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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

EU-wide light bulb ban passed : 44 votes v 14 votes
Ban The Bulb is pleased to be able to inform you that the European Union's Environment Committee has officially voted (with 44 votes for and 14 votes against) to phase out domestic incandescent light bulbs.

This officially means that, across the EU's 27 member nations, 100W light bulbs will now be phased out as of September 2009.

In December 2008, The European Commission's Regulatory Committee voted to recommend a ban, but this latest vote, by the EU's Environment Committee consisting of MEPs, means that the ban will definitely become law.

As far as Ban The Bulb knows, this is the first law to phase out domestic incandescent light bulbs to be passed anywhere in the world...

The Ban The Bulb campaign was set up 4 years ago, and spent a long time campaigning on this issue alone, so is obviously delighted to see this turn of events.

Ban The Bulb would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the significant help that it, and the goal of a highly energy efficient Europe, have recently received from Germana Canzi, Edouard Toulouse and Stephan Scheuer; who have all played an important part in ensuring that during the EU's consultation process was more thorough and transparent than might otherwise have been the case.

Update : EurActive.Com : Parliament paves way for wider eco-design product list