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OSRAM and RWE Power launch their first joint CDM project

Potential savings of 400,000 tonnes of CO2

(PresseBox) (Regensburg, ) Together with RWE, the largest German power generating company, OSRAM is launching their first energy efficiency project in India. High-quality OSRAM energy-saving lamps will be distributed to around 700,000 households in the Vishakhapatnam region. The project will be financed exclusively via CO2 certificates under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) based on the Kyoto Protocol for reducing CO2 emissions in developing and emerging countries.

The energy-saving lamps are being distributed by the local power supply company in cooperation with self-help groups. At the same time, ordinary light bulbs will be collected from the households and sent for eco-friendly recycling. In all, this project may save up to 400,000 tonnes of CO2. India is an ideal candidate for this project because the CO2 emissions associated with power generation are relatively high.

"The project together with our partner RWE will reduce CO2 emissions in India and help the country keep its energy requirements down. It will also gives a broad cross-section of the Indian population who would not otherwise be able to afford energy-saving lamps the opportunity to save money", said Wolfgang Gregor, Chief Sustainability Officer at OSRAM.

In February 2007 OSRAM was the first lighting manufacturer to receive approval from the United Nations for a new method that enables energy-efficient projects in the lighting sector to be carried out under the CDM model. This offers an opportunity for many millions of ordinary light bulbs to be directly replaced by energy-saving lamps over the next few years in developing and emerging countries, particularly in Africa and Asia. It will then be possible to trade the CO2 certificates obtained in this way.

"This project once again underlines the fact that we can do much more for climate protection in the less developed countries with the same or less expense than we can in Germany. We are very pleased to be conducting this CDM project together with OSRAM, a company with huge expertise in lighting technology. The project is the ideal combination of our competence areas of climate protection and energy efficiency", said Dr. Michael Fübi, Head of Climate Protection at RWE Power.

For RWE Power CDM/JI instruments are an important element in its climate protection strategy. In the first phase, 150 million euros has been made available for a variety of projects. RWE’s climate protection strategy is based not only on CDM/JI but also on the development and implementation of clean coal technologies. The flagship of the first eco-friendly coal-fired power station with CO2 separation and storage. RWE is also investing heavily in the expansion of renewable energies.

The pilot project is the start if a series of projects that RWE and OSRAM intend to complete throughout the world, particularly in developing countries.

About RWE Power

RWE Power is the largest German power generating company and is responsible for power generation in the RWE Group in Continental Europe, specifically Germany and Central Eastern Europe. RWE Power bases its generation on a broad range of energy sources: lignite extracted from opencast mines in the Rhineland and nuclear energy in the base load and hard coal, gas and regenerative energies such as hydropower, wind and biomass in the mid-merit and peak load. RWE Power and its subsidiaries in Germany and abroad employ around 17,000 people.