The Institute for Industrial Productivity (IIP) met with its Strategic Advisory Group and experts from government and industry to explore emerging opportunities to increase U.S. industrial efficiency over the next three years. During the March 7th meeting at the Washington offices of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, the strategic advisors and invited authorities on policy, technology, climate, and corporate programs offered unique insights on the latest trends, potential initiatives, and supporting partnerships.
“Our discussions underscored the new landscape facing U.S. manufacturers today,” said James Quinn, lead for the IIP Program in the United States. “The cost savings, risk reduction, and enhanced resiliency that can be achieved through energy efficiency simplify energy management as a smart business choice. We now have the building blocks for new initiatives and programs that can elevate awareness and support among key corporate decision makers.”
Trent Bauserman, Associate Director for Legislative Affairs, White House Council on Environmental Quality, delivered an informative presentation on the Administration’s support for industrial productivity and climate issues. The subsequent question and answer session launched a lively and wide-ranging debate of anticipated policy options. The discussion included recent EPA regulatory changes that open a window of opportunity to replace large coal boilers with cleaner equipment, such as combined heat and power (CHP) or waste heat recovery systems.
Subsequent brainstorming and analysis focused on energy management systems and innovative financing mechanisms as central issues. IIP will now review and synthesize input received during the meeting to inform its development of new U.S. initiatives and programs. The new initiatives can be expected to leverage existing and new partnerships and to draw upon IIP’s capacity for effectively integrating the essential components for enhanced industrial productivity.