One of the key goals of the en.lighten initiative is to develop flexible yet comprehensive policy recommendations that can be utilized by countries interested in implementing efficient lighting programs. These proposals are based on reviews of strategies for market transformation and regulatory phase-out in both developed and developing countries.
The Policy, Regulation and Finance Taskforce analyzes and provides recommendations for supporting policies, regulations and financial incentives to overcome barriers to enable the transition to efficient lighting. These suggestions will be flexible enough to integrate the diverse economic, technical and financial conditions of individual countries. They will address issues such as: the formulation of mandatory energy performance and quality requirements; supporting policies such as communications and awareness raising, labeling and finance; and, market surveillance aspects such as product registration, monitoring, verification and enforcement activities.
The Policy, Regulation and Finance Taskforce consists of three sub groups:
- Test Standards - established to measure performance standards without promoting any particular technology. Its primary task is to submit proposals to harmonize international test methods allowing for regional variation such as excessive temperature, humidity or unstable power supplies. This sub group will also ensure that test labs have the proper procedures and resources in place established.
- Minimum Energy Performance & Quality Requirements - responsible for the establishment of energy performance and light quality requirements based on international standards. Its mandate covers issues such as; lifetime, efficacy and lumen maintenance, colour matching and Colour Rendering Index (CRI), voltage sensitivity, power factor and harmonics and mercury content. Recommendations for the adoption of national standards will be established to ensure that quality products are available to all income groups.
- Monitoring, Verification and Enforcemen - ensures that only products complying with all relevant international and national legislation are made available to the marketplace. This will include issuing guidelines for monitoring mechanisms, such as registration and surveys, and enforcement mechanisms.