Electric.ie Nov/Dec Edition

ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 15 Industry News Phase-out of general lighting mercury lamps less than one year away The 2019 EU eco-design rules for light sources and separate control gears and the 12 RoHS Delegated Directives published in February 2022 will impact the placing on the EU market of compact and linear fluorescent lamps (CFLs and LFLs) for general lighting over the next year. While EU eco-design rules have already phased-out CFL-i and T2 and T12 LFL lamps last autumn, the RoHS Directive now also restricts the placement on the EU market of CFL. ni and Long-life LFL lamps as of 25 February 2023 as well as of Long-life CFL, T5 and T8 LFL lamps as of 25 August 2023. Now is the time to work with a lighting expert to review your current lighting and plan your transition to LED lighting systems, that can be combined with sensors and controls to deliver significant energy savings and enable better lighting options. ർ�We are now less than 1 year away from the restriction of several widely-used mercury-containing lamps in the EU. LightingEurope members are working with customers and authorities to help explain how the two sets of EU rules (eco-design and RoHS) will affect the availability of mercury containing lamps over the next few months, identify suitable alternatives and plan for the renovation of their lighting installations. The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) debated its strategic vision on energy, highlighting the actions needed to reform the EU's energy market. It also stressed the need to guarantee security of supply and affordable prices for both consumers and industry. The EESC is committed and determined towards the decarbonisation of the EU's energy system, and calls on EU policy-makers to respond to the consequences of decades-long energy dependence. EESC president Christa Schweng addressed the plenary session with these words on 26 October 2022 in the debate on the EU's energy Tackling the energy crisis - organised civil society calls for a realistic and pragmatic approach to energy transition transition and strategic autonomy, which featured Professor Leonardo Meeus from the European University Institute, Director of the Florence School of Regulation and Loyola de Palacio Chair in the Robert Schuman Centre. "We need to work on a green transition at a pace that businesses and societies are able to keep up with, and with accompanying measures allowing for Europe's global competitiveness and innovation. The EU has the potential to reduce its dependence on imported energy by developing its local, renewable energy capacity, but proper investment incentives need to be ensured," said Ms Schweng. Professor Meeus referred to the EU electricity market reforms proposed by the European Commission, pointing out that the current electricity market that had been built over the past 20 years could be part of our future, as long as we completed and combined it with new instruments to engage consumers and modernise networks. "The energy crisis would have been bigger if we had not had these electricity markets. When there are shortages in one Member State, the flows cross the border and reach another country, helping to build stability and solidarity in the European Union," he said. A strategic vision on energy transition to enable the EU's strategic autonomy can be found at this link... https://www.eesc.europa.eu/en/our-work/opinions-information-reports/opinions/strategic-vision-energy-transition-enable-eus-strategic-autonomy