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KONE was the first elevator and escalator company to achieve the best A class energy efficiency classification for a number of our installations. The classification is granted according to the international ISO 25745 standard for the energy performance of lifts, escalators, and moving walks.
We have a wide range of best-in-class energy performance references for our products. The references include various building types, several market areas, and product specifications. In total, KONE received 23 best A-class ratings for elevators. Eight KONE escalator and autowalk models have received the best A+++ classification in the escalator and autowalk category.
We have pioneered eco-efficient solutions, such as the regenerative drive, standby solutions, and the revolutionary KONE UltraRope® high-rise hoisting technology. KONE UltraRope® can cut the energy consumption of, for example, a 500-meter elevator ride, by up to 15%. For higher buildings, the energy saving is even more notable.
There is a growing number of aging elevators and escalators currently in operation, the energy performance of which can be significantly improved through partial or full modernization. The European Union’s study called Energy-Efficient Elevators and Escalators (E4) concluded that by utilizing the best available technology of today, energy savings of up to 63% can be achieved by modernizing elevators installed in 1985 or prior. On a European level, this translates to 11.6 TWh of saved energy.