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Market Lessons Learned

This task studied the lessons learned by the SSL Annex member governments on the introduction of quality, energy-efficient LED lighting products into their respective markets. Including, for example, how their markets developed and evolved, what approaches helped to ensure quality LED products, and important pitfalls to avoid. This work encompassed the publication of two reports - an initial report at the UN Climate Change Conference, COP21 in December 2015 and then a full report on June 2017.  These reports summarise the market experiences and successful programmes, offering guidance to policy-makers as they work to develop programmes and policies that will promote quality SSL products in their respective markets.

In December 2015, the SSL Annex published an Executive Briefing in conjunction with the launch of the Global Lighting Challenge which took place in Paris at the UN Climate Change Conference, COP21.  

On 26 June 2017, the SSL Annex published "Lessons Learned Bringing LEDs to Market" which highlights dozens of policies and programmes that contributed to the promotion of high quality, energy-efficient lighting in the SSL Annex member country markets.  This report captures quality assurance mechanisms, including market monitoring and performance testing; tailored communication approaches for consumers and businesses; manufacturer support and incentive approaches for consumers and businesses.

The SSL Annex member countries offer lessons learned from their work to promote quality LED lighting, recognising the fact that governments and other stakeholders can play a pivotal role in raising supply chain awareness of efficiency opportunities with LEDs, helping to build demand and stimulate supply for highly efficient and quality products.  The report covers four broad themes that encapsulate the lessons learned bringing these technologies to market:

  • Quality Assurance – considering market mechanisms such as minimum efficiency performance standards (MEPS), LED performance guidelines and specifications, and market monitoring, verification and enforcement.
  • Communication Tools – considering interventions such as product certification, labelling and information programmes, training programmes for retailers and initiatives to engage with lighting designers and other lighting professionals;
  • Incentive Schemes – promoting high quality lamps through specifications and incentives targeting the domestic and the professional lighting markets;
  • Domestic Manufacturing Support – recognising that the ‘science of today is the surplus of tomorrow’, many governments have looked to support their domestic companies engaged in LED lighting manufacturing, including public investments, awards and other programmes.

SSL Annex member countries have decades of combined experience with developing markets for LED illumination products; however, no single policy or programmatic model applies globally. Rather, a portfolio of market transformation policy and programme tools can support and sustain markets for high quality, energy efficient products. Governments and energy efficiency programmes can raise awareness of efficiency opportunities and the benefits of LED products, throughout the supply chain.  In many cases, support for developing and deploying LED illumination products constitutes the first step in a rapid market transformation to an energy-efficient economy.