16 Mar 2009 03:03:20
New EU regulations for electric motors
New regulations are to be introduced to ensure all industrial electric motors meet minimum energy efficiency standards following a vote by the European Commission.
Commissioners voted unanimously in favour of setting minimum efficiency requirements for the motors used across the production and manufacturing sector.
It is hoped that the new guidelines will save at least one million tonnes of carbon per year, with savings to UK businesses of £200 million.
The regulations will be introduced in phases between 2011 and 2017, with the UK set to continue the promotion of existing schemes designed to introduce companies to energy-efficient motors.
Lord Hunt, minister for sustainability, said: "I'm delighted that the EU has joined together to save businesses money and help save significant amounts of energy by introducing these minimum standards.
"Given the importance of tackling climate change, in the UK we were keen to go further, faster and it is disappointing that other countries did not agree with us on this. The European motor market is lagging behind the rest of the world, but all improvements have to be seen as a significant step forwards."
Industrial electric motors are used for a number of functions including pumping and ventilations, and in lifts and escalators. Government figures suggest the motors contribute 70 percent of all electricity used in industry. http://nds.coi.gov.uk/Content/Detail.asp?ReleaseID=395408...