Getting Started

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An enterprise wishing to join the Motor Challenge programme will proceed by the following 5 step process.

  1.     Inventory and evaluation of the enterprise's Motor Driven Systems.
  2.     Formulation of an Action Plan, defining the scope and nature of the enterprise's commitment.
  3.     Approval of the Action Plan by the Commission. Commission grants Partner status to Enterprise.
  4.     Execution of the Action Plan, and annual reports to the Commission.
  5.     Commission renewal of Partner status, upon review of the annual report.

 

N.B. In order to achieve the energy efficiency, reliability and quality of service goals of the Motor Challenge, it is essential that the enterprise call upon properly qualified personnel. The personnel should be fully competent in the design and operation of the pertinent types of industrial motor driven systems, and have intimate knowledge of the particular constraints of the enterprise's field of activity.

The Enterprise's engineering staff may be qualified to carry out the five steps of the Motor Challenge. Alternatively, the Enterprise may choose to be assisted by a third party, for instance a Motor Challenge Endorser.

Note that an external audit is not a condition for submitting an application for Partner status.

 

Step 1:


Inventory and evaluation of the enterprise's Motor Driven Systems

The Motor Challenge Programme and National Contact Points will propose specific materials to aid the enterprise in:

    establishing the inventory of the current state of the enterprise's Motor Driven Systems.
    evaluating the potential energy savings of system enhancements.

 

Step 2:


Formulation of an Action Plan, defining the scope and nature of the enterprise's commitment

On the basis of information collected in the inventory, the enterprise decides on an Action Plan. This plan must define the scope of the enterprise's commitment. The commitment will include a proposed reporting scheme.

The scope of the commitment defines the production sites at which energy efficiency actions will be undertaken. The enterprise will identify, within the chosen plant sites, the types of motor driven systems to which the commitment applies. The commitment may cover some or all of the following systems:

    Compressed Air Systems
    Fan Systems
    Pump Systems
    Drives (electric motors and speed controllers) used in the above systems, or in other machinery.

A Partner's commitment may be applicable to all European production sites, to some sites, or may be limited to a single shop at one production site.

The Action Plan will include specific actions that have been evaluated and decided upon (investments to upgrade or replace equipment, improved maintenance, etc.). The Action Plan should take into account the recommendations of the Compressed Air, Fan, Pump or Drives "Module" documents relevant to the "scope" of the commitment. These documents provide guidance on typical actions that are recommended to and/or expected of partners.

Partners are encouraged (but not required) to fix general principles, as described in the "Management Policies" Module. This Module proposes tools which can aid in making energy efficiency an element of management priorities, at every step of the life cycle of a motor driven system: system design; choice of system components; installation of systems; ongoing operation and maintenance.


Step 3:


Approval of the Action Plan by the Commission

The Action Plan shall be submitted to the Commission and shall be approved by it.

 

Step 4:


Execution of the Action Plan, and annual reports to the Commission

The Partner carries out his Action Plan, and reports annually to the Commission and the National Contact Point on progress, in accordance with the reporting scheme proposed by the Partner in the Action Plan. The Partner may be aided in reporting by a third party, for instance an Endorser.

 

Step 5:


Commission renewal of Partner status, upon review of the annual report

Renewal of Partner status is decided by the European Commission after review of the annual report.