Europe to ban old-style light bulbs

December 9th, 2008 - 8:14 am ICT by IANS  

Brussels, Dec 9 (Prensa Latina) The European Union (EU) will ban the sale of incandescent light bulbs from 2009 as part of an energy saving plan, officials of the 27-nation block said.The objective is to gradually replace the incandescent light bulbs in the market by fluorescent energy-saving bulbs, France’s Jean-Louis Borloo, chair of the EU Energy Ministers Council, Monday said.

The measure, already applied in other parts of the world, will be gradually implemented in Europe from the second half of next year. The decision was adopted during a meeting of EU heads of State last year.

The energy-saving bulbs are more expensive but last 10 times longer. Officials said the EU would save between 7.70 billion euros (about $9 billion) and 12.40 billion euros (about $16 billion) when the new measure comes into force.

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