Please note that the website for the European Commission's Ecodesign preparatory studies on pumps, DG ENER Lot 28 on wastewater pumps and DG ENER Lot 29 on clean water pumps, launched in March 2012 and conducted by BIO Intelligence Service and Atkins, is www.ecopumps.eu. These studies will provide the necessary information to the Commission to prepare for possible draft implementing measures laying down ecodesign requirements for pump products covered within the scope.
Increasing concern about energy consumption and the need to foster energy savings is addressed by the European Climate Change Programme and its subsequent legislative tools. Europump supports the overall objectives of European environment protection and energy policy. It intends to further promote energy savings for the benefit of both end users and the environment within its sphere of responsibilities.
Europump has launched the "ECOPUMP" initiative which aims not only to achieve eco-efficiency of pump systems in several market segments but also, and most importantly, to communicate Europump efforts to:
all customers or end users of our industry and, in this way, increase their awareness of energy consumption and environmental protection;
government institutions and stakeholders at European and Member States level in order to express the preference of our industry for voluntary commitments rather than legislative measures.
Europump works with national and European programmes/agencies which aim at promoting and implementing energy efficiency measures and energy management.
For instance, we support the “Motor Challenge Programme” (MCP), a voluntary programme initiated by the European Commission in 2003, and which aims at assisting industrial companies in improving the energy efficiency of their electric motor-driven systems. The core of the programme is an Action Plan, by which an MCP partner commits to undertaking specific measures to reduce energy consumption. These partners will receive aid, advice and technical assistance from the Commission and from participating National Energy Agencies in formulating and carrying out their Action Plan.
Other examples are the Europump guides to Life Cycle Costs analysis for pumping systems and to successful applications in Variable Speed Pumping.
In January 2005, pump manufacturers of circulators signed an industry self-commitment to label their products according to energy performance classes. Europump is responsible for the monitoring and publicity of this commitment.
Finally, for several categories of pump systems, Europump foresees the adoption of various guidelines, tools or new standards to significantly improve in each targeted market segment the energy efficiency and environmental impact during both installation and operation.