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Energy efficiency behind UK economy’s £1.7 billion improvement

Productivity of the UK economy rose £1.7 billion between 2010 and 2015 due to investments and improvements in energy efficiency within the industrial, services and domestic sectors, according to the 2016 UK Energy Productivity Audit.

However, the data also revealed that Britain, with an annual energy bill of £140 billion, lags behind Germany, Holland and Austria for energy efficiency.

So while progress been made since the turn of the decade, it’s clear that there is considerable room for improvement, particularly in the energy-hungry industrial sector.

Around 60 per cent of electricity consumed by industrial processes worldwide goes towards powering electric motors. That’s why operators in the food and beverage, pulp and paper, water and pharmaceutical industries can significantly reduce their running costs by investing in energy-efficient IE3 or IE4 motors and variable-speed drives.

Variable-speed drives optimise the energy consumption of motor-powered processes, enabling users to reduce electricity use by as much as two thirds while meeting increasingly strict European efficiency legislation.

Gibbons Engineering Group supplies both energy-efficient electric motors and industry-leading ABB drives, meaning we can offer bespoke packaged solutions for operators looking to increase productivity.

We’re also a founder member of the prestigious authorised value provider for ABB drives, allowing us access to an unrivalled worldwide network of products, services and expertise.

For electric motor enquiries, call Steven Burmby on 01621 868138 or email To learn more about the benefits of variable-speed drives, call Alan Roberts on 07966 468430 or email

Variable-Speed Drives, Electric Motors

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