LightingEurope has called on European policy makers to actively support and stimulate the uptake of UV-C disinfection technologies, in particular as part of the EU Renovation Wave Initiative, and to ensure that EU and national financial instruments are available to support their installation.
UV-C disinfection to combat Covid-19
UV-C is an established technology for disinfection. It has been applied extensively since 1910 when it was found to be an effective tool in preventing the spread of disease.
Today, UV-C disinfection technologies are assisting the battle against the current pandemic, Covid-19. More generally, the technology has been proven to bacteria and viruses against which it has been tested, including those causing tuberculosis, influenza, the common cold and SARS.
The European lighting industry is a leader in producing high quality safe UV-C disinfection technologies and products (lamps, lighting fixtures, cabinets and connected systems). They are used to disinfect water, air, and surfaces in industrial, commercial, medical, public and residential environments. UV-C de-activates viruses and microorganisms such as bacteria, moulds, spore, fungi and yeasts by destroying their DNA/RNA.
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