OSRAM has become the world’s first lighting manufacturer to receive approval from the United Nations for a “Clean Development Mechanism” (CDM) for reducing CO2 emissions.
This sustainable methodology based on the Kyoto Protocol, which many countries have signed as an indication of their commitment to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, will enable many millions of incandescent light bulbs to be directly replaced by energy-saving lamps over the next few years in developing and emerging countries mainly in Africa and Asia.
“OSRAM is sending out a clear and practical signal with regard to climate protection”, said Franzjosef Schafhausen, Head of Division, the German Federal Environment Ministry.The project was launched by OSRAM three years ago and with official sanction to the CDM methodology it would now be publicly available for any interested company or organization.
“With the CDM method that we have developed we are making an active contribution to climate protection. It will lead to an appreciable reduction in CO2 emissions, help developing and emerging countries to keep their energy needs at low levels and save consumers in these countries their hardearned cash. It is an ecologically valuable and economically sensible model”, said Martin Goetzeler, President and CEO of OSRAM.
Incandescent lamps are the most widely sold products on the worldwide lighting market, at around 12.5 billion units. Each incandescent lamp replaced means around half a tonne less of CO2, averaged throughout the world. “We therefore invite all lighting manufacturers to adopt our method and promote further energy-saving lighting solutions together,” said Goetzeler.
OSRAM is already working on initial projects in developing countries. Since the individual CDM projects are designed to run for 10 years and the lamps should not be replaced in this period, the most durable energy-saving lamps from OSRAM, namely OSRAM Dulux Longlife lamps, are used here.
To implement its approved method, OSRAM will enter into local cooperation agreements, for example with power supply companies or energy agencies. The plan is for the costs for the new energy-saving lamps to be borne by OSRAM and its partners. This is because the target group comprises households that could not normally otherwise afford to buy energy-saving lamps.
The tools for refinancing this investment are the CO2 certificates generated from the CDM project. In the implementation projects currently planned by OSRAM the replacements are intended to be at zero cost. There is even a financial benefit for the new users of energy-saving lamps in the form of savings in electricity consumption of up to 80%. lThey also last up to 15 times longer. Developing and emerging countries will also be in a better position to control their energy demands thanks to millions of energy saving lamps. There is a further positive effect for the CO2 balance because these countries often have to rely on coal and oil as their primary energy sources.
OSRAM is one of the two leading lighting manufacturers in the world and around 40 % of sales comes from innovative products. Energy-efficient products have always been a central component of the global research and product development activities and corporate strategy of OSRAM. In 1985, for example, the company invented the energy-saving lamp with integrated electronic control gear.
Its latest product in form of the energy-saving lamps converts 95% of the energy it consumes into heat and only 5% into light. Over its life of up to 15 years an OSRAM Longlife energy-saving lamp will save about one megawatt hour (MWh) of electricity and around half a tonne of CO2 emissions.