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Insights into Energy Efficiency in Rio’s Favelas
‘Energy Efficiency in the Favelas’ report reveals new details about the impacts of energy inefficient services on residents in Rio de Janeiro favelas.
Tackling Water and Energy Inequality in the Favelas of Rio
Community youth and leaders generate data by and for the favelas on inequalities in water and energy access and quality.
New US Consumer Insights Reveal Overwhelming Support for Appliance Efficiency
Recent report from CLASP and Consumer Federation of America illustrates a significant opportunity for energy and cost savings through more stringent appliance standards.
California Passes Landmark Clean Lighting Bill
California Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 2208 into law, a landmark bill that sets phase-out dates for CFLs and LFLs.
Renewable Energy Systems
Supporting Circular Economy for Renewable Energy Projects
CLASP supports USAID in the development of country-specific circular economy plans to ensure the demand for renewable energy sources does not negatively impact the environment.
Brazil’s Elucidative Case of AC Efficiency Testing Circumvention
A case of manufacturer interference during efficiency testing for ACs in Brazil underscores the importance of reliable, airtight procedures.
We have always found that the technical contributions and policy recommendations from CLASP strongly complement our own advocacy efforts, collectively enabling us to deliver a compelling message to the Commission in support of ambitious regulations.Laura Degallaix
Secretary General, European Environmental Citizens Organisation for Standardisation
Hospital LED Retrofit in São Paolo Will Cut Lighting Costs by 40%
In partnership with the Healthy Hospital Project and CLASP, the Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina de Botucatu (Teaching Hospital of Botucatu) in São Paulo is replacing over 3,000 fluorescent bulbs with energy-efficient LED alternatives - reducing lighting electricity costs by 40%.
New report finds US hybrid heating could cut national heating costs by $13.6 billion
A new report from CLASP and the Regulatory Assistance Project advocates for households to replace existing air conditioning units at the end of their useful life with look-alike electric heat pumps.
Brazil’s Latest AC Policy to Dramatically Cut Costs and Emissions
New Brazil AC policy is expected to mitigate 72 Mt of CO₂ and deliver $6.2 billion USD in savings by 2040.
HEATR Act Introduced in US Senate
The Heating Efficiency and Affordability Tax Relief (HEATR) Act proposes incentives for manufacturers to increase production of heat pumps and phase out production of inefficient, non-condensing air conditioners.
Vermont Governor Signs Clean Lighting Bill
On May 19, Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed H.500 into law, officially making Vermont the first US state to ban all four-foot linear fluorescent lamps in 2024.
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.
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.
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.
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