Transforming Pacific Light – IIEC and the PELS Project

IIEC has been selected by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) to develop the Pacific regional Efficient Lighting Strategy (PELS) document. The goal of PELS is to transform the lighting markets in the Pacific to be more energy-efficient, and to consume higher quality, environmentally sound lighting technologies.

Preparation of PELS has been undertaken through a consultative approach, and the 2nd working group discussion was organized in Canberra, Australia on 25thFebruary 2015 as part of a larger Pacific Regional Workshop on Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) and the Pacific Appliance Labelling and Standards (PALS) program, funded by the Government of Australia.

From left to right, a group photo of workshop participants, and a general atmosphere of the meeting

The 2nd PELS working group discussion was facilitated by IIEC with support from Mr. Steve Coyne, a consultant from the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP). The discussion was attended by 18 delegates, representing 11 Pacific Island countries. Representatives from SPC, the Australian Government, and the lighting industry also participated and shared their valuable input during the discussion.

The PELS working group discussed various issues pertaining to phasing out incandescent lamps and promoting energy-efficient lighting. Some of the topics raised included, the Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for lighting products in the Pacific, supporting policies and mechanisms, and environmentally sound lamp waste management. The working group agreed in general that MEPS requirements for non-incandescent technologies will follow the PALS program, and two different MEPS levels for 110-120V and 220-240V power supply will be initially adopted by PELS. The PELS preparation team is planning to finalize the PELS document, and organize a technical validation workshop in 2015.

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