Register now for our webinar on barriers to energy efficiency

June 13, 2013
If energy efficiency is such a good solution for skyrocketing GHG emissions and rising costs, why is it not being widely adopted by industry?

Thursday 13 June 2013; 8.30am EST, 2.30pm CET, 6pm India

On 13 June, IIP is hosting a webinar to explore this question and demonstrate how one of the greatest barriers to energy efficiency is simply access to good quality information. The webinar, ‘Breaking through the Information Barrier’, is the first in a series being organized by IIP. It will be hosted by the Clean Energy Solutions Center (CESC) on their online platform. This webinar will bring together a panel of experts to investigate how to break through the information barrier and allow the free flow of information on industrial energy efficiency between governments, industry and the financial sector. It will explore ways to make reliable information on technology and practices freely available to industry; investigate how policymakers can use it to drive industry implementation; and examine how the financial community might use it in loan applications. Presenters are Arvind Thekdi, the President of E3M; Ernst Worrell, an internationally renowned energy and resources professor at Utrecht University; Jean-Francois Sautin, an energy efficiency consultant and former Senior Vice President of internal auditing at Lafarge; and Murat Mirata, IIP’s Technical Manager. The webinar will include a panel discussion on the role of independent collection of information in rectifying information barriers, particularly in regard to the energy and GHG performance of various technologies and relationships between industrial companies and equipment suppliers. It will also cover IIP’s Industrial Efficiency Technology Database (IETD), which was developed to make relevant and reliable information accessible to all.



Murat Mirata

Technical Manager, IIP

Description: is the Technical Manager for the Institute for Industrial Productivity (IIP). He helps coordinate IIP's efforts to compile and disseminate best practice information related to industrial energy efficiency technologies and practices. Before that, Murat worked extensively with industrial resource productivity programs, facilitated the development of industrial symbiosis networks, and worked with regional and local bio-energy systems. Murat has an MSc in Environmental Engineering and a PhD in Environmental Management and Policy from Lund University, Sweden.

Ernst Worrell

Energy and Resources Professor, Utrecht University

Description: Worrell is a professor of Energy, Resources and Technological Change at Utrecht University (since 2008). From 2004 until 2010 he was the Director of Energy Use and Efficiency at Ecofys, an international sustainable energy consulting company. He was also a staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory from 1998 to 2008, leading the industrial energy assessment research. Until 1998, he co-led the energy and material efficiency group at the Department of Science, Technology and Society of Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Dr Worrell was a visiting scientist at the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies at Princeton University (USA) in 1994-1995, and a visiting professor at the Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 1996. Ernst Worrell brings over 20 years’ experience in research and evaluation projects in industrial energy and material efficiency improvement, as well as waste management and processing. He has worked with chemical, oil refining, pulp and paper, iron and steel, cement, glass, food and many other industries around the globe. He is author of four IPCC reports, including the 4th Assessment Report and is the co-author of over 300 publications. He is Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journal Resources, Conservation and Recycling, one of the leading journals in the field of resources efficiency, and associate editor of Energy, the International Journal and Energy Efficiency. He is also an editorial board member of Waste Management.

Jean-Francois Sautin

Energy efficiency consultant and former senior manager at Lafarge

Description: graduate of France’s Ecole des Mines (Nancy 1970), and Carnegie Mellon University (Master of Sciences 1971), Jean-François Sautin joined the Lafarge Group in 1972, where he had his entire career, until retirement in May 2011. His work has spanned eleven operational and functional roles in France, the UK, Canada, USA and Turkey. A Senior Vice-President for the past twelve years, he has managed the technical organisation of the Cement Division, headed Lafarge Cement in the UK, and lastly led Internal Audit for the Group. Sustainable development issues have been an area of personal interest throughout, from a Master’s thesis on environmental issues through to leading the British Cement Association’s work on carbon trading and other environmental challenges, and supporting Lafarge’s SD programs through dedicated process audits.

Arvind Thekdi

President, E3M

Description: Thekdi has over 40 years of experience in energy use and efficiency improvement-related activities for all major industries. During his career, he has worked with large industries and SMEs in various parts of the world including USA, China and India. Dr Thekdi has conducted several technology-related studies and provided consulting services to industries and governments in several countries in North America, Central America, Asia and Europe. He has developed, designed and applied industrial thermal (heating and cooling) systems, waste heat recovery systems and greenhouse gases (GHG) reduction systems for heating equipment. He has contributed to development of several energy efficiency tools, such as PHAST, that allow assessment of current energy use, benchmarking and potential improvements with application of best practices for thermal systems used in manufacturing. Dr Thekdi has participated in the development of energy efficiency standards and offered training programs for implementation of energy systems optimization in industries and SMEs. He holds 25 US and foreign patents related to thermal processes and equipment. He has published more than 50 technical papers and contributed to two books in the area of combustion, process heating and application of improved technologies in industries.

The 2013 Webinar Series for Industrial Excellence – timetable:



13 June

Barriers to information on industrial energy efficiency


The industrial energy efficiency financing landscape in China


Combined heat and power in the US: jumpstarting implementation


Improvement opportunities in the cement industry in China and India


Financing industrial energy efficiency in India


The implementation of energy management systems in China’s Top-10,000 enterprises