The Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) Initiative Global Efficiency Medal competition for lighting was launched on 12 May. The competition will identify the most energy efficient lamps and luminaires on the market, as well as new technologies that push the boundaries of efficient lighting available today.
The official rules have been revised as of 13 October 2014 to reflect an extension of the nomination period to 31 October 2014. In addition, two categories have been added for GLS replacement lamps sold in India with 5500-6500K colour temperature.
According to the International Energy Agency, grid-based lighting accounts for almost 20% of world electricity consumption. The total energy consumed each year by all lighting sources is responsible for 1,900 megatonnes of carbon dioxide emissions – equivalent to 70% of the emissions produced by light passenger vehicles worldwide. By recognising and promoting the world’s most energy-efficient lamps and luminaires, the SEAD competition will spur greater innovation among manufacturers and help consumers make informed purchasing decisions that can lower energy bills. SEAD Global Efficiency Medals will be awarded to several categories of lighting products that demonstrate the greatest energy efficiency in each of four regions, including Australia. Overall international winners will also be named for the most efficient lighting product in each category. To ensure that the winning products are both energy efficient and of high quality, the competition will evaluate products for a number of quality criteria in addition to the luminous efficacy. Manufacturers and resellers (labellers) are invited to nominate their products by 31 October 2014. Prospective winners will be required to provide samples of each entry for verification of energy efficiency claims. Winners will be announced in February 2015 and honoured at an international awards ceremony in early 2015. See the SEAD website for the competition fact sheet, official rules and nomination form, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or EERlighting@industry.gov.au for more information. Efficient lighting is the fourth product type featured by this global awards program; the first three competitions recognised the world’s most energy efficient flat-screen televisions, computer monitors and electric motors. The Collaborative Labeling and Appliance Standards Program (CLASP) serves as the administrator for the Global Efficiency Medals competition. SEAD is an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial, a high-level global forum to share best practices and promote policies and programs that encourage and facilitate the transition to a global clean energy economy.