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Lighting the Green Revolution: The Rise of LEDs and What it Means for Cities

Posted by Content Coordinator on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012


Executive Summary

Efficient lighting in our homes, offices and city streets is a key part of the Clean Revolution – a swift and massive scaling up of clean technologies to create a safe climate, boost economic growth, and secure a prosperous future for all.

Lighting is responsible for 19% of global electricity use and around 6% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Saving 40% of lighting energy globally would have a climate impact equivalent to eliminating half the emissions of all electricity and heat production in the EU. And like many other energy-efficient technologies, efficient lighting will boost global prosperity. In the United States alone, cutting the energy used by lighting by 40% would save US$53 billion in annual energy costs, and reduce energy demand equivalent to 198 mid-size power stations.

This lighting revolution is already underway. It is being driven by advances in one technology: light-emitting diodes, or LEDs. LEDs are emblematic of the emerging Clean Revolution technologies, which promise minimal environmental impact, generate immense economic value, and have the power to change our lives for the better.

And through outdoor lighting, one of the most important drivers of LED market growth today, this technology is coming to city streets and parks near you.

Download full report (PDF): Lighting the Green Revolution: The Rise of LEDs and What it Means for Cities

About The Climate Group
“The Climate Group is an independent, not-for-profit organization working to inspire and catalyze leadership for a Clean Revolution: a low carbon future that is smarter, better and more prosperous. For all.

Founded in 2004, The Climate Group has operations in Australia, China (Beijing and Hong Kong), Europe, India and North America.

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