How was it developed?The standard was born out of the Ecological Footprint Initiative; a public-private partnership to help lower the country’s Ecological Footprint.
To design the lighting standard, the initiative undertook a comprehensive lighting assessment extensively looked into the lighting used in the residential sector, gathered local data from the government entities of each emirate, as well as statistical authorities and the utility/lighting bodies. The initiative also considered international best-practices which prove how adopting lighting standards are a low-cost option to save energy.
To identify a policy and regulatory framework for the lighting standard, and benchmark a UAE lighting standard based on its economic and technical potential, as well as its potential sustainability impact, the partnership gathered extensive buy-in from key stakeholders in the lighting industry, different government entities and regional regulatory bodies.
We collaborated with innovative research agency RTI International to conduct a baseline study on existing lighting usage, the potential benefits of a lighting standard, and information about policy and regulation frameworks in the UAE. If you are interested in reading more about how the UAE Lighting Standard came to fruition, all of these findings, methodologies and assumptions have been compiled into our report, “Development of a Lighting Regulation in the UAE”.