Planning For The Withdrawal of Incandescent Bulbs

CONSUMPTION: The Traditional Bulb Disappears From Our Shelves

The rem placement of incandescent by ” lamps low consumption ” would allow France to save 8 terawatt-hours of electricity consumption (equivalent to two times annual electricity consumption of the inhabitants of Paris). The purchase and use of “low energy” light bulb saves net of several tens of euros with his life very high.

Commitments of the Grenelle Environnement, a convention was signed between the Ministry of sustainable development and different actors retail and DIY for the withdrawal of the sale of incandescent bulbs and the promotion of the lamps low consumption.

Two days ago began the first stage of the withdrawal from the sale of the product the more inefficient:

  • 30/06/2009: withdrawal of ≥ 100 W incandescent bulbs
  • 31/12/2009: withdrawal of ≥ 75 W incandescent bulbs
  • 30/06/2010: withdrawal of ≥ 60 W incandescent bulbs
  • 31/08/2011: withdrawal of ≥ 40 W incandescent bulbs
  • 31/12/2012: withdrawal of ≥ 25 W incandescent bulbs

The retail will promote “light bulbs low consumption” through different actions:

  • increase in the market share of the lamps low consumption of category A and B so that they reach a market share of 35% end of 2010.
  • implementation of promotional actions of reduced the purchase price of the lamps low consumption.
  • improvement of the quality of fluorescent lamps compact. All the products on sale must conform to the requirements of the European EcoProfile (version January 2008).
  • increase the collection and recycling of end-of-life. Compact fluorescent lamps contain small amounts of mercury and it is essential to take back used products to a collection point for their recycling.
  • improvement of information and awareness of consumers to direct their purchases to lamps low consumption and to develop the recycling.