Celebrities, citizens join Greenpeace to celebrate move to phase out incandescent bulbs

Press release - April 10, 2009
DELHI, India — Today, Greenpeace activists and celebrities celebrated the announcement of the Bachat Lamp Yojana(1) in the 8 cities of Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, and Pune, by setting up a stall at various public spaces to distribute Compact Florescent Lamps (CFLs) at Rs.15/- to show what the scheme would mean when it came into operation.

Lucknow: The Bachat Lamp Yojna is here! Greenpeace activists celebrate the launch of the Yojna at the Fun Republic Mall, Lucknow.

"The Government's announcement wasn't per chance. Greenpeace launched the Ban the Bulb campaign in 2006, calling for a phase out of inefficient light bulbs by 2012. Over 250,000 people signed the Ban the Bulb petition demanding ordinary incandescent bulbs be replaced with efficient ways of lighting. Many joined us in human formations to take the message across, while others helped Greenpeace 'raid' homes, shops, hotels to change bulbs," said Anirban Chakrabarty, Greenpeace activist.

"I am happy to celebrate this success with Greenpeace. This scheme will save energy, money and the planet from climate change." said Rabbi Shergil, who engaged people at the stall "We got the scheme, now we need to let the local governments know that we want the scheme implemented without any delay," he added.

Usha Uthup spoke about the importance of replacing energy-hogging incandescent bulbs with CFLs to people in Kolkata. Prahlad Kakkar and Mini Mathur spoke of the relevance of Bachat Lamp Yojna in Mumbai, while Anand Patwardhan expressed his joy and shared concerns on the Scheme in Pune. Director Vasanth, and Dhritiman Chatterjee joined us in Chennai, Vasundhara Das and Master Kishen in Bangalore, and Chandana joined Greenpeace activists to celebrate the launch in Hyderabad.


In India, lighting comprises 20% of all residential electricity consumption, 90% of this is wasted by incandescent bulbs in heating rather than lighting up. This is criminal, especially when we are facing peak power shortage. Undoubtedly, energy efficiency is the smartest way to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and bring down carbon emissions.

Greenpeace acknowledged that the "Bachat Lamp Yojana"[1] programme to replace 400 million incandescent bulbs with CFLs by 2012 is a good first step. If implemented correctly, the programme would save 10,000 MW of electricity and about 55 million tonnes of CO2 each year. This would have an effect equivalent to closing down four dirty coal-fired power stations. "If the whole world followed India's lead and eliminate wasted electricity from lighting, the cumulative effect would be equivalent to shutting down around 220 coal-fired power plants,"concluded Vinuta Gopal, Campaigner for Climate and Energy.

Contact information

Preetham , Greenpeace Hyderabad Office; Phone: 09963139702

Syed Mehaboob, Greenpeace Communications; Phone: 09731301983,

Notes to Editor

[1] The Bachat Lamp Yojana uses the Clean Development Mechanism to bring down the price of CFLs (from Rs 80- 100) to Rs 15, the price of an incandescent bulb. Under the scheme, 60 and 100 Watt incandescent lamps will be replaced with 11-15 and 20-25 Watt CFLs respectively.