President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of the Philippines has followed the step of Australia and Canada. She stated in the Philippine Energy Summit that the Philippines will phase out incandescent bulbs by 2010. This is the first commitment from the countries in Asia.
Changing incandescent bulbs to fluorescent bulbs is considered as one of the most effective ways to reduce electricity consumption and in the end, green house gases. Fluorescent bulbs need only 20% of energy that incandescent bulbs used to produce the same amount of light. In addition, they last six to ten times longer. This initiative has a potential to reduce green house gases by 2.2 million tons starting from 2010.
Definitely a bold and wise move from the Philippines. This is an effective way to reduce global warming and the implementation is relatively simple as well. Other countries should follow this initiative.
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