Halogen bulbs are AXED in latest eco drive: Ban could slash carbon emissions by 1.26M tons a year
Halogen and fluorescent light bulbs are to be banned in a switch to ‘green’ LED alternatives.
The move will reduce the UK’s CO2 emissions by 1.26million tons a year, equivalent to removing 500,000 cars from the roads, it is claimed.
Halogen sales will be outlawed from September. New laws will see fluorescent bulbs phased out from 2023.
LED bulbs typically last five times longer than halogens and produce just as much light, yet use up to 80 per cent less power.
Halogen sales will be outlawed from September. New laws will see fluorescent bulbs phased out from 2023. Pictured: Halogen bulb
The rule change is part of a package of energy efficiency improvements to appliances, which will save consumers up to £75 a year on energy bills.
Energy minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said: ‘We’re phasing out old inefficient halogen bulbs for good, so we can move more quickly to longer lasting LED bulbs, meaning less waste and a brighter and cleaner future for the UK.
‘By helping ensure electrical appliances use less energy but perform just as well, we’re saving households money on their bills and helping tackle climate change.’
The plans, set to be announced today, include a ban on the sale of lighting fixtures with bulbs that can’t be replaced. These account for 100,000 tons out of a total 1.5million tons of electrical waste generated in Britain each year.
Energy minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan (pictured) said: ‘We’re phasing out old inefficient halogen bulbs for good, so we can move more quickly to longer lasting LED bulbs, meaning less waste and a brighter and cleaner future for the UK’
The drive to cut greenhouse gas emissions first saw incandescent bulbs outlawed in 2009. Halogen bulbs were promoted as green alternatives but will now become obsolete, with LED lights used in offices, shops and, increasingly, lampposts.
Minister for Climate Change, Lord Martin Callanan, said: ‘Flicking the off-switch on energy inefficient light bulbs is a simple way that households can save money at the same time as saving the planet.
‘Phasing out halogen bulbs in favour of LED alternatives that last longer, are just as bright and cheaper to run, is another way that we are helping tackle climate change.’