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Tajik authorities have banned the import and sale of energy-saving mercury lamps

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The Tajik authorities have banned the import and sale of energy-saving mercury lamps. This was announced today, June 15, by avesta.tj.

According to the agency, a government decree dated June 1 this year “prohibits the import, production and sale of mercury lamps with the code ‘8539322001’ in the country in order to prevent harm to the environment, especially the population of the country, from mercury.”

According to the Deputy Head of the Department of Metrological Support of the Agency “Tajikstandart” Faizali Shodmonzodaenergy-saving fluorescent lamps, used in the republic since 2009, are imported mainly from Russia, China, Turkey and Iran.

“If the quality of fluorescent-mercury lamps is low, or after they fail, they are thrown into landfills, then mercury spreads in the environment and harms human health and nature. After such lamps failed, they had to be disposed of in specially designated places. Specialists of Tajikstandart issued certificates of conformity to entrepreneurs who imported such light bulbs into the republic after testing,” Faizali Shodmonzoda said.

He noted that energy-saving fluorescent lamps also fail quickly and do not have such a long service life. And energy-saving lamps with diode lighting are resistant to power surges, provide bright light and last a long time. Energy-saving diode lamps give more light and consume less electricity compared to energy-saving mercury lamps.

Along with the ban on mercury energy-saving light bulbs, the government instructed the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies, the State Committee for Investments and State Property Management to take measures to develop the production of energy-saving LED and environmentally friendly light bulbs in the republic.

Earlier, in 2009, in order to rationally use electricity, the President of Tajikistan signed the Decree “On additional measures for the economical use of energy”, which was aimed at providing more people with electricity, its efficient use, as well as the widespread use of energy-saving appliances and equipment. On the basis of this Decree, since May 1, 2009, energy-saving light bulbs have been used in Tajikistan.

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