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Electricity for interior lighting—lighting we use in our homes, businesses, and industries—accounts for approximately 12 percent of global power consumption and roughly 1,575 million tons of CO2 emissions each year.

Preliminary SEAD Initiative analysis found that the adoption of best practice energy efficiency policies for lighting products in participating SEAD economies could, by 2030, save approximately 450 TWh each year and reduce annual CO2 emissions by 210 million tons.

To date, more than 30 economies around the world have developed minimum efficiency standards or labeling programs for highly-efficient LED lighting and lamps, though many countries have quality and safety standards in place.


SEAD supports public-private coalitions to deploy high efficiency, high quality appliances around the world by gathering commitments from policymakers, private industry, expert groups. The Global Lighting Challenge is a campaign to deploy 10 billion high efficiency, high quality lighting products. Since its launch, the GLC built a volunteer coalition with more than 60 governments, manufacturers, retailers, and expert groups working together to accomplish its 10 billion product goal. It was originally designed to last two years.

Visit the Global Lighting Challenge page for more information.

SEAD Global Efficiency Medal

The 2015 SEAD Global Efficiency Medal competition will recognize and award the world’s most energy-efficient lighting products.