Belgium, Brussels: Yesterday, the European Commission adopted the Ecodesign Regulation which will ensure that transformers become progressively more efficient.
This means new power transformers put into service in the EU internal market will have to fulfil minimum energy efficiency requirements from the 1st July 2015. The energy savings have been estimated at 16 TWh per year from 2020 onwards, which corresponds to 3.7 Mt of avoided CO2 emissions.
Taking into account transformers' typical service life of 30 years or more, cost-effective marginal improvements in their efficiency can yield substantial energy savings. The number of installed transformers in Europe is expected to be almost 4.7 million in 2025, the impact of the European Commission's decision will be considerable.
Michel Barnier, acting European Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, commented: "Today's decision represents a good example of how we can pursue policies that successfully reconcile competitiveness and sustainability. By aligning EU legislation with that of other advanced economies, this regulation will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It will also help reduce electricity prices for consumers, while helping EU manufacturers continue to be competitive in global markets.”
The Regulation covers small, medium and large power transformers used in electricity transmission and distribution networks or for industrial applications. However, not all transformers are affected: the EU legislation does not cover single phase transformers.
The new requirements will be applicable from the 1st July 2015 (Tier 1), and will become stricter by July 2021 (Tier 2) which will allow for the transition period.