In a joint announcement, Ontario Environment Minister Laurel Broten and Energy Minister Dwight Duncan announced yesterday that the province would become the first major jurisdiction in North America to ban conventional incandescent bulbs and other inefficient lighting technologies by 2012. This move is aimed at reducing Ontario's energy consumption in addition to lowering greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming.
This ban will make it illegal for retailers to sell ban will make it illegal for retailers to sell the incandescent bulbs, but homeowners and businesses won't be penalized for using them.
This ban is something that I've talked about in previous blog entries, 'Time to Ban Incandescent Light Bulbs?' and 'Australia agrees with my incandescent bulb idea'. It is about time that something like this is implemented even though I would have liked to have seen the implementation date come sooner. While I expect to see resistance to this at first, I think acceptance of this will be swift.
In many ways, this ban is similar to how the Montreal Protocol was implemented, where ozone zone depleting substances were phased out over a period of time. There was initial resistance to the Montreal Protocol, but once it was implemented, it has, as Kofi Annan has been quoted as saying, to be "Perhaps the single most successful international agreement to date...".
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