The Independent reports that all high-energy light bulbs will be removed from sale in Britain within four years under a pioneering deal between the Government and major retailers. Bulbs rated at 150 watts will be taken off the shelves as early as January under the voluntary agreement launched yesterday by a string of high street names.

Millions of 100-watt bulbs will be removed a year later, with all incandescent lights phased out by 2011, under the timetable agreed by the stores. Green campaigners welcomed the move, which is aimed at replacing millions of lights with low-energy fluorescent bulbs, but said the Government needed to act sooner to remove high-energy bulbs. Announcing the initiative at the Labour Party conference in Bournemouth, Hilary Benn, the Secretary of State for the Environment, said the move would save five million tonnes of CO2 per year from 2011.

He told delegates: “The major retailers and energy suppliers are now leading a voluntary initiative, with the strong support of the lighting industry and the Government, to help phase out traditional high-energy light bulbs. We need to turn them off – for good.” Mr Benn also suggested that he wanted to see inefficient appliances phased out. He said: “There are many more energy hungry gadgets on sale in shops that waste too much energy. That‘‘s why I want to see today‘‘s initiative widened. I want to see more retailers, manufacturers and service providers taking action to phase out the least efficient products from their ranges, for example, certain set top boxes and TVs, and so help offer greener choices to their customers.”

He told delegates that Britain could face a wave of immigration from people fleeing the effects of climate change. He said: “What are we going to do when people start arriving at our shores fleeing not from political persecution but from environmental catastrophe.” Mr Benn added: “Britain can either lead the world in a low-carbon transformation of our economy, in protecting our countryside and wildlife and in renewing our cities with jobs in new environmental industries or we can be left behind.”

Later, Yvette Cooper, the Housing minister, announced plans to invite the world‘‘s leading architects to compete to design a string of new eco-towns. She said she wanted the new towns to be the “antithesis of the monolithic, identikit aesthetic which is too often associated with new housing.

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WARMER BULLETIN ENEWS #39-2006-September 29, 2007
Kit Strange/Warmer Bulletin
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