Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Questions (584)

Marcella Corcoran Kennedy


584. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the options being considered to introduce an exemption for the entertainment industry from the proposed ban on tungsten bulbs from 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9943/18]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

This matter relates to Ecodesign which is the responsibility of the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation.  I understand, however that the European Commission is working on a single lighting regulation under the Ecodesign Directive framework, intended to substitute the existing Ecodesign Lighting Regulations 244/2009,245/2009 and 1194/2012. An initial draft working document of the new proposal was circulated to stakeholders in November 2017. The regulatory process to develop and improve this proposal is ongoing and involves significant stakeholder consultation. Exemptions for several specialist lighting applications, including stage/theatre lighting, and how best to define these exemptions without creating loopholes to the regulation are being considered as part of this process. It is expected that the regulation will be adopted by the EU Commission towards the end of 2018.  Any further queries on the proposal should be directed to the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation.