The website of the Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) Initiative

Electric motors account for over 40 percent of global electricity consumption; by far the largest single contribution to end-use electricity consumption.

Preliminary analysis  indicates that approximately 160 TWh of final energy and 80 million metric tons of CO2 emissions can be saved in 2030 by adopting the world’s best efficiency standards in participating Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) economies. To date, more than 45 economies around the world have developed minimum efficiency standards or labeling programs for motors.


Standards & Labeling: The S&L working group has initiated an international collaboration of technical and policy experts in motor energy efficiency. This collaboration is intended to promote alignment and improvements in the scope and stringency of international standards and labeling programs. The collaboration is led by the United States with participation from Australia, Canada, Korea, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.

Awards: The awards working group is accepting product nominations for the SEAD Global Efficiency Medal Competition for electric motors. The 18 awards given across four international markets are intended to help purchasers identify the most efficient motors available in a particular power category.

APEC-CAST Motor Repairs Reports: These reports were developed in support of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Expert Group on Energy Efficiency & Conservation's (EGEE&C) Collaborative Assessment of Standards and Testing (CAST) initiative, with support from SEAD, the International Copper Association, the China National Institute of Standardization, and CLASP.

The primary aim of this study was to estimate the energy efficiency improvement potential arising from adopting best electric motor repair practices in five selected economies: China, Japan, New Zealand, the United States, and Vietnam. To achieve this goal, existing and best electric motor repair practices were identified, and the market characteristics of motor failure and repair were assessed.

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Resource Summary: Motors Resource Summary

This Product-specific Resource Summary is a working document meant to catalog publically-available information relevant to the development of standards and labels. This document will be updated frequently as new information becomes available.

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