ABB participates in UN Sustainable Energy forum in New York

2014-06-05 - The quickest and most cost-effective way to mitigate climate change is by improving energy efficiency.

Energy efficiency is a key focus of the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All campaign, which launched yesterday at the Sustainable Energy forum in New York. Ahead of the Climate Summit in September the campaign aims to help mobilize further action and shape energy policy in the decades ahead. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and UN special representative in charge of the Sustainable Energy for All initiative, Kandeh Yumkella, will join heads of state, ministers, CEOs, heads of UN agencies, development banks, researchers and interest groups active on energy issues at the forum.

The UN and its partners, of which ABB is a global one for transformers and motors, are also about to launch a new global partnership to accelerate the transition to efficient refrigerators, air conditioners, motors, distribution transformers and information technology. Shifting global markets to efficient appliances and equipment will reduce global electricity consumption by about 10%, save 350 billion US dollars on electricity bills each year, and the equivalent in CO2 emissions from 600 large coal fired power plants. Leading appliance and equipment manufacturers, such as ABB for motors and transformers, will play a key role in making this transition happen.

The drive to increase energy efficiency is resulting in related product classifications and regulations in many countries and regions. As an example, the Department of Energy (DOE) in the United States is raising the minimum efficiency level of distribution transformers through performance regulation (using 2010 as the baseline and targeting the improved level by 2016).

The European Union is also taking a major step. Its latest regulation to implement the ecodesign directive, which deals with the full range of power and distribution transformers, comes into force on June 11, 2014, with a deadline of July 1, 2015 for complying with minimum efficiency levels. Enhancing global awareness, knowledge and the sharing of good energy efficiency practices will play an important role in making a difference in increasing energy efficiency. And as the world’s largest maker of transformers, ABB is well positioned to play its part in this journey.

For more information about the UN Sustainable Energy for All campaign, visit

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