Our Global Work

Innovative solutions by companies and governments build the foundation for greener industrial development. The Institute for Industrial Productivity compiles best practice information from around the world, researches new opportunities and develops useful analytics and tools to help industrial companies and policymakers implement practical energy efficiency measures.

Industry around the Globe

  • Substantial energy savings potential exists within industry, in the order of 31EJ per year, equivalent to 26% of final industrial energy demand.
    Source: IEA, 2009, 2012

Global Perspective on Energy Efficiency

Industry is the largest energy user, accounting for around one-third of world energy consumption and almost 40% of total energy-related CO2 emissions. Improvement in industrial energy intensity has helped to slow growth in its energy consumption. Between 1990-2009, manufacturing value added doubled, while energy intensity decreased by about 2% per year. But industries and the environment still have much more to gain from more sustainable energy patterns. 

IIP’s strategy is to focus first on some of the most energy-intensive industries - iron and steel, chemicals and cement – looking at industrial practice and opportunities for greater energy efficiency in these key industries.

IIP draws on global research and best practice to profile opportunities for greater efficiency, combining:

  • systematic energy management
  • optimization of systems
  • deployment of best available technologies
  • use of alternative fuel and materials
  • improvement of resource efficiency across the supply chain
  • retrofit of existing plants as well as efficient design in construction of new plants

Collecting and Disseminating Best Practices

To support its in-country work, IIP has web-based platforms, such as databases, fact sheets, tools and case studies to provide information on technologies, policies and financing options for greater industrial energy efficiency. Part of our strategy is to promote efficiency by letting the information speak for itself through easy, accurate and complete dissemination.


In its global work, IIP has some important strategic partners:

  • The International Energy Agency (IEA)’s
  • Through the Clean Energy Solutions Center’s “Ask an Expert” service, IIP is an Energy Policy Expert providing policy assistance and in-depth answers to questions posed on industrial energy efficiency
  • IIP is a member of eceee, the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, and a sponsor of the eceee Industrial Summer Study 2012
  • IIP is developing projects with: the World Bank Group, the Institute for Sustainable Communities, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the Global Green Growth Institute
Action Exchange, energy efficiency supply chain program

Action Exchange was created to address the barriers faced by multinational corporations in encouraging their supply chain companies to become more energy efficient. 

Energy Management Programs around the World


Energy management programs (EnMPs) are policies and initiatives that encourage companies to adopt energy management systems. 

Assessment to Action (A2A) Toolkit

Global, China

The A2A (Assessment to Action) Toolkit is a free suite of resources for ammonia companies. It covers energy management and technology best practices.




Jigar V. Shah
Executive Director, Washington DC
Meaghan Phelan
Senior Partnership Manager, Washington DC
Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP)
A global, non-profit team of experts focused on the long-term economic and environmental sustainability of the power and natural gas sectors.
European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy