Promoting Energy Efficient Electric Motors in Chinese Industries

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From March 18, 2016 to March 31, 2021

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 7.3 Double global rate energy efficiency improvement
  2. 9.2 Promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization
  3. 8.3 Promote job-creation, entrepreneurial policies

Project ID: 5121

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Technical team

  • Energy Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Energy efficiency


  • Industrial
  • Appliances



Transformed sector(s)

  • Materials and manufacturing

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Institutional mechanism and system building


  • Law regulation
  • Technology innovation
  • Capacity building


  • Laws/ Policy/ Plan formulation
  • Laws enforcement/ Regulation
  • Transition to safer alternatives
  • Technical capacity building

Social inclusion


Gender equality


Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender targeted


  • Sci-tech pathway
  • People pathway
  • Systems pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Hazard control/mitigation

SDG target(s)

  • 7.3 Double global rate energy efficiency improvement
  • 9.2 Promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization
  • 8.3 Promote job-creation, entrepreneurial policies

Conventions and protocols


Private sector(s)

  • Small and medium-sized enterprises

Hot topic

  • Multi-stakeholder collaboration
  • Poverty reduction

About this project


PREMCI's objective is to enhance the manufacturing and widespread application of energy efficient electric motors in China. To achieve this, the identified barriers to the effective promotion and extensive application of high efficiency motors (HEMs) and remanufactured motors (REMs) in Chinese industries have to be removed. If the manufacturing process is performed properly employing advanced technologies and techniques and in qualified and competent EE motor production facilities, relatively low cost and high quality EE motors (HEMs and REMs) can become available in the local electric motor market. The utilization of EE motors is expected to bring about large gains in electricity savings in the operation of electric motor systems in industries. This translates to benefits to the global environment, as well as to China's economy and local environment given the significant economic cost and local pollution associated with power generation and consumption. PREMCI intends to facilitate the realization of such potential by removing the identified barriers that up until now has prevented China from realizing substantial GHG emission reductions that would contribute to the achievement of the countries climate change mitigation targets. The project will address current teething problems in the emerging EMR industry in China which focuses on the recycling/repowering of old or broken/burnout electric motors and improving their energy efficiency; as well as retrofitting the existing less energy efficient standard electric motors to turn them into high efficiency REMs. The proposed project will focus on removing a number of key barriers in the local electric motor industry. A combination of “technology push” and “market pull” activities will be employed to enhance the energy efficiency levels of HEMs and REMs that are locally produced in China by facilitating/enabling the effective promotion and application of advanced EE motor production and application technologies and techniques. It is expected that by the end-of-project, at least 40% of the local electric motor manufacturers in China will produce HEMs and REMs. Ten years after the end of the project, with an average 3% improvement in energy efficiency of locally made EE motors, the estimated cumulative energy saving would be no less than 55,590 GWh, which translates to a reduction in GHG emissions of at least 44.47 million tons CO2.


Reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the widespread application of energy efficient electric motors in China.Increased manufacturing and widespread application of energy efficient electric motors in China.

USD $3,650,000

Grant amount

USD $18,000,000

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($3,650,000)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of China

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