Switch to 'green' light bulbs

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 17 July, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 17 July, 2007, 12:00am

As part of its 'Go Green! Save A Million Units of Electricity' campaign this summer, Greenpeace has distributed free fluorescent light bulbs and other energy-saving lighting devices to public housing units.

The campaign, which has received large-scale donations including 1,000 light bulbs from furniture company IKEA, is aimed at reducing the use of incandescent light bulbs.

According to a study by Lingnan University, although incandescent light bulbs use up to five times more energy and emit five times more carbon dioxide, 42 per cent of those surveyed were using them.

Greenpeace especially objects to the Housing Authority's slow transition from incandescent to fluorescent lighting.

Wong Yun Tat, community affairs officer of Greenpeace's Neighbourhood and Worker's Service Centre, accuses the Housing Authority of being 'inflexible' and of 'installing bayonet bases for the bulbs in newly established housing estates'. This limits the type of fluorescent bulbs that can be used.

Greenpeace is currently petitioning the government to introduce legislation to phase out incandescent light bulbs in an effort to curb global warming.