Capacity Building

Launched by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Chinese National Lighting Test Centre, the Global Efficient Lighting Centre (GELC) is designed to support the rapid deployment of energy-efficient technologies in developing and emerging countries. As the newest UNEP Collaborating Centre, the GELC supports countries by assisting in the establishment or strengthening of national and/or regional lighting laboratories by:

  • Providing technical advice for the development and implementation of effective product quality surveillance mechanisms for national, regional and global institutions;
  • Developing quality checking control tests commissioned by governments and the private sector;
  • Providing professional guidance to countries for establishing new, or enhancing exisiting, lighting laboratories and quality management systems;
  • Offering technical training for the testing of lighting products;
  • Improving manufacturing techniques for energy efficient products; and
  • Providing expert guidance for policy and regulatory issues associated with the production of efficient lighting.