Supporting Policies

MEPS provide the baseline that determines the performance and quality of the products accepted into a market. In order to ensure the effectiveness and smooth implementation of MEPS, a range of complementary policies and measures can be implemented. The success of any National Efficient Lighting Strategy depends, in part, on the selection and combination of complementary policies to meet the specific needs of a country, including:

  • Regulatory and control mechanisms — laws and implementation regulations that require certain devices, practices or system designs to improve energy efficiency;
  • Economic and market-based instruments — market mechanisms that are often initiated and promoted by regulatory incentives but can contain elements of voluntary action or participation;
  • Fiscal instruments and incentives — mechanisms that impact prices, such as taxes aimed at reducing energy consumption or financial incentives to overcome initial costs;
  • Information and voluntary action — initiatives that persuade end users to change or modify their behaviour by providing relevant information and examples of successful implementation

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