energy saving lighting

Efficient Lighting Project in Rural India

Replacement of ICLs with LED lamps in Gujarat, India.


Replacement of ICLs with LED lamps in Gujarat, India

This project, starting in 2022, implements a switch from inefficient incandescent lightbulbs to LED lighting solutions in rural farming households of Gujarat, India to reduce fossil fuel-based energy consumption and save on energy costs.

The purpose of this project is to reduce fossil-fuel based electricity consumption in the rural households of Gujarat by introducing energy efficient LED lamps to replace incandescent lightbulbs (“ICLs”).


The Project Will Serve to:

Increase rate of improvement in energy efficiency.

Improve formalization and growth of micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) involved in LED bulb manufacturing in India.

Environmentally sound disposal of the baseline lamps, which would not happen in the absence of the project.

Increase direct and indirect employment of local citizens.

537,990 tons of CO2 emissions mitigated during the crediting period of the project.

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houses of local residents

Project Challenge


Over the past few years, household consumption of electricity has grown manyfold. This is mainly due to large-scale electrification, increased penetration of consumer appliances, among other factors. It is predicted that in the next two decades, the lumen hour demand in India will increase by approximately 82% for residential buildings and 54% for commercial buildings.

India faced a peak time power deficit of 1.2% in 2021-22. Over the years while demand has increased, the supply has remained constrained resulting in a number of consumers not having access to sufficient power supply.

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Project Actions

Actions Taken

An incandescent lightbulb requires 60 watts of power to emit around 700 lumens of light whereas LED bulb can emit 700 lumen by consuming just 9 watts.

About 95% of the energy in LED is converted into light, and only 5% is wasted as heat.

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Project Results


Considering the exponentially increasing demand for electricity in the coming years, energy efficiency in lighting has the potential to achieve tremendous energy savings in the country.

The electricity saved by replacing ICLs with LED will be available for other consumers thereby improving their quality of life. The lower electricity consumption reduces household bills and makes efficient lighting affordable for many local families. Conditions for local children improved and became much healthier. Now they study and do their homework at LED lights that is not harming their eyes. In the past they often used candle light to save on electricity costs.

This project is expected to generate a total of 537,990 tCO2e emission reductions over the crediting period of 10 years starting from 2022.

Csaba Sinka


Csaba Sinka

Csaba is responsible for trading environmental commodities and managing client flows. Prior to his current role, he was Derivatives Trader at MOL Group for almost 6 years where he managed various commodity positions (i.e.: power, natural gas, Brent) and was responsible for implementing carbon trading strategies. He obtained his master’s degree in economics at Corvinus University of Budapest, and he also studied at Universidade da Coruna in Spain.