The Smart Energy
Key areas for smart electrification
The IEC has identified key areas where significant emission reduction and efficiency increases can be relatively easily achieved, through electrification and existing technologies, and without holding back economic development.
To do so, the IEC has extensively studied the wide array of energy efficiency opportunities and technologies that are available at present.
Technology is already available to reduce consumption of electricity by individual devices, such as household appliances and industrial installations, by around 30 %.
Needed are systemic approaches which may eliminate some tasks entirely and globally optimise others.
Electrification of individual, public and freight transportation represents among the greatest potential for reduction of CO2 emissions and increased power efficiencies. Today, transportation uses only 1% of all electricity generated.
Another area with major potential is heating and cooling. Since electricity can easily be switched on and off as needed, waste is significantly reduced.
Broad energy efficiency targets can be achieved in buildings and industrial processes. Electricity represents 50% of energy used in non-residential buildings and is critical not only in direct use but also in the measurement, automation, control and permanent monitoring of other energy sources.
Today, industry uses almost half of all electricity produced. 70% of this electricity drives electric motors. Existing technologies and standards can reduce electricity consumption of these motors by close to 50%. The energy optimisation of factories and other plants can lead to significant system redesigns resulting both in the use of less and cleaner forms of energy.
By focusing its work on those opportunities that will result in highest efficiency and emission reduction, the IEC is able to develop systemic approaches that will enable benchmarking, energy audits and compliance assessments.