IALD Europe: Importance of Lighting Design Highlighted at EU Parliament Committee Meeting

On 10 October 2018, Paul Hodson, head of the Energy Efficiency unit at the European Commission Directorate General for Energy, attended a session of the European Parliament Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI).

The Directorate-General for Energy works to develop and implement the EU’s energy policy for Europe. This Commission department is responsible for secure, sustainable, and competitively priced energy for Europe.

The European Parliament invited Hodson to outline and justify the adopted eco-design and energy labelling measures impacting lighting products, while also examining EU industries and the citizens using them.

Hodson explained the final objective of the new regulatory measures is to support the ongoing transition to LEDs in order to secure the lighting share of energy savings objectives adopted by the EU. In his concluding remarks to the debate, Paul Hodson emphasized the importance of European lighting designers, who bring economic value to the European economy.

The public statement is a result of the work done by the IALD staff and volunteers over the last three years to explain and promote the importance of lighting designers.

In addition to this effort, the IALD public policy and regulatory affairs team and European volunteers have joined forces with a coalition of other associations to work and advocate on behalf lighting designers, including the ALD (UK Association of Lighting Designers), Pearle (Live Performance Europe), PLASA (The Professional Lighting and Sound Association), Motion Picture Association (MPA-EMEA), the Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT), FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations), and CEPI (European Coordination of Independent Producers).


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