NEMA Kite and Key award winner Rob Boteler, from Emerson Motor Technologies, spoke to a full room today at ENIE 2008 in Sao Paulo, Brasil about the development of motor standards and regulations in the US. One of the many things we can be proud of is that the US is a world leader in setting motor efficiency standards that the rest of the world recognizes. Brasil has set a minimum standard that becomes regulation in late 2009 that is equivalent to EPACT 1992 in the US.
Some numbers as related to me by Hilton Moreno, President NEMA Brasil: Sao Paulo, Brasil's largest city, also one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, has a population in excess of 10 million people. With a nod to Beijing, China, which has been in the news a lot lately, there are a reported 3 million cars in that city, with a population of 13 million. Sao Paulo reports 5 million cars, and another 1/2 million motorcycles and scooters. When NEMA PremiumR became the standard of choice for integral motors in the US, one of the benefits was the conversion that one of the NEMA partners used to tell us how many cars were taken off the roads by energy savings after enactment of DOE regulations. Brasil would surely appreciate that conversion based on Sao Paulo traffic.
Traffic in Sao Paulo makes the DC beltway look like a Sunday drive. The largest port in Brasil is an hour east of the city by car. All of the major shipments to Brasil flow through that port. Transportation infrastructure is an issue here as in the US. All shipments by truck out of the port to the rest of Brasil, Argentina, and other nearby countries are bottlenecked by limited surface road infrastructure in place. All truck shipments from the port pass through Sao Paulo clogging the traffic. Most of a beltway around Sao Paulo has been approved and built, with the exception of a portion that was protested and held up because of environmental concerns. The new beltway would disperse a large amount of truck traffic away from the city. The rest of the beltway was recently approved when a study compared pollution from additional traffic in the center city versus environmental concerns from building the rest of the beltway. This was after 10 years of discussion. Many of the same concerns in the US are looked at when similar tough choices are debated. What is not debated is the real impact of energy savings when NEMA manufacturers partner with the US government, and other interested parties, to accomplish energy savings the rest of the world sits up and takes notice of.
What is hard to debate is the positive impact that motor efficiency standards have on the the world as a whole. However it is measured, from from the hard numbers of energy saved, to the conversion of cars taken off of the roads, by the equivelant savings, NEMA and motor efficiency standards that have been enacted in the US and are increasingly recognized by the rest of the world are something we can be proud of.