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Ibrahim Baylan calls attention to the Swedish Lighting Challenge
The Swedish Lighting Challenge is celebrating its first anniversary, and to mark the occasion Minister for Policy Coordination and Energy Ibrahim Baylan visited Gröna Lund, one of the most recent actors to join the initiative. A lot has happened since the initiative was launched a year ago, and actors from both the public and private sectors are now involved.
In May 2016, Mr Baylan launched the Swedish Lighting Challenge in Sweden. A platform has since been put in place enabling public and private actors to work together to ensure that Sweden is a driving force in developing and disseminating the lighting solutions of the future.
"Exciting technological advances are taking place in the field of lighting. I hope that through the Swedish Lighting Challenge, Sweden finds a framework for cooperation between the public and private sector. The initiative is also an example of how the energy transition can be used to create growth and jobs," says Mr Baylan.
In 2017 Gröna Lund joined the Swedish Lighting Challenge as part of its sustainability efforts. The amusement park has the goal of replacing all 17 000 of its light points with LED lighting.
Experience from the first year of the Swedish Lighting Challenge has shown that there are a number of different reasons to invest in efficient lighting, including reduced expenditure and the fact that the rapid advance of lighting technology has enabled new lighting design possibilities. Increasing demand for better lighting has also created new possibilities for lighting schools and hospitals, which may have good social spillover effects.
The Swedish Energy Agency has carried out a number of activities during the year as part of its Government assignment to implement the Swedish Lighting Challenge. The Agency is conducting close dialogues with municipal energy and climate change advisers in order to reach out to Swedish consumers and communicate the advantages of the new technologies. It is also working closely with the National Agency for Public Procurement to support public and private actors in their procurement of efficient and high-quality lighting.
The Swedish Lighting Challenge and the Global Lighting Challenge
In May 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 lamps 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.