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National policy to phase out inefficient lights expected

1 Jun 2021

The Authority for Public Services Regulation (APSR) is in the process of formulating a national policy on phasing out inefficient light bulbs in Oman. 

The authority has recognised the need to consider a comprehensive approach to raising energy efficiency and sustainability in the Omani market and reached an agreement with the Ministry of Energy and Minerals to conduct a comprehensive study on phasing out energy inefficient lamps in the sultanate in collaboration with the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion.

The authority has commissioned Three Pillars Consulting to conduct a study on phasing out inefficient lights in Oman in partnership with Econoler. The study will put forward a recommended national policy and programme to be submitted to the Ministry of Energy and Minerals for approval.

APSR recently organised a workshop for companies engaged in manufacturing, distribution and sale of lamps and lights in the sultanate on the efficient use of energy and the application of new technologies in the lighting sector. It will hold another virtual workshop on lighting technologies on Wednesday.

The workshop will include a presentation on the current lighting market and an interactive session on the policies that are being considered to phase out inefficient lights and improve energy efficiency.

APSR appointed Three Pillars Consulting in February this year to study international best practices and the readiness of the Omani market to formulate a national policy to phase out inefficient lights, laying down the necessary regulations that would fully or partially restrict the manufacture, import or sale of such inefficient lamps in Oman and adopt an optimal programme to implement the policy. 

The consultant is expected to provide options of phasing-out programmes in line with international and regional best practices as well as the findings on market readiness and Oman’s legal framework.

The overall programme is likely to include a comprehensive design consisting of a detailed timeline to phase out inefficient lights.

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