AEMT - Association of Electrical and Mechanical Trades

13 November 2019
Decarbonising publication to spur new thinking on motors and generators
The Association of Electrical and Mechanical Trades (AEMT) has advised on the content of a new booklet, DecarbEurope, which is being distributed to policy makers and legislators around Europe.

The objective for DecarbEurope is to inform political and industrial leaders about issues surrounding decarbonisation across Europe, and to discuss cost-effective and timely solutions. It was produced by the European Copper Institute, which consulted with several influential industry bodies across Europe, including the AEMT.

Thomas Marks, Secretary to the AEMT, explains that part of the association’s remit is to shape the industries its members serve: “While much of our work is providing services directly to our members, we also work on a wider canvas where we engage with government bodies and other institutions to promote members’ long term interests.”

Currently, 50% to 70% of all the electricity generated in Europe is used to drive electric motors, and the population of motors is likely to grow significantly with the rise of electric vehicles and domestic heat pumps. The AEMT is recognised for its expertise on ensuring the efficiency of electric motors and generators.

The booklet covers many subjects, some that could have an immediate effect, others that are more long term. It notes that carbon emissions are a worldwide problem, not one confined to just Europe, and includes the calculation that Europe alone has the potential to reduce energy consumption by 23 TWhrs a year by implementing efficiency measures using currently available technologies. For instance, it states that half of all motor systems would save energy if fitted with variable speed drives.

“On a practical level, DecarbEurope promotes the regular revision of energy efficiency standards to keep pace with development in the enabling technologies,” explains Thomas. “It also encourages faster replacement of old, relatively inefficient motors with new, greener ones.

“Importantly, it encourages the adoption of motor designs that make repair, re-manufacturing, and durability as attractive as possible, which is an issue close to the hearts of AEMT Service Centres.”

As well as printed copies, DecarbEurope is available online at https://www.slideshare.net/sustenergy/electric-motor-systems-decarbeurope

 
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