Seduction is the way to go for low-energy light bulbs

26th May 2008, Comments 0 comments

Lighting taskforce wants to lower VAT rate for low-energy lightning and impose a levy on conventional light bulbs.

26 May 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - The Lighting Taskforce, created by Environment Minister Jacqueline Cramer at the end of 2007, says that consumers should be seduced, not forced, into buying low-energy light bulbs.

Initially, the minister wanted to ban incandescent light bulbs, but she withdrew her plan due to strong opposition in parliament.
The taskforce wants to scrap European Union import duties, which constitute 60 percent of the price of low-energy light bulbs made in Asia.

It also wants to lower the VAT rate for low-energy lighting, and impose a levy on conventional light bulbs.

In addition, the government should make it compulsory for hospitals and offices to use low-energy light bulbs, which use 80 percent less energy.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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