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Engineering the Energy Union: How electric motors and water systems help achieving our policy goals


Engineering the Energy Union: How electric motors and water systems help achieving our policy goals

By the end of 2016, the European Commission will present its Winter Package including a revision of the Electricity Market Design legislation, the Renewable Energy Directive, the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and the Energy Efficiency Directive. At the same time, the International Energy Agency will publish its next World Energy Outlook report, in which the efficiency potential of electric motors will be included, as well as the potential of energy neutrality in the water sector. For the first time, the savings potential will be estimated at global scale and policy recommendations will be provided. The impact is significant for smart cities and our ability to find cost-effective solutions to meet energy efficiency targets.

Electric motors consume more than 50% of the global electricity consumption; almost 30% of that is consumed by industrial motor systems. These numbers highlight the great importance of energy efficiency in electric motor systems, simultaneously reducing energy bills and supporting EU competitiveness.

Water and wastewater facilities are traditionally high energy consumers. Proven technologies exist to turn the water cycle energy neutral and significantly reduce the electricity bill of municipalities. In addition, water and wastewater can play a role in establishing smart energy systems.

The EurActiv Institute and Danfoss organised a high-level forum to discuss how a system approach can boost energy efficiency in Europe.
Specifically, we focused on:
- What is the efficiency potential of electric motor systems?
- What is the energy savings potential in the water cycle?
- What enabling regulatory framework is needed to realise this potential?

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European Parliament
Rue Wiertz 60, 1047 Brussels

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Keynote speech
Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President, Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, European Commission

Panel contributors
Marie Donnelly, Director for Renewables, Research and Innovation, Energy Efficiency, DG ENER, European Commission
Pavel Misiga, Head of Unit of Clean Water, DG ENVI, European Commission
Katrine Rafn, Director, Head of Division, Water Resources, Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark
Morten Helveg Petersen MEP, ALDE, Member of the European Parliament
Vesa Laisi, Segment President, Danfoss Drives
Lars Schroder, CEO, Aarhus Vand A/S
Kamel Ben Naceur, Director, Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks


10.00 – 10.30 Registration and welcome coffee
10.30 – 11.00 Keynote speeches & round table
11.00 – 12.00 The efficiency potential of electric motor systems
12.00 – 13.00 The energy savings potential in the water cycle
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch