Ecodesign requirements

Ecodesign requirements for electric motors are mandatory for all manufacturers and suppliers wishing to sell their products in the EU. These requirements cover energy efficiency.

Energy savings

With a more efficient motor, an average of €700 can be saved over the lifetime of the product.

Electric motors use almost 50% of the electricity in Europe. They are found in machines such as elevators, cranes and cooling systems.

More efficient motors could save EU member states around 135 TWh of electricity by 2020 – equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of Sweden. This means over 60 million tonnes of CO2 emissions will be avoided.

Some motors designed for specific conditions, for example those that operate immersed in a liquid such as in a sewage system, are excluded from these requirements.