Cost of delaying Bachat Lamp Yojana is 2,50,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per day

Greenpeace reminds the Prime Minister that he made a promise that he needs to fulfill

Press release - January 20, 2008
NEW DELHI, India — Greenpeace activists today registered their protest against the inaction of the Power Ministry in announcing the Bachat Lamp Yojana , a measure to address the global crisis of climate change and the energy crisis in the country.

Greenpeace volunteers march across Jantar Mantar in New Delhi to remind the Prime Minister of the long-overdue Bachat Lamp Yojana which is likely to save 95 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

The activists marched across Jantar Mantar to take their demand directly to the Prime Minister who is also the chairperson of the Climate Council, where the Yojana was first announced in July last year. To highlight the fact that every single day's delay is costing the environment 2,50,000 tonnes of CO2, the activists held hundreds of balloons with CO2 emblazoned on them. They also carried a tongue-in-cheek banner that greeted the Prime Minister, 'Happy New year' while reminding him that he had an important promise to keep to the country and the environment.

"The Power Minister Mr. Shinde, clearly has no idea of the urgency required in acting on the issue of climate change to safeguard the future of this country's people and the planet for future generations. We have less than 100 months to save ourselves from climate catastrophe and there is no time to waste." said Brikesh Singh, Climate and Energy campaigner, Greenpeace India. "We are now taking the demand directly to the Prime Minister, and we hope that we don't face the same dilly-dallying. We demand that the long overdue Bachat Lamp Yojana, be announced by this Republic Day", he added.

The Prime Minister has stated in his Independence Day address that we need to be concerned about global warming. That we owe humanity and future generations that we 'be economical in our consumption of fuels and energy'. "We hope that the Prime Minister means what he said and ensures that Bachat Lamp Yojana is announced by Republic Day. If this market mechanism has hit a roadblock, then other steps must be taken to ensure the phase-out of the electricity guzzling, incandescent bulb", added Brikesh Singh.

Greenpeace had started a Gandhigiri-style soft pressure campaign in the beginning of January. Activists delivered bouquets of balloons symbolising "avoidable CO2 emissions" at the doorstep of the Power Minister every day. Although the Power Minister met the activists on the first day, and assured that the Yojana will be out soon, he made no firm commitments about when the scheme would be operational. 

In April 2007 Greenpeace started the "Ban the Bulb" campaign demanding a phase-out of incandescent light bulbs by 2010 in India, and had gathered the support of two-and-a-half lakh Indians on the issue. According to Greenpeace this is one of the easiest and quickest steps that India can take which will save power as well as the climate and it should have already been on the table by now.

For further information, contact

Brikesh Singh, Climate and Energy Campaigner, +91-9880092210, OR

Jayashree Nandi, Greenpeace Communications: +91-9343868011,