Organizations & Programs

A number of international and national organizations, as well as trade and industry associations conduct work that is relevant for improving resource use efficiency and reducing environmental impact of the industrial sector in different countries - either generally or with focus on individual sectors. This section provides a compilation of such organizations and relevant programmes.


The Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol) is the international accounting tool for government and business leaders to understand, quantify, and manage greenhouse gas emissions. The GHG Protocol, is the product of a partnership between the World Resources Institute and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
Motor Decisions Matter (MDM) is a North-American public-awareness campaign sponsored by a consortium of electric utilities, industry trade associations, and others. MDM and its sponsoring organizations provide support for companies interested in motor management in the following ways:
ClimateTechWiki offers a platform for a wide range of stakeholders in developed and developing countries who are involved in technology transfer and the wider context of low emission and low vulnerability development. ClimateTechWiki offers detailed information on a broad set of mitigation and adaptation technologies.
Getting the Numbers Right (GNR) is a benchmarking tool developed by Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) that provides the relevant information to allow the industry to monitor and compare its performance across regions, year-on-year. The GNR database is a voluntary, independently managed global information database providing verified data on the cement industry's CO2 emissions and energy performance since 2008.
European Motor Challenge Programme The Motor Challenge Programme is a European Commission voluntary programme (launched in February 2003) through which industrial companies are aided in improving the energy efficiency of their Motor Driven Systems. Any enterprise or organisation planning to contribute to the Motor Challenge Programme objectives can participate. Companies that use Motor Driven Systems can request "Partner" status. Through the Motor Challenge, they will receive:
In 2007, China’s State Council announced a Comprehensive Working Plan of Energy Conservation and Emission Reduction to accelerate the closing of small plants and phasing out outdated capacity in 14 high energy-consuming industries – including the cement industry. The Economic Commission in a county or municipality identifies enterprises that violate national and provincial guidelines on industrial equipment and production capacity standards.
Leonardo ENERGY is the premier web site delivering a range of virtual libraries relating to electrical energy. Managed by European Copper Institute and its European network of 11 offices, the Leonardo ENERGY initiative is dedicated to building information centres to serve designers, engineers, contractors, architects, general managers, teachers and students, professionally or otherwise involved with electrical power.
As part of this program, industrial energy performance standards are set and define minimum allowable energy efficiency values for existing plants and newly constructed plants, taking into account different types of raw materials, fuels, and capacities.
The Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) scheme is a key part of the UK Government’s program to manage climate change. It provides businesses with enhanced tax relief for investments in equipment that meets published energy-saving criteria. This website covers equipment that qualifies for the allowance and provides background information about the scheme and its benefits, lists the eligible products and gives the performance criteria for each technology. It also explains how to claim ECAs.
The Perform, Achieve, and Trade (PAT) is a trading scheme aimed to improve energy efficiency in industries across India using a market based mechanism. PAT has been introduced under the National Mission on Enhanced Energy Efficiency (NMEEE). Participation in the scheme is mandatory for Designated Consumers under the ECA. Nine sectors have been identified for the initial phase, of which 7 industrial sectors, including the cement, iron and steel, pulp and paper industries.  The power sector and railways are also covered. In total more than 700 plants could be covered by the scheme.