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A new collaborating centre for energy efficient lighting opened in Beijing on Wednesday.
The Global Efficient Lighting Centre (GELC) has been launched by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Chinese National Lighting Test Centre.
Dianne Penn reports.
The Global Efficient Lighting Centre is designed to boost efforts by developing countries to phase out inefficient light bulbs.
According to UNEP, almost 50 developing and emerging economies have committed to phasing out incandescent light bulbs by 2016.
UNEP estimates that over $110 billion could be saved worldwide every year through a transition to efficient lighting.
The agency says that yearly savings in electricity would be equivalent to closing over 250 large coal-fired power plants, resulting in avoided investment costs of approximately $210 billion.
UNEP adds that this would also cut an equivalent to the CO2 emissions of more than 120 million medium-sized cars.
The Global Efficient Lighting Centre in Beijing will provide energy efficiency technologies to projects in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the South Pacific.
Dianne Penn, United Nations.