NZ, Oz to ban use of incandescent bulbs
WELLINGTON — New Zealand will ban traditional light bulb sales from October
next year to cut greenhouse gas emissions and save up to half a billion dollars in energy
costs over 12 years, the government said yesterday.
Energy Minister David Parker said incandescent bulbs would be phased out
and replaced with compact fluorescent bulbs across the country.
“The traditional light bulb is very old technology and inefficient,” said Mr Parker
in a statement.
“Only 5 per cent of the energy it uses generates light — the rest is wasted as
heat,” said Mr Parker in a statement. The sales ban will take effect next
year, the same time as neighbour Australia introduces a similar ban.
Unlike Australia, New Zealanders will be allowed to import old-style light bulbs
into the country for personal use. Government spokeswoman on energy
efficiency and conservation Jeanette Fitzsimons said: “New Zealanders will be able
to save almost NZ$500 million ($514 million) by 2020, just by changing the lights.” AP