Adoption of sustainable lighting crucial in India: Piyush Goyal

It is essential to educate citizens and encourage adoption of sustainable lighting in India so that consumption of power for lighting should not go up from the existing 19 percent, union Power Minister Piyush Goyal said here Thursday.

IANS| Last Updated: Sep 18, 2014, 19:08 PM IST

New Delhi: It is essential to educate citizens and encourage adoption of sustainable lighting in India so that consumption of power for lighting should not go up from the existing 19 percent, union Power Minister Piyush Goyal said here Thursday.

"With growing consumer standards, urbanisation and the government’s aspiration to make lighting available for all, consumption of power for lighting should not go up from the existing 19 percent. It is essential to educate citizens and encourage adoption of sustainable lighting,” he said.

Goyal was speaking at the ongoing four-day (Sep 18-21) business-to-business lighting industry fair, Light India 2014, that began Thursday.

“The country is realising the importance of this exposition and I can see a lot of brands here today. I would urge sector players to scale up their operations to make energy efficient lighting solutions viable and attractive to consumers,” he said.

Goyal further urged sector players to move ahead with the changing times and become the change needed to create zero effect on the environment.

The event has brought together 200 exhibitors including foreign contingents from China, Spain, Italy, Japan, Korea, Russia, Taiwan, Turkey, the UAE and Britain on the show floor.

Green Lighting is the theme of the fair this year. The exhibition unveiled energy efficient and innovative lighting technologies, its various applications in the form of latest products, luminaires and accessories that town planners, architects and builders can expertly use to design green buildings and use in commercial, residential and public spaces.

“With the government’s ambitious plan to upgrade urban India, Indian town planners need to re-evaluate existing structures and adopt high-performing and energy saving lighting. Light India aims to bring sector players along with architects, interior designers, retailers, construction companies, institutional buyers and government authorities under one roof and put these energy-efficient lighting innovations in all-encompassing business platform for the industry,” Raj Manek, executive director and board member of Messe Frankfurt Asia Holding Ltd said.