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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.
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.
Efficiency for Access Launches New Efficiency for AgTech Campaign
The 2022 Efficiency for AgTech campaign highlights energy-efficient agricultural solutions that can enhance global food security and build climate resilience.
How Much Energy Does Your TV Use?
To reduce the burden on South Africa's national grid and reduce consumers’ electricity bills, CLASP is supporting the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) to develop efficiency policies for televisions. These policies will further help reduce CO₂ emissions from the country.
LED Manufacturers Join Forces with the Clean Lighting Coalition
The CLASP-coordinated Clean Lighting Coalition brings together 37 LED companies across 17 counties to demonstrate market readiness for a global transition to clean, energy-efficient LED lighting.
PRESS RELEASE: Off-Grid Solar Products Deliver High Satisfaction for Kenyan Consumers
CLASP, which leads the VeraSol quality assurance initiative, commissioned a study to evaluate consumers’ experiences with off-grid solar products in Kenya. This study was the first of its kind and sought to complement existing data gathered through laboratory testing by focusing on how consumers interact with quality-verified and non-quality verified products.
CLASP Supports Efforts to Increase Productive Use of Energy in East and Southern Africa
CLASP is conducting a market analysis for UNIDO to better understand the status, barriers and gaps in productive use markets in East and Southern Africa.
CLASP Supports Policies to Improve Water Efficiency in South Africa
Over the past five years, South Africa has experienced an ongoing drought and water crisis. CLASP is supporting the South African government to introduce efficiency policies that will reduce water consumption and wastage.
2022 Global LEAP Awards Off-Grid Cold Chain Challenge Announces Preliminary Finalists
Seventeen products from 14 companies have been selected as preliminary finalists of the 2022 Global LEAP Awards Off-Grid Cold Chain Challenge.
CLASP Research Supports Ghana’s Efforts to End Appliance Dumping in Africa
On behalf of the African Parties to the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the Ozone Layer, Ghana submitted a draft decision proposing next steps in stopping the environmentally harmful dumping of new and used cooling appliances that are also inefficient and/or use obsolete refrigerants. CLASP and IGSD’s investigations supported the quantitative and policy foundation for this proposal.
Global LEAP Results-Based Financing Mechanism Opens Bid Submissions for Electric Pressure Cookers
The Global LEAP Results-Based Financing mechanism for electric pressure cookers provides money in incentives to help accelerate the global appliance market for EPCs.
Can Solar Improve Livelihoods for Small-Scale Farmers?
Across Sub-Saharan Africa, solar-powered appliances are becoming increasingly sophisticated and context-specific to meet the unique needs of off-and weak-grid communities. Solar companies continue to innovate new solutions to replace high energy-consumingor traditional fuel operated appliances – especially for agriculture. In Kenya, our team visited Agsol to learn how their solar-powered mills offer new income-generating opportunities for farming communities.
Analysis Finds ROI of Appliance Efficiency Well Below Social Cost of Carbon
New analysis from CLASP finds appliance standards and labeling policies deliver major climate benefits well below the social cost of carbon.
Global Phase-Out of Fluorescents an Opportunity to Accelerate Adoption of LED Lighting
CLASP Manager Nyamolo Abagi wrote this piece for leading lighting industry platform Edison Report. The article details the importance of a rapid phase-out of toxic mercury-containing fluorescent bulbs in favor of more efficient, safe and mercury-free LEDs.
CLASP Supports Development of South African Efficiency Policies to Mitigate the Electricity Crisis
To increase efficiency and accelerate the adoption of high-quality lighting products, CLASP is supporting the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) and the South African National Development Institute (SANEDI) in developing minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) for streetlights in a bid to reduce the pressure on the national grid.