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European Commission

Press release

Brussels, 26 March 2013

2013 GreenLight Awards: 9 companies save the yearly electricity consumption of 1200 households

Nine EU-based companies have today been recognised for their energy-saving efforts, thanks to the installation of energy-efficient lighting technologies. The winners of the European Commission's 2013 GreenLight Awards have achieved yearly electricity savings equal to the total consumption of around 1200 households (3 568,5 MWh - on average, a household consumes 3MWh/year). The winners include the international brewer AB Inbev (Belgium), which, by renovating its production facilities, achieved average energy savings of 73% in its lighting. The French fast food chain Quick, which refurbished 52 of its restaurants in France, Belgium and Luxembourg, achieved energy savings of 991 MWh/year, a 69% drop in lighting energy consumption. Brussels Airlines upgraded a maintenance hangar, reducing consumption by 68%.

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, said: “Energy efficiency is a concrete example where research and innovation can really make a difference. The GreenLight programme brings great ideas to the market, provides opportunities for business and is good for the environment."

The majority of energy saving was due to introduction of the new T5 efficient fluorescent lighting (which replaces conventional magnetic ballasts with electronic ballasts), occupancy and daylight sensors and LED technologies. Most of the projects pay for themselves in less than 5 years, showing that investments in energy efficiency are very cost-effective. Forty nine new partners joined the GreenLight programme in 2012, bringing the total to 736 by the end of the year.

The 9 winners have been selected on the basis of the largest reduction in electricity consumption, the largest amount of absolute energy savings and the technologies adopted. The awards are being presented during the conference "Scientific support to EU growth and jobs: efficient buildings, vehicles and equipment", held today in Brussels.

2013 GreenLight winners

The GreenLight Programme

The GreenLight Programme was launched by the Commission in 2000 and is managed by the Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's in-house science service. The total energy savings achieved by all 736 partners was more than 315 000 MWh per year – roughly equal to the electricity consumption of a city of 250 000 inhabitants – thanks to their implementation of highly efficient lighting and control systems.

The Commission does not provide any funds for the lighting upgrades, nor does the prize have any monetary value. The Commission does provide support to the partners in the form of information resources and public recognition.

Further information

GreenLight Programme website:

GreenLight publications:

Contacts :

Michael Jennings (+32 2 296 33 88) Twitter: @ECSpokesScience

Monika Wcislo (+32 2 298 65 95)

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