Ireland to Ban Incandescent Light Bulbs by 2009

Ireland has become the first European country to announce the ban of incandescent light bulbs. They will ban the sale of incandescent light-bulbs by the year 2009.

In a statement, John Gormley, the Minister for the Department of the Environment said, “The aim of such a move will be to end the use of incandescent light bulbs in Ireland. These bulbs use technology invented during the age of the steam engine. By getting rid of these bulbs we will save 700,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year. It has been estimated that consumers will save €185 million in electricity costs every year as a result of the measure.”

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