Escalators and Moving Walkways

Escalators and moving walkways are common fixtures in a wide range of buildings including offices, malls, and airports, and they consume large amounts of energy. Technologies are available that can reduce escalator energy use, many of which are prominent in Europe and Asia and have yet to be implemented in the United States. The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) published a report titled Airport Escalators and Moving Walkways—Cost-Savings and Energy Reduction Technologies. Though its research is specific to airport applications, the findings are largely applicable to escalators for all building types. The ACRP suggests that the energy-saving potential for escalators and walkways in the US is in the range of 10 to 40 percent per device.

Generally, both escalators and moving walkways consume energy based on how long they run and their passenger load. Because both of these factors are variable, determining energy savings opportunities will be specific to each situation. Although this page focuses primarily on escalators, nearly all of the measures described can also apply to moving walkways.

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