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".
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.
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.
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.
- Carbon Capture and Storage in Industrial Applications
- Chemical Industry via Catalytic Processes
- Workshop on Energy Management Systems and Digital Technologies for Industrial Energy Efficiency and Productivity
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Global Trends in Energy Efficiency
Released October 2017
The annual Energy Efficiency Market Report tracks the core indicators of energy efficiency, providing insights on the latest trends, drivers and market prospects
Energy Efficiency in Emerging Economies
The IEA is supporting the scale-up of energy efficiency activities that generate economy-wide benefits in major emerging economies
Benefits of Energy Efficiency
Energy efficiency is often defined as achieving the same services with less energy. This definition grossly understates the power of energy efficiency to provide benefits beyond energy savings for society and for the economy
Energy Efficiency Statistics
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Best Practice in Energy Efficiency Policy
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Future Scenarios for Energy Efficiency
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The Future of Cooling
Air conditioners and electric fans account for nearly 20% of the total electricity used in buildings worldwide
Energy Efficiency 2017
Global tracker examining the trends, indicators, impacts and drivers
Market-Based Instruments for Energy Efficiency
Market-based instruments offer the potential for policy makers to access more cost-effective efficiency gains
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Events & workshops
WorkshopEnhancing the Impact of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Policies - A joint workshop of the IEA Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Working PartiesFrench Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ministerial Conference Centre, Paris
WorkshopBeyond energy savings: The multiple benefits of energy efficiency Ministerial Conference Centre, 27 rue de la Convention, 75015 Paris
Workshop2nd G20 Energy End-Use Data and Energy Efficiency Metrics WorkshopBuenos Aires, Argentina