The International Energy Agency works with countries around the world to shape energy policies for a secure and sustainable future. ABB’s electric motors and variable speed drives (VSD), which offer the highest levels of energy efficiency, can therefore play a crucial role in containing worldwide energy consumption and in reducing CO2 emissions.
The European Union plan targets meeting energy efficiency and CO2 emission goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to limit the average global temperature increase to 1.5°C. With these ambitions in mind, EU member countries have agreed about new requirements in the regulation EU 2019/1781.
This latest Ecodesign Regulation (EU) 2019/1781 came into effect in October 2019 and it applies to low-voltage induction electric motors rated at less than 1,000 V alternating current (AC) and to variable speed drives (VSD). The regulation will be implemented in two steps starting on July 1, 2021. The second stage, which expands the scope further and increases the requirements for motors, commences two years later, on July 1, 2023.