IIP US office to close doors in June

May 12, 2016
, Washington DC

After five years of activity, and many impactful programs and projects, the Institute for Industrial Productivity wishes to inform you that it will close its Washington, DC head office on June 30, 2016. It has become increasingly difficult in this current financial climate to find core funding to support IIP’s general operations and the network to undertake projects and programs targeted at reducing industrial greenhouse gas emissions. Our key assets and services will continue through new arrangements.

In just five years, together with our strategic partners, IIP helped secure policies and programs that will deliver a savings of 355 million tons of greenhouse gases every year by 2020. IIP targeted its work on the manufacturing sectors of China, India and the US, which collectively emit over 3,000 million tons of emissions per year.

In China, IIP trained over a thousand energy professionals and a hundred companies in five provinces on the adoption of energy management systems. IIP convened cement companies and regulators in India to promote policies for greater market penetration of alternate fuels and raw materials, and, through a memorandum of understanding with India’s Bureau of Energy Efficiency, IIP-India established a Knowledge Exchange Platform for promoting best practices in industry and to support India’s Perform, Achieve, Trade program.  IIP’s US office is playing a key role in making energy efficiency an important cornerstone of the Clean Power Plan, and has partnered with the Department of Energy and other stakeholders to identify and promote best practices in successful industrial energy efficiency programs at the state and utility level.

In addition to work in countries, IIP played an important role in number of global initiatives, including its support of the Clean Energy Ministerial’s International ISO 50001 Collaborative and its leadership of the UN/World Bank Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Industrial Efficiency Accelerator, of which it is a co-convener.

IIP created a resource-rich website in English and Chinese, which is home to over 600 key resources and five databases on energy efficiency policy, technology, supply chains, financing, and programs. The website and databases include valuable tools, guidelines, reports, factsheets, and case studies. They currently average 45,000 total visits per month from 139 countries.

How our work will continue

After the closing of our DC office, our network of practitioners will continue their work to improve industrial energy productivity and energy efficiency through fee-for-service projects in the US and China. Our India office is set up as a separate entity, and it will continue business as usual under the banner of ‘IIP-India’. Our online databases will be turned over to the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency (C2E2) so that they can continue to be a resource for policymakers and industry alike.

Parting words

In most countries, the industrial sector is the largest energy-consuming sector. In the US, it accounts for 31 percent of primary energy; in China, 75 percent; and in India, 68 percent. Despite this large use of energy, the significant potential for energy efficiency improvement and GHG emissions reduction remains untapped, in part, because of a lack of knowledge of best practices in policy, technology and the financing of industrial energy efficiency.  IIP was founded in 2010 with a vision to work together with industry, government and other stakeholders to help overcome this key barrier. IIP has managed this opportunity with determination, distinction and passion.

We would particularly like to thank the contribution of our funders and our partners who have helped us carry out our mission. We maintain our position that industrial energy efficiency is one of the most important, timely, and sweeping methods of transitioning the world towards a low-carbon economy. Until there is widespread adoption of industrial energy efficiency practices, we believe that industry, government, NGOs and philanthropy have a vital role to play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.