Greenpeace reveals Disney use of energy inefficient light bulbs

Press release - 2007-08-26
Although the alarm of global warming is raised, Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel unnecessarily uses energy inefficient incandescent light bulbs, which emit excessive greenhouse gases. Greenpeace activists reveal a banner saying “Mickey Cooks the Climate” in the hotel lobby and changed the energy inefficient bulbs in the lobby to energy saving ones.

Although the alarm of global warming is raised, Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel unnecessarily uses energy inefficient incandescent light bulbs, which emit excessive greenhouse gases. Greenpeace activists reveal a banner saying “Mickey Cooks the Climate” in the hotel lobby and changed the energy inefficient bulbs in the lobby to energy saving ones.

Greenpeace estimates that around 200 incandescent bulbs are being used in the hotel lobby's two giant chandeliers alone, not to mention in other hotel areas.

Assuming 200 60kWh bulbs are switched on 24 hours a day for 2 years consecutively, 210,240kWh of electricity will be consumed. If only these 200 bulbs are changed to 11kWh energy saving bulbs, merely 38,544kWh of electricity will be used and up to 90,999kg of CO2 can be saved. The amount of CO2 is sufficient for a full-loaded Double Decker to run between Wan Chai and Tai Koo Shing for 1400 times.

Greenpeace Climate and Energy Campaigner Frances Yeung says, "Disneyland actually dims its own fairytale by using energy inefficient bulbs and is costing our environment. Disney must immediately switch to fluorescent light bulbs and stop damaging the climate."

She also criticizes the government's reluctance to phase-out incandescent bulbs, as the city's first step against climate change, and leading directly to Disneyland's energy wastage. The Hong Kong government, as the theme park's largest shareholder, is accountable to 'green' Disneyland and push it to work on energy efficiency.

The Disney group claims itself a dreamland, and its latest movie buster, Ratatouille, also assists the U.S. Department of Energy to promote the use of fluorescent light bulbs. However, Hong Kong Disneyland is creating a climate nightmare by using excessive incandescent bulbs.

The Hong Kong Observatory predicts that winter will disappear in Hong Kong in 40 years as a result of global warming, and temperature will further rise by 3.5°C at the century end. Greenpeace launches the "Go Green! Save A Million kWh of Electricity" online campaign this summer and urges the citizens to commit to using energy saving light bulbs. Support to the campaign has made the collection of A Million kWh of Electricity possible and beyond target.

Burning fossil fuels such as oil and coal releases carbon dioxide, a global warming-causing gas, into the atmosphere. Incandescent light bulbs are extremely energy inefficient as they consume 5 times more electricity and emit 5 times more CO2 than their fluorescent counterparts.

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