The race is on to install 10 billion high-efficiency, high-quality and affordable lighting products as quickly as possible. To accomplish this goal, the Global Lighting Challenge (GLC) was announced at the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris on 7 December.

Super-efficient and affordable light-emitting diodes (LEDs) have enabled a rapidly growing global commercial market for off-grid solar lighting. This is helping to bring clean and safe lighting within reach of 1.2 billion people who lack access to modern energy services around the world.

An overnight global transition to highly efficient lighting could avoid more than 800 million metric tons of CO2 emissions.

Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) countries and global corporations are collaborating to meet the challenge. Initial commitments to the GLC include:

  • India’s goal to deploy 805 million LED bulbs within three years
  • China’s target of 5 billion LED bulb sales over the next two years.
  • IKEA’s pledge to sell over 500 million LED bulbs over the next five years

Additional commitments and supporting actions have been made by the governments of Australia, Germany, Mexico, Sweden, the UK and US. Several lighting corporations are onboard.

See the Global Lighting Challenge website for more information, with a section on Australia’s activities.