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Industrial Energy Efficiency Policies: Understanding Success and Fail ure

  • Author(s): Martin, Nathan
  • et al.

Estimating the impacts of industrial efficiency policies and programs will play an increasingly important role for many countries as they develop plans to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) and other emissions. In order to develop a better understanding of such policies, it is important to improve international capabilities in this area through the use of expert networks. A network that has formed in recent years the International Network for Energy Demand Analysis: Industrial Sector (INEDIS) was formed for this purpose: to help bring together expertise to analyze industrial energy demand trends, policies, and programs. On June 11-12th Utrecht University on behalf of INEDIS hosted a workshop entitled Industrial Energy Efficiency Policies: Understanding Success and Failure. This workshop sponsored by the European Commission (Directorate General XII's "Enrich" program and Directorate General XVIIs SAVE program) brought together industrial energy experts from 14 industrialized and developing countries to improve the common understanding of the analysis and evaluation of industrial energy efficiency policies. The workshop grew out of earlier efforts to develop a common methodology for evaluating industrial energy efficiency trends in various countries, and, in particular, to find ways to better link the impact of particular efficiency policies to observed changes in the overall level of energy use and energy intensity. In particular, the workshop aimed to exchange country specific data and results of industrial energy efficiency policies, identify synergies between various policies, and compare evaluation methods. Through the collaborative effort of a network of experts the workshop aimed to lay the groundwork for furthering, understanding, and building consensus on how to move beyond cross-country comparison using overall efficiency indicators to cross-country comparison and evaluation of specific efficiency policies. This document provides: 1) a summary of the proceedings, 2) a synthesis is of key lessons learned and main workshop conclusions, 3) complete text of all of the papers presented during the workshop, 4) a workshop agenda (Appendix A) and 4) a list of contact and reference information for workshop participants (Appendix B). The workshop was divided into sessions which focused on the evaluation of specific policy instruments such as financial instruments, voluntary agreements, information, monitoring and research and development programs, and technology-oriented polices as well as discussion evaluating integrated policies. There were also presentations on industrial efficiency experiences from countries that are not members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

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