The surprising truth about pumps and sustainability
It surprises many to discover the huge role energy efficient pumps can play in significantly reducing energy consumption and conserving our most precious natural resource: water.
The importance of pumps in meeting the challenges
The world’s population continues to grow at a phenomenal rate and is predicted to increase by 1.2 billion in just over 15 years. Coupled with huge middle classes emerging from developing regions and increased urbanisation, we face unprecedented demands for both energy and water.
Meeting these demands will be impossible without pumps because as well as being crucial to securing water for growing populations, they also provide an immediate partial solution to reducing energy and conserving water.
Reducing energy consumption means wasting less water
The role of pumps in the fight against climate change can be linked directly to energy and water conservation. Pumps account for 10% of the world’s total electrical energy consumption and up to 90% of them are inefficient.
And, as water is required to produce energy, it stands to reason that if every inefficient pump was switched to an energy efficient pump, the world could save around 4% of its electrical energy consumption and an amazing 2 billion m3 of fresh water. That’s about eight times Denmark’s annual water consumption.
Facts about pumps and sustainability
- 90% of all pumps today work inefficiently
If we switched them to energy efficient pumps, we’d save the equivalent of the residential energy consumption of 1 billion people.
- Less than 1% of the world’s freshwater is actually available to us
- 90% of the world’s freshwater is used for agriculture and industry
- Up to 70% of water pumped in some cities is lost
It’s easier than you think:
Saving energy means saving water and both add up to a healthier environment and bottom line