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Pumps are involved in nearly every aspect of modern living. They are used to move fluids such as liquids, slurries or gasses.

In businesses, buildings, households and industries, pumps exist - in some form or another. They are key components in maintaining comfort levels in buildings. They deliver and distribute clean drinking water from water treatment plants throughout cities, while at the same time removing wastewater. And, they are highly present within a wide range of industries. The world depends on them, but many pumps are also serious energy wasters, leaving behind a significant carbon footprint. This is because today's pumps account for no less than10% of the world's electricity consumption and because the majority of electricity is still produced using fossil fuels [1].

Pumps and the world's electricity consumption



  • Today pumps account for no less than 10% of the world's electricity consumption.
  • Two third of all pumps use up to 60% too much energy [2].
  • If every business switched to a high efficiency pump system there could be global savings of 4% of the total electricity consumption- comparable with the residential electricity consumption of 1 billion people.



[1] IEA Report 2009, IEA Statistics, CO2 Emissions from fuel combustion
[2] Almeida, Anibal T. et al; EuP Lot 11 Motors Final Report, University of Coimbra, December 2007, p: 68