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Compact Fluorescent Globes in Legislation

Australia is even striding ahead of California in aiming to remove incandescent globes from its shops… 

According to the Government, phasing out incandescent globes over the next three years could save about 800,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions a year by 2012 and as much as 4 million tonnes in 2015.

At best, that would be far less than a 1 per cent cut in Australia’s greenhouse emissions, which were 564.7 million tonnes at last count in 2004 and are forecast to keep growing rapidly. Yet the Government’s decision to ban inefficient bulbs was widely applauded yesterday, by everyone from welfare and environment groups to shoppers out buying new lights.

Source: The glass ceiling – In Depth – theage.com.au

A 1% cut in GHG emissions seems to be nothing to write home about, but the small steps that can be taken to improve efficiency and consumer awareness have to be worth the effort. After all, from small changes, great ideas grow.

I’m still not sure they’ve thought it all through, there still seems to be issues with mercury levels if these go straight to landfill, and I don’t see any Australian companies recycling light globe components.

 However, some question whether legislation is the answer, citing that in some situations Compact Fluoro’s just don’t cut it.

Basically though, its a step in the right direction, and an easy step at that. The government looks like it’s doing something about the problem, and the population is forced to adjust to a cleaner, greener way of life. All a good start in my books.

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Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.