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Brazil: Sale of Incandescent Light Bulbs Prohibited

(June 17, 2016) The sale in Brazil of incandescent light bulbs, either domestically-produced or imported, will no longer be permitted as of June 30, 2016, pursuant to Inter-Ministerial Administrative Act No. 1,007 of December 31, 2010. (Portaria Interministerial No. 1.007 de 31 de Dezembro de 2010, Ministry of Mines and Energy website; Sabrina Craide, Lâmpadas Incandescentes Não Serão Mais Vendidas no País a Partir do Fim do Mês, AGÊNCIA BRASIL (June 12, 2106).)

The National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (Instituto Nacional de Metrologia, Qualidade e Tecnologia, Inmetro) is charged with the duty of monitoring compliance with the provisions of the Inter-Ministerial Act. Failure to comply with the regulation will subject the offenders to penalties provided in the law that establishes the National Policy for Conservation and Rational Use of Energy. (Law No. 10,295 of October 17, 2001, PLANALTO (in Portuguese); Craide, supra.)

The gradual phase-out of the sale of incandescent bulbs started in 2012, and this is the last step towards the total ban of such bulbs.  A fluorescent light bulb saves 75% of energy consumed, and an LED bulb 85%, compared to an incandescent light bulb of equivalent brightness. (Craide, supra.)