The industry sector is responsible for 36% of global final energy consumption and 24% of total CO2 emissions (Energy Technology Perspectives 2017). There are large opportunities for industry to improve energy efficiency through improved equipment and process design and the adoption of energy management systems and practices. Policy mechanisms including energy management programmes, minimum performance standards for industrial equipment, particularly electric motors, and other incentive policies have contributed to a 20% fall in industrial energy intensity between 2000 and 2016. 

Industrial energy intensity and productivity trends, 2000-16

Note: Countries covered include IEA members and Brazil, People’s Republic of China, India, Indonesia and the Russian Federation
Source: Energy Efficiency 2017


Market Report Series: Energy Efficiency 2017

Published: 5 October 2017

The key global tracker of energy efficiency trends, policies and markets, the 2017 report includes a focus on energy efficiency within the industry sector.

Policy Pathways: Accelerating Energy Efficiency in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

Published: 6 April 2016

This Policy Pathway describes how well-designed energy efficiency programmes can address barriers such as a lack of information, resources, technical expertise and funding to unlock a wide range of energy efficiency benefits for small to medium sized enterprises.

Policy Pathways: Energy Management Programmes for Industry - Gaining through saving

Published: 29 June 2012

This policy pathway, jointly produced by the International Energy Agency and the Institute for Industrial Productivity, develops the critical steps for policy makers implementing energy management programmes for industry.

The Boardroom Perspective: How Does Energy Efficiency Policy Influence Decision Making in Industry?

Published: 29 March 2012

This report delves into the major factors or driving forces that decision makers within a large industrial company take into account when deciding to make new investments - the so-called "boardroom perspective".


Energy Management Action Network (EMAK)

The Energy Management Action Network (EMAK) was established in 2009 to promote the improvement of industrial energy efficiency and energy savings in industry and the commercial sector. The primary objective of EMAK is to contribute to accelerated uptake of energy management practices and systems in industry and the commercial sector through creating platforms for sharing proven and innovative practices and facilitating capacity building.

Energy Management Working Group

The Energy Management Working Group (EMWG) seeks to accelerate broad use of energy management systems (EnMS) in industry and commercial buildings worldwide. Wide adoption of these systems will deliver energy, economic, and sustainability benefits to companies, communities, and countries around the world.

Industrial Technologies and Systems Technology Collaboration Program (IETS TCP)

The IETS TCP aims to support the research and to promote the results of cost-effective new industrial technologies and system configurations that increase productivity and product quality while improving energy efficiency and sustainability. One key message stemming from activities of the IETS TCP is that by integrating process analysis into small- and large-scale industrial processes it is possible to achieve energy savings and to reduce CO2 emissions. 

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