Press archive 2014

14 October 2014

Energy efficiency is in everybody's interest

As one of the world's leading medium-sized companies, ebm-papst welcomes the plans to revise the ecodesign directive for fans EU 327/2011. In our opinion this directive will play a significant role in increasing energy efficiency by 30% by the year 2030.

Rainer Hundsdörfer, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the ebm-papst Group.
Rainer Hundsdörfer, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the ebm-papst Group.

An ambitious, binding European efficiency policy is not just in Germany's interest. The planned revision is a step in the right direction and will be to the benefit of European businesses. With a workforce of more than 9,000 in Europe and a turnover of 1.5 billion euros, ebm-papst alone invests over 85 million euros a year in research and development. The ecodesign directive is largely responsible for this.

The directive represents an enormous opportunity for the European economy. Today, more than 800,000 jobs are already directly linked to the manufacture of energy-efficient products in Germany alone, where sales of energy-efficient products and services rose by 11% to 162 billion euros last year. Recently, however, the rate of growth of the companies involved has slowed down. Many businesses are uncertain about the future and would like to see a political framework with a long-term efficiency strategy and binding targets. Technically, the industry is capable of achieving far more. In relation to the potential available the targets set so far are not ambitious enough.

The efficiency potential of a lot of fans is much greater than that demanded by the limit values envisaged as of January 2015 for example. So it is important to take the opportunity presented by the planned revision to increase the potential for savings rather than adopting a defensive attitude and a "business as usual" stance. In addition to more demanding targets, three aspects are of particular importance for future implementation of the directive:

1. Extension of the scope. A huge number of fans in the power range below 125 W are so far not subject to any regulations with regard to energy efficiency. The plans should apply to these as well.

2. Incorporation of all fans. The directive should apply to all fans regardless of whether they are installed in other energy-consuming products or used as "stand alone" fans. This would be an effective way of stopping inefficient fans incorporated into imported devices being used in the European Union. The European manufacturing industry needs a "level playing field" to be able to avoid a massive loss of jobs.

3. Market monitoring process with active involvement of the industry. A particularly important aspect is to monitor products imported from outside Europe. It must not be possible for certain branches and products to bypass regulations or make use of loop holes. A market monitoring system must operate efficiently and the industry would support its implementation.

The world expects Europe to make a contribution to climate protection. So let's make a success of "green tech made in Europe" and give our exports a real boost! Increased energy efficiency would bring social, ecological and economic benefits. And it would make us less dependent on unreliable regions and regimes. In the final analysis energy efficiency is in the interest of all concerned: Businesses, consumers and future generations.

Hauke Hannig
Head of Corporate Communication / Press Spokesperson ebm-papst Group
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