The energy-efficiency improvements that high efficiency motors and variable-speed drives can enable in industry and infrastructure are the focus of a new white paper. In it, ABB calls on governments and industry to accelerate adoption of the technology to help combat climate change.

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), industry accounts for 37 percent of global energy use and some 30 percent of global energy is consumed in buildings. Electric motors — and the variable-speed drives that optimize their operation — are embedded in almost every built environment. They power a range of applications, from industrial pumps, fans and conveyors for manufacturing and propulsion systems for transportation to compressors for electrical appliances and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems in buildings.

The problem, says ABB, is that a significant number of industrial electric motor-driven systems in operation today are inefficient or consume more power than required. If these systems were replaced with optimized, high efficiency equipment, however, the gains to be realized could reduce global electricity consumption by up to 10 percent.

Download the white paper from ABB here.