EU criticised for contradictory policies

Published: Saturday 04 July 2015

The European Union (eu) was recently criticised for its contradictory policies on climate change and trade by the Worldwide Fund for Nature (wwf). On June 28, it asked the eu to scrap anti-dumping duties on Chinese energy-saving light bulbs. eu's plan not to extend the duties for five more years has been opposed by lighting equipment maker Osram, part of the Siemens group. eu should take this opportunity to show that it is open to "green" imports, said Eivind Hoff, a trade specialist with wwf in Brussels.

About 80 per cent of lighting in eu homes uses incandescent bulbs, even though new fluorescent lamps consume just 20 per cent of the energy used by a bulb, said wwf.So, a switch to fluorescent lamps could save 23 million tonnes of emissions each year in the eu.

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