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Scotland outperforms UK in energy efficiency – but there’s still room for improvement

Scotland continues to outperform the rest of the UK in energy efficiency, according to a report from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).

The CCC’s study found that between 1990 and 2014, Scotland’s emissions resulting from business and industrial processes fell by 40 per cent, compared to 33 per cent for the UK as a whole. However, the CCC claimed that implementing further non-residential energy-efficiency measures such as process management would result in even greater carbon emissions reductions.

As Scotland strives to achieve a target of almost zero emissions from the business and industrial sectors by 2050, a focus on energy-efficiency improvements in electric motor-driven processes such as air handling systems, pumps, conveyors and mixers could have a significant impact.

Productivity and energy-efficiency improvements in electric motor-driven processes can reduce electricity consumption by up to 60 per cent. These improvements can take the form of equipment upgrades – such as replacing old IE2 motors with high-efficiency IE3 and IE4 machines – or the introduction of variable-speed drives (VSDs).

VSDs allow users to precisely control the speed of their motor-powered application, meaning it uses only as much electricity as is required at any given time. This significantly reduces unnecessary energy consumption and is especially beneficial in applications such as food and beverage production where mixing speeds are variable.

Gibbons Engineering Group supplies a comprehensive range of energy-efficient electric motors for multiple applications, along with VSDs from leading manufacturer ABB. Our position as an authorised value provider for ABB drives gives us access to a global network of VSD products and expertise which, combined with our electric motor range, means we can offer the complete package for the process industries in the UK and beyond.

For more information, call us on 01621 868138 or email

Variable-Speed Drives, Electric Motors

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