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Ana Maria Carreño Leads as Senior Director of Climate
After more than a decade strengthening global appliance efficiency policies at CLASP, Ana Maria Carreño is stepping into a new role as Senior Director of our Climate portfolio.
Forecast Climate Impacts up to 2050 with Mepsy
Mepsy, CLASP’s climate impact calculator, now allows users to forecast climate impacts into 2050.
Meet CLASP’s New Research Team
CLASP recently integrated our climate and clean energy access research teams, with the expanded mandate of climate adaptation, equity, and environmental justice and protection. Meet our new team!
Find CLASP at the International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting (EEDAL)
From 1-3 June, team members from our Washington D.C., Nairobi, Europe and New Delhi offices will present at the International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting (EEDAL) in Toulouse, France.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How Will Your Country Benefit From Banning Fluorescents?
CLASP recently updated Mepsy with the ‘African Lighting Amendment Scenario,’ demonstrating the national-level cost and energy savings if the world ends the manufacture, export and import of fluorescents by 2025. The scenario aligns with the proposed lighting amendment submitted by the African Region to the Minamata Convention on Mercury.