Greenpeace matches donation of 1000 fluorescent bulbs

Press release - 2007-07-08
Greenpeace launches the “Go Green! Save A Million Unit of Electricity” campaign this summer to encourage the public to switch to fluorescent light bulbs and other energy-saving lighting utilities. Furnishing brand IKEA fully supports the campaign by donating 1,000 fluorescent bulbs to the grassroots through the Neighbourhood and Worker’s Service Centre, which not only help save energy bill but also engage the public against global warming.

Greenpeace launches the “Go Green! Save A Million Unit of Electricity” this summer to encourage the public to switch to fluorescent light bulbs and other energy-saving lighting utilities. Furnishing brand IKEA fully supports the campaign by donating 1,000 fluorescent bulbs to the grassroots through the Neighbourhood and Worker’s Service Centre, which not only help save energy bill but also engage the public against global warming.

The Public Governance Programme of Lingnan University found out for Greenpeace in April that 20% of the interviewees continue to use incandescent bulbs out of habit. Incandescent bulbs, however, use up five times more energy to light up and emit 5 times more CO2.

671 citizens aged 18 or above were interviewed randomly. Some said "fluorescent bulbs do not fit the lighting design" (14.2%), "fluorescent bulbs are more expensive / standard bulbs are cheaper" (8.2%), "no particular reasons / I don't know" (14.2%), or "No plans to switch / Never thought of changing" (8.5%) etc. The survey also shows that 42% of the interviewees continue to use incandescent light bulbs at home.

Greenpeace advises the public to change to fluorescent bulbs and pledge at http://gogreen.org.hk/bulb/ to show their support against global warming. They can also download the HOW TO SAVE THE CLIMATE booklet which shows 37 tips to save energy at home.

"Fluorescent bulbs have been in the market for 30 years and efficient lighting devices such as the LED are also readily available. We can no longer wait for the market to change their habit," said Frances Yeung, Greenpeace Climate and Energy Campaigner.

Wong Yun Tat , Community Affairs Officer of Neighbourhood and Worker's Service Centre criticizes the Housing Authority's policy as 'inflexible' and 'not friendly' for residence to switch to energy saving bulbs. "The Authority install bayonet base for the bulbs in newly established housing estates. However, there are far less choices of bayonet based fluorescent bulbs than those of the screwing based. That's why energy inefficient incandescent bulbs can still survive in the community."

Kam, who lives in the Kwi Chung Estate, said it is more economical to use fluorescent bulbs, "Fluorescent bulbs help save electricity. Although it is more expensive, it is long-lasting. However, the Housing Authority installed only bayonet bulb base which is more difficult to find energy saving bulbs which match." She hoped the Housing Authority could help change the bulb base.

Burning fossil fuels such as oil and coal releases carbon dioxide which is the major reason leading to global warming. Incandescent bulbs are extremely energy inefficient as approximately 95% of the energy each bulb uses is wasted on heating up and only 5% generates visible light. Greenpeace urges the SAR Administration to legislate for a phase-out of incandescent light bulbs as a start by the administration to curb global warming.

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