Energy Minister Greg Barker has rejected a call for the UK to be exempted from the European Union’s ban on incandescent light bulbs.

Conservative MP David Nuttall said that the UK should push for a ‘complete exemption’ from the rules that have phased out incandescent lamps. as part pf a re-negotiation of it’s EU membership.

Nuttall said:

[The UK should be given back] the right to be able to use whatever light bulbs we want – without being told so by the EU.

Barker defended the ban by saying:

By having energy-efficient light bulbs, we are driving innovation and driving down people’s electricity bills. We do not want to go back to having high-cost energy bills and turning our back on innovation.

Labour MP Sheila Gilmore also asked whether people with photosensitive health conditions can use incandescent light bulbs.

Barker replied by saying:

The UK is sympathetic to concerns raised about the potential health impacts of lighting… and will press the European Commission to take this into account in the upcoming review.


Latest Blog Posts

0 0 votes
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments