Two Policy Exchange Forum Webinars Hosted by SEAD Initiative
The Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) Initiative recently hosted two policy exchange forum webinars to discuss efficient electric motors and motor systems, and communication strategies for energy efficiency labels.
Efficient Electric Motors and Motor Systems: Challenges and Solutions for Effective Policy
United for Efficiency estimates that transitioning to more efficient motors can reduce their global electricity demand by up to 30% in 2030 – equivalent to avoiding 300 TWh of electricity and 200 MT of CO2 emissions. Minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) for motors are essential to the success of market transformation and policies have already been implemented by many major economies globally. Currently, mandatory energy efficiency policies cover over a quarter of global electric motor energy use, but a third of motor energy is consumed by unregulated motors either in countries without MEPS or motor technologies not covered by policy.
Co-hosted by the International Energy Agency: Energy Efficient End-use Equipment (IEA 4E) Electric Motor Systems Annex (EMSA), the forum on Efficient Electric Motors and Motor Systems presented guidance and various challenges to building an effective policy program to promote energy efficient electric motors through three case studies. The webinar began with IEA 4E EMSA providing an overview of motors technology, international standards, established national regulations, and benefits of regulating motors.
Mr. Ronald Piers de Raveschoot from the European Commission shared lessons learned and challenges in developing energy efficiency policies and setting MEPS levels for electric motors. Prof. Dr. Andrea Vezzini, Laboratory for Electrical Machines and Drive Systems, Bern University of Applied Sciences, provided an overview of the infrastructure requirements and methodology of efficiency measurements of electrical machines, while Mr. Dan Delaney from Regal Beloit presented an overview of the Global Motor Energy Efficiency programme and discussed its opportunities and benefits. Read the Efficient Electric Motors and Motor Systems forum webinar summary, or click “watch the webinar” to see what you missed.
Communication Strategies for Energy Efficiency Labels
Energy efficiency labels inform smart choices on high-performing and quality products. The forum on Communication Strategies for Energy Efficient Labels presented information and lessons learned in labelling communications campaigns, associated smartphone applications, and label design for effective communication of appliance energy efficiency.
The design and content of the label itself is critical to effectively convey the most useful information to consumers. Labels must be easily read and understood by a wide range of people. Labelling programs should also clearly communicate the benefits of efficient products, such as lower lifetime costs, helping consumers make well-informed decisions and select the most efficient product they can afford.
CLASP’s Marie Baton provided an overview on the importance of communicating energy efficiency labels, which was followed by three country case studies. Theo Covary, UNDP project manager for the South Africa Residential Appliance S&L Programme provided details on South Africa’s communications campaign focused on the label for lighting products. He also explained how the label and Energy Calculator App can work together to inform and support consumers. Eric Kumi Antwi-Agyei presented Ghana’s innovative communications approaches used to inform consumers about energy efficiency labels – highlighting how unique, locally-specific communications can be highly effective in shifting markets toward energy efficient appliances. And Robert Nuij from the European Commission discussed how the label design is a key piece in effective communications for appliance energy efficiency, including lessons learned in regional label communications in the European Union. Click “listen to the webinar” for the entire presentation.