ABB to join UN net­work to pro­mote sus­tain­able en­ergy


ABB an­nounced at the UN Cli­mate Sum­mit in New York that it is join­ing the UN’s Sus­tain­able En­ergy for All ini­tia­tive (SE4ALL). The company will pro­vide ex­per­tise on en­ergy ef­fi­cient mo­tors and trans­form­ers to help gov­ern­ments de­vise poli­cies that ac­cel­er­ate en­ergy sav­ings. Ul­rich Spiesshofer, CEO, ABB, said, “The big­gest con­tri­bu­tion that gov­ern­ments and busi­nesses can make to fight­ing cli­mate change in the short term is to drive the im­ple­men­ta­tion of ex­ist­ing, tested and of­ten low-cost tech­nolo­gies for us­ing en­ergy more ef­fi­ciently.”

Elec­tric mo­tors ac­count for about 28 per cent of global elec­tric­ity con­sump­tion. Many mo­tors are big­ger than they need to be and most are run­ning at full speed, even when they don’t have to. Also, trans­form­ers ac­count for about 3 per cent of global elec­tric­ity con­sump­tion and their num­ber in emerg­ing mar­kets is set to almost triple by 2030. Since the most ef­fi­cient trans­form­ers con­sume 80 per cent less elec­tric­ity than the least ef­fi­cient, the op­por­tu­ni­ties for sav­ings are vast. UN ex­pects that the global tran­si­tion to ef­fi­cient ap­pli­ances and equip­ment would re­duce global elec­tric­ity con­sump­tion by about 1,500 TWh by 2030.

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