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Saudi expert sheds light on ways to save energy.

SAUDI Arabia's largest luminaire manufacturer Saudi Lighting Company is to continue a campaign to save energy in the kingdom, which it successfully held last year. The Riyadh-based lighting specialist will also launch new energy-efficient products on the market which will consume less power, according to the company's director general Fahad Al Hobayb. Last November, Saudi Lighting held a workshop on saving energy, in support of a drive by the government to conserve energy through The National Energy Efficiency Program (Neep). The workshop, titled 'Safety Requirements and Energy Saving in Luminaires and Lighting Systems' was held at the Saudi Arabian Standards Organisation (Saso) headquarters in Riyadh. At the event, Al Hobayb revealed that lighting currently consumed between 10 to 15 per cent of Saudi Arabia's total power consumption, at a cost of some SR5 billion ($1.33 million) a year. "However, if lighting densities are reduced by 25 to 30 per cent, this could lead to saving of SR1.3 billion, or five per cent of overall power consumption," he told delegates. Al Hobayb also outlined several ways and means to conserve power and boost energy efficiency in both the public and private sector. These included: * Promoting the use of compact fluorescent energy-saving lamps in place of incandescent lamps in the residential sector; * Replacing conventional electromagnetic ballasts with high-frequency electronic ballasts on all governmental projects; * Enforcing energy efficiency regulations in all public buildings, similar to the specifications for green buildings in Europe; * Enforcing a local building code for electrical regulations and energy saving; * Adopting an energy efficency labelling programme for luminaires and lamps; * Using energy-saving techniques in public lighting to reduce power consumption by 40-50 per cent; and * Implementing the latest lighting designs techniques as per international standards. Following the success of the seminar, Saudi Lighting now plans to organise a series of similar workshops during the first quarter of this year. The workshops will target engineers from government sectors and consultants, Al Hobayb said. Also, Saudi Lighting will launch a new energy-efficient product range this year, which will further help consulting and design offices meet Neep's goals, he said.

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Date:Feb 1, 2009
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