Phase out 60 watt bulbs, says taskforce

Traditional light bulbs of 60 watts and above should be phased out by 2011 and energy-saving light bulbs should be made much cheaper, according to the advice of the Lighting Taskforce reported in Monday’s Telegraaf.

The taskforce, which presents its findings to environment minister Jacquline Cramer on Monday, also wants the import tax on energy-saving light bulbs to be scrapped and the btw tax lowered, says the paper.
Getting rid of the traditional light bulb will only be successful if the alternative is cheap enough, the paper quotes the retail trade council RND’s Pieter Walraven as saying.
Nearly 10 million private label energy-saving light bulbs were sold in 2007, double the amount in 2006, says the paper.
Meanwhile economic affairs minister Maria van der Hoeven is quoted as saying that gas and electricity metres should be replaced with ‘smart’ metres by 2014. Smart metres will allow the providers to read the metre from a distance and take measures if too much energy is being used, says the Volkskrant.
The new metres will be debated in parliament on Monday.

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