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CLASP Announces New Efficiency for Access Management Team
CLASP Senior Manager Nyamolo Abagi will now oversee the Efficiency for Access program, with the support of CLASP Manager Yasemin Erboy Ruff in a deputy role.
Elisa Lai transitions to lead VeraSol, a global quality assurance program for off-grid solar solutions
Elisa Lai, a Senior Manager at CLASP, takes up leadership of the VeraSol Quality Assurance Program.
Pakistan’s New Refrigeration Policy to Save Shopkeepers $900M by 2030
CLASP supported a new refrigerated display case (visi cooler) policy that will save Pakistani shopkeepers millions through reduced energy costs.
Vermont Becomes First US State to Ban Common Fluorescent Tubes
The Vermont Senate followed in the footsteps of House of Representatives in adopting legislation to ban sales of 4-foot linear fluorescent light bulbs starting January 1, 2024.
CLASP 2021 Annual Report
In the newly released 2021 Annual Report, we highlight how CLASP is making appliances as ‘planet neutral’ and ‘people positive’ as possible.
Announcing CLASP’s New Senior Leadership Council
CLASP's senior leadership council has expanded to further integrate our programs and adapt our work to a changing world.
CLASP occupies a space that no other organisation is likely to fulfill in Europe. The combination of robust technical analysis with international experience and best practice provides a technical foundation that underpins progressive policy positions.Hans-Paul Siderius
Ecodesign representative, Netherlands Enterprise Agency
Why Compliance Counts
Emphasizing the importance of clean energy solutions and appliance efficiency and quality policies are at the core of CLASP’s work. One step that is often overlooked in the energy efficiency sector is compliance, a critical activity that helps governments protect the anticipated benefits of efficiency policies for consumers, the market, and the planet.
What Happens to the Mercury in Your Fluorescent Lamps?
California has an opportunity to accelerate the transition to clean, modern, mercury-free LED lighting through the passage of AB-2208 which would effectively eliminate all compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) lighting in the state beginning in 2024 and linear fluorescent lamps (LFLs) in 2025.
CLASP Collaborates with Hinckley to Mitigate Mercury Pollution from Fluorescents in Nigeria
CLASP is working with Hinckley Recycling in Nigeria to install the country’s first fluorescent bulb-eater. The bulb-eater will allow Hinckley to properly dispose of the toxic mercury vapours contained in every fluorescent, protecting communities in Lagos from harmful exposure.
Brazil and China Meet to Discuss the Future of Cooling MEPS
Representatives from Chinese and Brazilian governmental bodies met to discuss development of commercial air conditioning MEPS in a global context.
Integrating Appliance Efficiency into Nationally Determined Contributions
CLASP’s new report investigates the lack of appliance efficiency policy included in countries’ NDCs and provides recommendations to governments on how they can best leverage ambitious appliance efficiency policies in revised climate commitments.
Convention on Mercury Promises CFLs Phase-Out; Action on LFLs Delayed
At the Minamata Convention on Mercury fourth Conference of Parties (COP4), 137 governments adopted amendments to phase out a major category of fluorescent lighting, but actions were stalled on others.
CLASP Supports Water Solutions in Increasingly Dry South Africa
Among the driest countries in the world, South Africa must implement urgent solutions to mitigate potential water crises. CLASP is supporting the South African government to implement efficiency policies to protect valuable water resources in the country.
PRESS RELEASE: 35 Countries Show Climate, Health and Economic Benefits of LEDs
New evidence from the Clean Lighting Coalition demonstrates that LEDs are a more cost-effective, safe and climate-friendly alternative to mercury-containing fluorescents for countries around the world.
CLASP Commemorates International Women’s Day with Safe & Efficient Hospital Lighting
This International Women's Day, we highlight CLASP's Nyamolo Abagi who is launching hospital LED retrofits in Brazil, Nigeria and the Philippines to lower hospital energy costs, provide better quality lighting and reduce the risk of mercury exposure for both patients and staff.
PRESS RELEASE: Low-Cost LEDs Should Replace Mercury-Laced Fluorescent Bulbs
A new study from ACEEE, ASAP, CLASP and the Clean Lighting Coalition finds that fluorescent tube light bulbs, once embraced as an energy-efficient option, use far more energy than today’s LEDs and are now a needless toxic health risk
EU Bans Toxic Fluorescent Bulbs Domestically but Continues Exporting
The European Commission published a law that will phase-out general purpose fluorescent lighting, citing mercury toxicity, across Europe in 2023. Since 2019, CLASP has contributed research and evidence to support this decision in Europe and is now working to phase-out fluorescents globally under the Minamata Convention on Mercury.
Refurbishing Europe’s Fluorescent Lamp Manufacturing Facilities
EU domestic market for fluorescents will be gone in 2023 and regional export markets to the major trade partners is also being phased out by separate legislation. Through the EU Taxonomy Fund, there is potential to invest and convert these facilities to create a long-term, domestic supply of high-quality LED tubes in Europe, produced in Poland and Germany.