CELMA and ELC joint forum represents views of European lighting industry (MAGAZINE)

A recent seminar highlighted the ongoing efforts of the European lighting industry to deliver high-quality, energy-efficient LED lighting solutions, writes TIM WHITAKER.

With so many people in Frankfurt for the Light+Building tradeshow earlier this year, two industry organizations took the opportunity to hold a joint LED forum, sharing views representing the “European Lighting Industry.” At the European level in Brussels, Belgium (the location of the European Commission), the lighting industry is represented by CELMA for luminaires and components, and by the ELC for lamps.

Andreas Ludwig, CELMA President at the time of the event, explained that the objectives of the European lighting industry, as represented by CELMA and ELC, are to increase the market opportunities for CELMA & ELC members to sell high-quality LED lighting products and systems, and to ensure satisfaction of consumers and end users. Three key methods to achieve this are by speeding up and increasing the adoption of LED products and luminaires; by driving standards and certification in favor of high quality solutions; and by educating the market.

Ludwig also stated that “the European Lighting Industry welcomes the arrival of EU Regulations on EcoDesign (EuP)” which include the phasing out of energy-inefficient lighting products (sometimes referred to rather inaccurately as “Ban the Bulb” legislation). He noted that the continued improvement in LED technology will enable a major contribution towards the EU’s “20/20/20” energy-saving objectives. By 2020, these objectives call for a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, a 20% increase in energy savings and a 20% contribution from renewable energy sources.

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This article was published in the July/August 2010 issue of LEDs Magazine. To read the full version of this article, please visit our magazine page, where you can download FREE electronic PDF versions of all issues of LEDs Magazine. You can also request a print copy of LEDs Magazine (available by paid subscription) and sign up for our free weekly email newsletter.

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