efficiency) 4.1 National and rergional initiatives are supported/developed and implemented to transform markets for the deployment of energy efficient appliances and products.

Comments on indicators and goals
How will goals be achieved
Have you changed or strenghtened your goals
Progress towards the goals The project has made progress in supporting countries to leapfrog to LED lighting in order to increase the ambition of the en.lighten initiative. It hosted two Expert Taskforce meetings to agree on the policy recommendations for LEDs, lighting controls, and also to develop recommendations on the development of financial mechanisms.

The en.lighten initiative has been completed in 2015. As lighting is a key product of the SE4All actions scope, the lighting component is now under United for Efficiency (U4E). A policy guide on energy-efficient lighting has been developed and country assessments for 150 countries have been uploaded. Furthermore, a few national project on energy-efficient lighting will be implemented under the next phase of the United for Efficiency initiative.

For the en.lighten initiative relevant impacts have been measured: • Incandescent & Halogen are the least efficient light sources, and have decreased from 13.5 billion in the installed stock of 2010 to 10.0 billion in 2015. • CFLs have nearly doubled, from 7.7 billion in 2010 to 14.4 billion in 2015. • Linear fluorescent lamp stock has increased slightly - and is around 11.0 billion lamps in 2015. • LED lamps have had explosive growth in the stock, nearly 2000% going from 0.13 billion in 2010 to 2.4 billion in 2015. • HID lamps have increased, going from 0.8 billion in 2010 to 1.0 billion in 2015. • The total installed stock of lamps decreased from 33 billion in 2010 to 29 billion in 2015. Globally, switching the market to energy-efficient lighting would reduce CO2 emissions by 580 million tonnes every year.

How are you tracking progress of your initiative
Available reporting


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Companies 0
Business organisations 0
Research and educational organisations 0
Non-governmental organisations 0
National states 0
Governmental actors 0
Regional / state / county actors 0
City / municipal actors 0
Intergovernmental organisations 0
Financial Institutions 0
Other members 0
Supporting partners 0
Number of members in the years
Have only national states as participators No


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Last update: 2 October 2019 11:14:46

Not only have national states as participators