China plans huge efficient bulb subsidy

China, which makes 70% of the world's light bulbs, has unveiled a massive subsidy programme to promote energy-efficient bulbs and cut pollution.

China will make about 50 million low-energy bulbs in the first stage of the plan, Reuters reported the Ministry of Finance as saying, phasing traditional incandescent lighting out of the market.

As the largest light bulb maker in the world, sweeping changes in China could also speed the disappearance of incandescent lighting
around the world. If everyone in China made the switch in lighting, the country would save energy equivalent to about a 60-million-tonne
reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, the report said.

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