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Campaign to replace bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps - Express India


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Posted: Oct 01, 2008 at 0206 hrs IST

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Pune, September 30 In order to promote Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) and phase out ordinary bulbs to reduce carbon emission, two city-based NGOs—BAIF research and development and Rotary Club of Poona West—have launched an awareness campaign. Posters will be displayed at electrical shops as part of the campaign, where consumers will be educated about the adverse effects of ordinary bulbs on the environment.

“Global warming is a severe problem directly linked to the carbon di-oxide production, which in turn is directly linked to the energy consumption of people. Consumers must know that CFLs are five times more efficient and each of them reduces carbon production by 125 kg per year in comparison to ordinary bulbs,” said BAIF president and managing trustee Narayan Hegde.

The posters will start appearing in electrical shops near the cash counter in another two weeks. The NGO’s will also talk to shop owners to promote CFL. According to Hegde, consumers also stand to gain Rs 400 per year if they replace ordinary bulbs with CFL ones. “It may look expensive in the beginning, but once people understand the economic and environment benefits, they will find it a win-win situation,” he said.

An ordinary bulb costs about Rs 30 while a CFL costs around Rs 110. However, CFL consume five times less energy and have a lifespan of four years, each bulb saving half a tonne of carbon di-oxide. According to BAIF, there has already been a 20 per cent substitution of CFL because of price reduction in the last two years and Hegde said that this would improve in the coming months.

Depending upon the success of the campaign, BAIF is also planning on approaching the producers with a petition to stop the production of high carbon yielding bulbs. “If the people respond well, there is no reason why we cannot ask the producers to stop production. But it will be a slow process. A lot of poor people may not be able to afford CFL even if it is more efficient in the long run,” Hegde said. With the help of Rotary, BAIF is also targeting school children in the city to raise environment awareness

Campaign to replace bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps - Express India

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