Electric motors consume about 70% of the total industrial electricity, or about 40% of the world’s electricity. Improving the efficiency of electric motors in the industry is therefore one of the most important and significant ways to reduce GHG emissions. According to IEA (Energy-Efficiency Policy Opportunities for Electric Motor-Driven Systems, 2011), “Electric motors and the systems they drive are the single largest electrical end‐use, consuming more than twice as much as lighting, the next largest end‐use. It is estimated that motors account for between 43% and 46% of all global electricity consumption (…)”. IEA estimates that the electricity consumption of motors can be reduced by 20% with appropriate policies and regulations (with MEPS based on IE3) and by 30% should additional proactive measures are taken.


Strategic Approach:

Achievements to date:

Action Plan:

The Action Plan for the promotion of higher efficiency electric motors is presented below :

Standards: all ASEAN Member States adopt the IE1, IE2, IE3 IEC series

- Form Technical Working Group (TWG) composed of representatives from standard making bodies, testing laboratories, manufacturers, industry associations, ministry in industry and ministry of energy: the TWG will lead the standards harmonization process under the technical guidance of an international expert

- TWG meetings

- In-country stakeholders’ consultations by international consultant

- TWG submits recommendations to the EE&C SSN for adoption by ASEAN MS

- Following endorsement by EE&C SSN, the decision to adopt the IEC series will be adopted by SOME and AMEM as part of the regional policy roadmap

Regional Policy Roadmap

- Form the Policy Working Group (PWG), composed of representatives from ASEAN ministries of energy: the PWG will prepare the regional policy roadmap under the technical guidance of the ASEAN SHINE Technical Support Team (UN Environment, CLASP, ICA; external resources will be secured if required)

- PWG meetings

- Impact assessment study

- Following endorsement by EE&C SSN, the regional policy roadmap will be adopted by SOME and AMEM

National Policy Roadmaps 

- Form National Steering Committee, chaired by the ministry of energy

- Form Country Chapter, assembling all relevant national stakeholders (manufacturers, industry associations, government, …)

- Develop national policy roadmap in consultation with Steering Committee, with technical assistance from the ASEAN SHINE Technical Support Team (UN Environment, CLASP, ICA, external consultants if required)

- Organize Country Chapter meetings for consultation

- Once approved by the National Steering Committee, the national policy roadmap will be endorsed by the ministry of energy

Capacity building for testing laboratories

- Following the adoption of the IEC standards series, testing laboratories are trained accordingly

End-users awareness campaigns: (according to plans laid out in the national policy roadmaps)

- Conduct detailed stakeholders and needs analysis

- Mobilize manufacturers and motor systems assemblers to establish national Alliance

- Develop marketing strategy and plan, and implement

Capacity building for local repair workshops:

- Over 80% of electric motors that fail are repaired (rewinding)

- Current repair practices in ASEAN show that the energy efficiency of motors drops by 2 percentage points after each repair

- ASEAN SHINE will embark in the training and certification program, in cooperation with the relevant government agencies (ministry of energy, ministry of industry) and training institutions