Title: The Results of the GreenLight Programme and the Extension in the New EU Member States and Candidate Countries
Citation: Improving Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings Proceedings of the IEECB'06 conference, Frankfurt, 26-27 April 2006 vol. 1 p. 59-70
Publisher: European Commission DG JRC
Publication Year: 2006
JRC N°: JRC33126
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC33126
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: To convince end-users to adopt efficient lighting technologies and systems and achieve a long lasting market transformation, the European Commission launched in 2000 the European GreenLight programme. It is an on-going voluntary programme whereby private and public organisations (referred to as Partners) commit to adopting energy-efficient lighting measures when (1) the cost of these measures is repaid by the associated savings and (2) lighting quality is maintained or improved. GreenLight Partners report annually on their achievements within the programme. In return for their commitment, not only do they benefit from large savings, but they also receive broad public recognition for their effort in protecting the environment. So far, GreenLight has gathered more than 280 public and private organisations, including major players. Several lessons have been learned at all stages of the GreenLight process. At the marketing stage: often energy savings alone do not constitute a sufficient reason for companies to join GreenLight. Public recognition benefits have proven to be effective additional arguments to convince them, including the fact to be seen as environmental ‘champions”. Arguments related to indirect productivity increase would also be decisive if they could be scientifically demonstrated. In the upgrading process, GreenLight Partners need a user-friendly lighting audit procedure which they can easily follow to quickly identify which spaces can be upgraded and which cost effective measures can be applied. Complex material does not get used. Information gathered within GreenLight show that there is a need to develop further rules of thumb, simple lighting quality assessment procedures, and lighting energy benchmarks for other spaces than offices (including average and best practice figures in W/m2 or kWh/m2). The final decisions are often take at high levels and the information presented to the senior management as to be simpler and based on economic terms. Finally, in the GreenLight progress monitoring, the main issue was to provide Partners with an extremely simple form to report on their achievements. This form currently consists of one page per facility. It contains a short description of the baseline and the post-installation lighting conditions. The Commission has been assisted in the implementation of GreenLight by the energy agencies (or similar organisations) of 26 European Countries, who had a fundamental role in promoting the GreenLight at national and regional level. Over 1000 buildings have been upgraded in the GreenLight programme, offering a very large set of examples of efficient lighting solutions in the different sectors (schools, offices, airports, supermarkets, etc.). The paper present the main results of the GreenLight programme, and the main lessons learnt. A new project supported by the Intelligent Energy for Europe Programme has been started at the beginning of 2006 to promote the GreenLight Programme in some of the new Member States and Candidate Countries.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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