Australia’s largest lighting industry organization, the Australian Lighting Association, announced today that as the world enters the era of LED lighting, halogen lamps will disappear from Australian retail stores in the next 12-24 months.
At the recent Council of Ministers meeting of the Australian Government (COAG) Energy Committee, the Australian Lighting Association warmly welcomed the adoption of a new regulation that applies to the promotion and application of next-generation LED lighting technology in Australia.
In a highly competitive global market environment, the lighting industry still provides employment opportunities for up to 400 to 500 manufacturing companies across Australia, but it has also been faced with a significant increase in compliance costs, and new compliance costs have arisen from the need Apply the Commonwealth Department of the Environment’s bill to Australian federal law.
“Early resolutions were simply a disaster,” explains Richard Mulcahy, chief executive of the Australian Lighting Association.
"An additional increase of up to $80 million will only increase consumer prices and reduce job opportunities in this industry, which is one of Australia's few dynamic manufacturing industries."
The focus of the debate is how Minister Frydenberg will intervene after hearing important industry reports.
“Ministry Frydenberg saw the problems in the motion and guided his department to reformulate the policy based on the understanding of the real situation in the industry. The latest motion passed by the Australian Government Council (COAG) was a very reasonable move to Australia. Regulations and overseas relevant laws and regulations have maintained a consistent compromise proposal."
“The extraordinary leadership of Minister Frydenberg has won him applause. We are also very grateful to Prime Minister Turnbull for his support in solving this problem.”
“In addition, Minister Frydenberg has made a significant step in reducing the Australian household bill for electricity,” Mr Mulcahy said when agreeing to disable the halogen lamp. It is estimated that this initiative will save Australian consumers $10 billion over the next decade.
“The power consumption of halogen lamps is 3-5 times that of next-generation LED technology lighting. As an industry committed to environmental protection, we are very pleased to play a major role in reducing family and corporate budget pressures.”