A Simple Switch

A Simple Switch

  • Overview

    Vision / description

    To contribute to global sustainable and equitable development, as well as to tackle climate change and energy challenges, through the global lighting sector transition from ‘old’ in-efficient lighting to (intelligent) energy efficient lighting (the latter becoming increasingly identified with LED and Solar-LED lighting solutions).

    Project objectives

    The aim of the project is also to inspire other industry sectors to bring about similar sector transitions. In addition to economic and environmental benefits the program foresees that new resource efficient lighting solutions will contribute to the quality of peoples lives both in developed and in emerging & developing economies.
    Where lighting is responsible for 19% of global electricity consumption, about 25% of the ‘lighting electricity’ is dedicated for residential use (in peoples homes); 60% in non-residential buildings (offices; schools; industry; retail; hospitals; ..) and 15% in outdoor lighting (cities and communities).
    The program focuses on the transition to Energy Efficient Lighting, which in individual cases can lead to up to 80 to 90% energy saving, while on average the global savings amount to 40% (two thirds of installed lighting is in-efficient).


    Professional lighting end-users in all application segments; cities & communities; states & regions and their citizens; buildings owners; real estate community; consumers political platforms and organizations (global; regional; national); lighting industry; non governmental organizations; financial community; rural communities

    Current progress

    Currently the global lighting market transition is progressing well, and is past its ‘tipping point’. A significant amount of work is taking place in 1) outreach, awareness / communication, lighting education, 2) collaborative policy development, and 3) creation of market transition enablers (as e.g. financing mechanisms)
    - most OECD countries have defined and (partially or fully) implemented policy frameworks to phase-out in-efficient lighting (e.g. Europe – EuP Directive; USA – EI&SA; Japan; S-Korea; Taiwan, etc.)
    - all BRIC countries are actively working on market transition programs for lighting
    - for all emerging and developing countries we are a partner and co-founder of the enlighten program, the PPP with UNEP and other partners. At this moment (9/2013) a number of 50 countries from Latin America & the Caribbean, Africa, Middle East, Asia & Pacific have become a partner of the enlighten program and have embarked upon a commitment to phase-out in-efficient lighting in the coming years.

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    Sustainable Development Goals

    7. Affordable and clean energy; 11. Sustainable cities and communities; 12. Responsible consumption and production; 13. Climate action; 14. Life below water; 15. Life on land

    Regions / countries / territories

    Europe: Netherlands

    Issue areas

    Biodiversity; Climate Change; Energy; Principle 7; Principle 8; Principle 9

    Business sectors



    Stakeholders consulted

    Academia; Civil Society groups; Community leaders; Government

    Preferred partner organisation(s)

    NGO Global; NGO Local; Public Sector Organization; UN Entity

    Type of support needed

    Advocacy; Funding; Marketing/Communications; Monitoring and Evaluation; Project implementation; Seed funding; Volunteer

    Collective Action
    • This initiative has a potential for scalability.
    • This initiative is seeking additional partners.