Tuesday, 20 September 2011 12:39

New Zealand Compact Fluorescent Lightbulb Project

New Zealand Compact Fluorescent Lightbulb Project

Location: New Zealand
Project type: Energy Efficiency
Standard: Verified Carbon Standard
Verification/Validation: Det Norske Veritas (DNV) 

Environmental Benefits

  • Mitigates climate change
  • Reduces localized air pollution
  • Reduces fuel usage and the environmental harm caused by fossil fuel extraction

Community Benefits

  • Expansion of new technologies
  • Reduced consumer electricity bills
  • Consumer cost savings from CFLs' longer lifetime

Project Description

Carbonfund.org supports this project because it offers public education and financial incentives to household consumers for the adoption of Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFLs). CFLs have a longer life and are more efficient when compared to traditional incandescent bulbs. CFLs also generate excellent light output.

The New Zealand Compact Fluorescent Lightbulb Project began in 2005 by following a Clean Development Mechanism methodology to distribute an initial 62,000 CFLs. Between 2005 and 2007, the Project reduced nearly 75,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions and now has the goal of expanding its distribution to 3 million CFLs to reduce an estimated 1 million tonnes of CO2.