Title: The European Motor Challenge Programme Catalogue 2003 to 2009
Authors: BERTOLDI PaoloELLE Marion
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2010
JRC N°: JRC58137
ISBN: 978-92-79-16219-0
ISSN: 1018-5593
Other Identifiers: EUR 24463 EN
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC58137
DOI: 10.2788/32760
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: The Motor Challenge Programme (MCP) is a voluntary commitment scheme launched by the European Commission at the beginning of 2003 to activate European companies to implement energy efficiency measures for motors. Transforming electrical into mechanical power, electrical motors are central devices in modern industrial production. Moving drivers, fans, compressors and pumps these motors are essential for assuring the continuous creation of a multitude of products and services important to our life such as food, beverages, cars, furniture, textiles, consumer electronics, water and energy supply. Motor driven systems account for 30 % of electricity use in the European Union and for 60 % of industrial electricity use constituting therefore a major and relevant area for energy efficiency improvements. Many studies showed that the potential for energy savings is substantial. By the end of 2009, the MCP comprised a total of 93 companies coming from a surprising wide range of industrial sectors with the focus on production and processing originating from 16 countries in the European Union. Only a handful came from service related sectors. The largest groups of MCP partners came from food production (13 %), metal and steel (12 %) and water supply (9 %). Micro and small sized companies were in the minority, whereas the largest proportion was either medium or large size companies. In total all MCP measures resulted in an estimated annual energy saving of 183,300 MWh and savings of 87,250 tons of carbon emissions per year, which represents an estimated 0.02 % reduction of the total energy consumption in EU 27¿s industry. The scheme received a highly positive judgement by MCP Partners itself. 41 % of the responses saw MCP as instrumental in convincing the company to implement energy efficiency measures. More than 70 % of the MCP companies questioned have energy reduction goals and policies in place, more than 50 % an energy management team or department. MCP was seen as underlining and supporting the companies strive towards more energy efficiency and 92 % want to continue investing into energy efficient motors. The key drivers for implementing measure was seen in economic savings, the majority was satisfied with the results achieved under MCP. This catalogue presents a selection of MCP Partners, the measures taken and results achieved.
JRC Directorate:Energy, Transport and Climate

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