Some progress has been made to address global warming since the paris agreement of 2015. CO2 emissions have increased by only 0,2% in 2017 in comparison to 20161, despite continuous increases in power consumption. Energy efficiency has played the biggest role in this achievement, contributing also to increases in productivity for the energy used. Worldwide 140 Codes and Directives to improve energy efficiency have been published and governments have promoted their adoption through more than 90 incentive programs. Nevertheless, these encouraging results are not enough.
This white paper aims to briefly introduce the structure and the requirements of IEC 60364-8-1. This introduction also provides, through application examples, an overview of ABB solutions for energy efficiency in low voltage systems, explaining how these solutions comply with the Standard's requirements.