It also presents an ideal time to recall the pump industry’s early and continued contribution to energy savings, which has not only been significant to date, but is also realistic and achievable over the short-term, writes Dr SönkeBrodersen, President,Europump.
By way of example, water pumps have the potential to save 50TWh of electricity across Europe, which is equivalent to the power plants. Even though the pump industry’s contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) is smaller than other sectors, by comparison, the energy consumption of pumping systems is much higher. It ranges from 10-15% of throughout Europe. That is why the energy saving potential of pumping systems is extremely high at absolute level and why pump manufacturers place a great deal of importance on it.
Energy efficiency is, and always has been, a major part of the business model adopted by pump manufacturers. So, it is no wonder that the EU Commission, in its efforts to reduce energy consumption, considered regulating pumps at an early stage in the process.
The EU’s Green Deal and Renovation Wave initiatives are excellent programmes and will undoubtedly inform and underpin the policies adopted by Ireland as we seek to reduce both our energy use and carbon emissions. For the most part though they focus primarily on heating, cooling and hot water generation. These are indeed major areas of concern, and ones that offer significant potential for savings.
However, lighting offers as much, if not more potential for energy saving and carbon reduction. Lighting impacts every aspect of modern-day living, be it homes, commercial, retail, hospitality, leisure and public buildings, not to mention outdoor lighting. Also, the pace of development is phenomenal with massive gains being made on a regular basis.
Lighting has a major contribution to make in realising the energy saving and carbon reduction objectives of the Climate Action Plan. It can also help Ireland meet its obligations in respect of Article 7 of the Energy Efficiency Directive.
Moreover, with wellbeing now also high on the agenda, especially in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic and changed work practices, it offers additional benefits. The non-visual effects of proper lighting levels are critical to good health, promoting sleep and even recovery from illness, in addition to increasing concentration and performance levels
We are currently faced with two crises – the decline of the environment and Covid-19. Lighting is unique in that it offers huge benefits in tackling both at the same time.