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article imageAustralia bans traditional light bulbs and replace it with Compact Flourescent Lamps

By Chris V. Thangham     Feb 20, 2007 in Environment
Australia begins a plan that will replace all incandescent light bulbs to Compact Fluorescent Lamps by 2010
Australia has announced plans to ban traditional light bulbs in a move Prime Minister John Howard called a practical step toward slowing climate change. Claiming a world first for a national government, Environment Minister MalcolmTurnbull said incandescent lightbulbs would be phased out by 2010 in favour of the more fuel-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.
Australia is leading the way of controlling greenhouse gas emissions by introducing compulsory replacement of traditional lamps with compact Fluorescent lamps (CFL). The Environment minister says this replacement would cut Australia's greenhouse gas emissions by four million tonnes a year by 2015.
He even goes a step further and says if the whole world switches to the CFL, the electricity consumption can be reduced by five times the current Australia's annual consumption of electricity. The climate challenge is a global one, just Australia effort alone won't be enough so he urges other countries to follow.
Turnbull said the traditional light bulb's lack of efficiency was reflected in the heat it wasted when switched on.
"A normal light bulb is too hot to hold. That heat is wasted and globally represents millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide that needn’t have been emitted into the atmosphere if we had used more efficient forms of lighting," he said.
Even the Australian Prime Minister John Howard who was against Global Warming rules and regulations agrees to this CFL change plans.
Green groups and the opposition Labor Party welcomed the move but said the government needed to examine more meaningful ways to reduce global warming, including signing the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gas emissions.
Opposition environment spokesman Peter Garrett said the major contributors for global warming are not individual rather big corporations, so the Government should do more to control them also besides this plan.
Other countries are also planning to do this, in the US only the California State have started a similar initiative.
US energy policy think-tank the Rocky Mountain Institute estimates that replacing a 75-watt incandescent light bulb with a 20-watt compact fluorescent saves 1,300 pounds (590 kilograms) of carbon dioxide over the life of the bulb.
The institute said the average life of a 75-watt incandescent bulb is roughly 750 hours, while the life of an energy-efficient bulb is 10,000 hours.
So, even if the Government doesn't start every one should start implementing this, rather than complain about the Government's actions.
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