Car lighting as eco innovation!
Clepa’s LightSightSafety Initiative has prepared a paper about innovative technologies in car lighting applications with its power consumption savings (based on average use) vs. current technologies as well as with its 2009’s fitting rates. The conclusion from this paper is that innovative car lighting technologies used for the different applications (e.g. low/high beam, stop/tail lights) within a car can reduce CO2 emission and with a market penetration of those technologies in 2009 in accordance with the by the EU defined values.
As a consequence, this enables car manufacturers to make use of the eco innovation incentive by introducing those innovative lighting technologies on their cars.
In order to promote the development and the early uptake of new and advanced CO 2 emission-reducing vehicle technologies, Regulation (EC) No 443/2009 provides manufacturers and suppliers with the possibility of applying for the approval of certain innovative technologies contributing to reducing CO 2 emissions from passenger cars. A technology that has already for some time been widely available on the market cannot be considered innovative and should not be eligible as an eco-innovation. In order to create the right incentives, it is appropriate to limit the level of market penetration of a technology to a 3 % or less and to use the year 2009 as a baseline. In order to promote technologies with the highest potential for reducing CO 2 emissions from passenger cars, and in particular the development of innovative propulsion technologies, only those technologies should be eligible that are intrinsic to the transport function of the vehicle and contribute significantly to improving the overall energy consumption of the vehicle. Technologies that are accessory to that purpose or aim at enhancing the comfort of the driver or the passengers should not be eligible. The minimum CO2 reduction achieved by the innovative technologies (or a combination of technologies with similar technical features and characteristics) should be in line with the values as defined within the EU document.
The Initiative “LightSightSafety” is a coalition of several lighting companies that represents lighting in automotive in Europe. These companies have committed themselves to bring new advancements in vehicle lighting to the market. The Initiative dedicates itself to communicate the advantages of good car lighting to the market in order to increase the performance, safety, comfort and environmental benefits of present and future motor vehicles. The Initiative consequently supports the continuous efforts of the society to improve road safety and to be more environmentally friendly e.g. reduction of CO2 emission. The Initiative “LightSightSafety” also will work to educate the general public what good quality in vehicle lighting is providing to its safety and comfort.
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