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CLASP Joins Civil Society Organisations to Call EU Commission “Phase out domestic gas cooking appliances to protect health”
In a joint letter sent today, the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) and 14 other signatories call
upon European Commission to phase out domestic gas cooking appliances, as they endanger Europeans’ health.
Renewable Energy Systems
GreenMax Capital Group and CLASP Launch Green4Access First Loss Facility to Drive Uptake of Renewable Energy Solutions in East and West Africa
Green4Access (G4A) is a new blended finance risk mitigation tool for energy access lending in East and West Africa supported by the IKEA Foundation. The increased financing triggered by G4A’s risk mitigation instruments will enable low-income households to invest in solar home systems and appliances, deliver mini-grid installations and improve service delivery at community health facilities.
Renewable Energy Systems
Press Release: CLASP & Nithio Launch Financing Facility for Productive Use Appliances
Access to productive use appliances can deliver significant economic, health, education, and quality of life benefits for an estimated 60 million households worldwide and put under-electrified parts of the world on a low carbon pathway to electrification.
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.
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.
Turn Out The Lights on Fluorescents
New report highlights the health and environmental risks of mercury-containing fluorescent lighting and outlines actions to transition to more energy-efficient, cost-effective LEDs.
The contribution from CLASP has been instrumental in the process for setting ecodesign and energy labelling requirements on televisions and computer monitors.Paolo Tosoratti
Policy Officer, Energy Efficiency; European Commission
Eliminating Toxic Lighting in the EU
In a new study, CLASP found the continued use of inefficient, mercury-based lighting for an additional two years wipes out economic savings across the EU of 12.2 billion Euros, with the four largest economies - Germany, Italy, France and Spain representing 77% of the lost financial savings.
Ending Toxic Lighting Together – CLASP Coordinates the Clean Lighting Coalition
CLASP is proud to announce that we are coordinating the Clean Lighting Coalition (CLiC), a global partnership to capture the health and environmental benefits of eliminating mercury-based lighting under the Minamata Convention on Mercury.
Nexus Solutions to Intersectional Issues
As we approach the 26th Conference of Parties, CLASP Associate Sara DeMartini suggests that carbon neutrality can only be achieved with nexus solutions – those that take systemic, cross-sectoral approaches that examine the relationships between resources and people.
CLASP Publishes First-of-its-kind Report on Medical Equipment and Clinic Electrification
The WHO estimates that 70% of medical devices in the Global South do not function and remain unused, in large part because the design of most medical equipment does not reflect the needs of off- and weak-grid clinics. Our report seeks to raise awareness of this under-appreciated challenge.
New Pakistan Cooling Initiative Will Expand Access and Lower CO₂ Emissions
In December, CLASP expanded its partnership with the Pakistan government to develop a national action plan for sustainable cooling.
New Efficiency for Access Campaign Centers Off-Grid Appliances in COVID-19 Response
Appliances are Vital makes the case for including low-energy, inclusive appliances in the global pandemic recovery effort.
Conversations with CLASP: New Podcast Features Huda Jaffer of SELCO Foundation
Through conversations with partners, CLASP is exploring the implications of the novel coronavirus for the clean energy access sector. We hope that you enjoy this candid dialogue with the experts on the challenges and opportunities that face the sector right now.
Celebrating World Standards Day 2020
World Standards Day 2020 is themed “Protecting the Planet with Standards.” In celebration of World Standards Day, CLASP is highlighting several best-in-class, new and innovative standards for energy-consuming appliances and equipment around the world.
Electric Cooking Impacts: Electric Pressure Cookers Enhance Community Resiliency
In 2020, the Global LEAP Awards launched the inaugural Electric Pressure Cooker (EPC) Competition. Through the Electric Cooking Impact Series, we share insights into the role of EPCs in enhancing community resiliency to global shocks like the COVID-19 pandemic.
Report Shows Market Readiness to Eliminate Mercury-Based Lighting
A new report by CLASP and the Swedish Energy Agency (SEA) on the availability of LED lighting in Europe shows that as the European Commission considers an update to rules governing the sale of products containing hazardous chemicals, there is no technical or economic justification for mercury-based fluorescent lamps to remain on the market.
Environmental Dumping, A Perspective from Ghana
In this article we’re pleased to feature CLASP partner Kofi Agyarko of Ghana’s Energy Commission, as part of CLASP’s #ClimateWiseCooling campaign. Mr. Agyarko’s interview supplements CLASP and IGSD’s recent publication “Environmentally Harmful Dumping of Inefficient and Obsolete Air Conditioners in Africa”.