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 Environmental Defence Fund (EDF) is a group of dedicated scientists, economists, attorneys and other professionals. This group tackles the most urgent environmental threats to the climate, oceans, ecosystems and people’s health. To get results, EDF combines science, economics and law in its work. EDF also provides consultation for energy efficiency and smart grids to achieve a low-carbon energy future. EDF has its main offices in New York City and Washington DC (EDF, 2011a).
The European Cement Association, CEMBUREAU, is the representative organization of the cement industry in Europe acting as spokesperson for the cement industry before the European Union institutions and other public authorities, and communicates the industry’s views on all issues and policy developments. Currently, its Full Members are the national cement industry associations and cement companies of the European Union (with the exception of Cyprus, Malta and Slovakia) plus Norway, Switzerland and Turkey.
The European Cement Research Academy (ECRA) was founded in 2003 as a platform on which the European cement industry supports, organizes and undertakes research activities within the context of the production of cement and its application in concrete. The Academy is steered by a Technical Advisory Board staffed with representatives from major European cement producers, and its activities include seminars, workshops and dedicated research projects. 
European Commission Directorate General (DG) Enterprises and Industry promotes the EU’s strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Therefore, it is working to strengthen Europe's industrial base and promote the transition to a low carbon economy and to promote innovation as a means to generate new sources of growth and meet societal needs.
The European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers (FEFCO) was established in 1952 as an umbrella organization of the European Corrugated Board Industry. It has headquarters in Brussels and is governed by Belgian Law. FEFCO represents approximately 40 billion m2 of corrugated board production. Over 500 companies are associated with FEFCO. It represents the 750 paper plants and a workforce of 100,000 (FEFCO, 2011a).
Europump is the trade association representing European pump manufacturers. It is actively involved in European pump efficiency regulation, in particular through the EUP Directive. In parallel with, and in support of this, it writes and publishes reports/books on different aspects of energy saving in pump design, selection and usage. Several of these publications are written in conjunction with the US Hydraulic Institute.
The aim of the Finnish Forest Industry Federation (FFIF) is to make Finland a competitive and innovative environment for the forest industry’s production activities, jobs and investments. The forest industry is pioneering the bio-economy in Finland. The members of the Finnish Forest Industry Federation encompass pulp, paper and paperboard manufacturers of Finland as well as about 80% of all wood product enterprises, such as sawmills and plywood mills (FFIF, 2011a).
The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) represents the Canadian wood, pulp and paper producers. Members of FPAC own 66% of the certified forests in Canada (FPAC, 2011a).
Global Superior Energy Performance Partnership (GSEP) was established by government and corporate leaders in 2010 in Washington DC.  The purpose of the initiative is to accelerate energy efficiency improvements throughout industrial facilities and large buildings and to significantly cut global energy use by encouraging industrial facilities and commercial buildings to pursue continuous improvements in energy efficiency. The initiative also aims at promoting public-private partnerships for cooperation on specific technologies or in individual energy-intensive sectors.
Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) is a multi-disciplinary organization which aims at promoting and assisting Hong Kong business sectors through the introduction of more efficient and updated business and technological methods.