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Goal reached: 10 billion more energy-efficient lightbulbs now on global market


Minister for Policy Coordination and Energy Ibrahim Baylan yesterday announced that the goal of the Global Lighting Challenge has been reached. Over two years, a number of Swedish and international actors have made commitments to bring more efficient lighting to the market.

In Sweden alone, electricity consumption for all lighting could be halved if every inefficient lightbulb were changed in favour of the most efficient technology currently available. The Swedish Lighting Challenge has made an important contribution towards reducing electricity consumption from lighting and increasing awareness of energy-efficient solutions in Sweden.

"The Global Lighting Challenge is an excellent example of how global cooperation between governments and businesses can genuinely hasten the energy transition. In Sweden, we launched the Swedish Lighting Challenge, and it has had the same effect. I am proud, but not satisfied. Now we need to take the next step and raise our level of ambition," says Mr Baylan.

In Sweden, 92 actors have supported the Swedish Lighting Challenge, with 65 of them taking measures to boost demand for high-quality energy-efficient lighting. Their engagement in the challenge has provided good examples for the future and set in motion ripple-effects that will last beyond the challenge. Commitments made by participants in the Swedish Lighting Challenge include the following:

  • Köping Municipality has changed the lightbulbs in its illuminated exercise trails, halving their electricity consumption.
  • The Gröna Lund theme park is changing all of its lightbulbs and will reduce the electricity consumption of its lighting by 75 per cent.
  • Supermarket chain Coop is changing the lightbulbs in its 250 stores and has reduced the electricity consumption of its lighting by 21 GWh, or 40 per cent.

Press contact

Sami Mashial
Press Secretary to Minister for Policy Coordination and Energy Ibrahim Baylan
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00

The Swedish Lighting Challenge and the Global Lighting Challenge

In 2016, the Swedish Energy Agency was instructed by the Government to set up activities in Sweden to promote energy-efficient lighting as a way of reducing the need for electricity. The Swedish Lighting Challenge is Sweden’s implementation of the international ‘Global Lighting Challenge’ initiative launched at the climate change conference in Paris in 2015. The goal of the Global Lighting Challenge is to deploy 10 billion high-efficiency lightbulbs on the market as quickly as possible. The governments of a number of countries have endorsed the Global Lighting Challenge, including Sweden, India, Germany, South Africa, the United States and the United Arab Emirates.

Global energy meetings in the Öresund region

On 21–25 May, Nordic Clean Energy Week will be held in different locations in Malmö, Lund and Copenhagen. The Nordic energy ministers will hold their annual meeting on 22 May. On 23 and 24 May, the ninth Clean Energy Ministerial and third Mission Innovation will bring together energy ministers from the Nordic countries, the EU and the G20 countries to advance the development of clean energy.