China’s Roadmap for the Phase-out of Incandescent Lamps launched in Beijing

04 Nov 2011

On 4th November 2011, a press conference was held to formally launch a ‘Roadmap’ for the phasing out of incandescent lamps in China. As part of an ongoing initiative between UNDP and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) to replace every light bulb in China with more energy efficient alternatives, this event was attended by Mr. Xie Ji, Deputy Director-General of the NDRC and Mr. Christophe Bahuet, UNDP Country Director. The adoption of five steps to remove incandescent lamps around China represents a significant step in China’s pursuit of a green economy and society. Details of the five steps are as follows:

Step 1: The period from 1st November 2011 to 30th September 2012 will be reserved as a period of preparation for the transition.
Step 2: Prohibition of the sale and import of incandescent lamps (≥100W) for general lighting services from 1st October 2012.
Step 3: Prohibition of the sale and import of incandescent lamps (≥60W) for general lighting services from 1st October 2014.
Step 4: The period from 1st October 2015 to 30th September 2016 will be reserved for interim evaluation.
Step 5: Prohibition of the sale and import of incandescent lamps (≥15W) for general lighting services from 1st October 2016, and other adjustments as required following the outcomes of the interim evaluation.