CARIBBEAN Community (CARICOM) countries are expected to complete the phasing out of the use of incandescent bulbs by September this year, the Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat announced Wednesday


Incandescent light bulbs emit an immense amount of heat, more than it does light, making it rather inefficient since the point of a light bulb is to give out light. It also gives off a substantial amount of carbon dioxide and contains the toxic substance, mercury.

It said the regional countries are undertaking the project to become more energy efficient, on the basis of a mandate from the CARICOM Energy Ministers.

The Secretariat said that the plans for the phase out programme are now being developed by the CARICOM Secretariat and the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality.

The programme will include a roadmap to reduce the import and sale of incandescent light bulbs within the region, and will guide and support countries in the establishment of regulations and actions for the phasing out exercise.

Why you may ask? Well,

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