Global Lighting Challenge Guiding Principles

  • Commitments should utilize specifications for high-quality and high-efficiency products
  • Delivery approaches should strive to be self- sustaining and designed to minimize distortions to commercial markets
  • Programs should seek to ensure quality over the lifetime of the product/system

Why Should I Participate?

Given that lighting accounts for 15% of global electricity consumption and 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions (more than double the emissions of global air travel), accelerating the transition to energy-efficient lighting could be one of the most significant short-term initiatives to improve economic and climate conditions. By 2030, the work of initiatives like the GLC is projected to deploy 50% more lighting globally while consuming 50% less energy compared to today. More than just a statistic, we think of these efforts as a socioeconomic imperative—an improvement for humanity and our plant rooted in the innovation and collaboration spurred by efficient lighting. Join the GLC to help all of us get there faster.

The GLC provides a high-profile global platform to recognize public- and private sector leaders driving the global transition to efficient lighting. Energy ministers, CEOs, mayors, funders and others announcing major commitments to the Challenge and/or achieving exceptional energy savings will be invited to participate in high-profile international events including COP21 climate negotiations in Paris and the CEM7 meeting in San Francisco.


The Global Lighting Challenge is a race to reach cumulative global sales of 10 billion high- efficiency, high-quality, and affordable advanced lighting products, such as light-emitting diode (LED) lamps. This race will showcase the ways businesses, governments, and other public-sector leaders are taking action to accelerate this transition. Representatives from 12 countries and the European Commission endorsed the launch of the Challenge at the Sixth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM6) in May 2015.

The Global Lighting Challenge is now seeking commitments from public- and private-sector leaders to speed us toward the 10 billion goal.


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