Walking the Torque

Proposed work plan for energy-efficiency policy opportunities for electric motor-driven systems

About this report

Electric motor-driven systems, the largest single-energy end use, account for more than 40% of global electricity consumption. This report sets out an ambitious but achievable target with the global work plan to improve the energy efficiency of electric motor-driven systems by 10% to 15%. If governments commit to the proposed work plan immediately and maintain resourcing levels, this could be achieved by 2030 and would be equivalent to reducing total global electricity use by around 5%. The proposed work plan of this report is to align regulatory settings within a globally applicable scheme. The IEA believes this target can only be achieved through global co-operation leading to aligned national policy settings that countries can use to unlock the economies of scale which will result from using more energy-efficient electric motor-driven systems.