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.


Established in 1996, Cement Research Center (CRC) serves as a joint venture between the Iran University of Science and Technology and Iran’s Ministry of Industries and Mines and as the country's interdisciplinary leading center for research and development in science and technology of cement material and production process. It conducts research in the various fields including special and new cements, durability of cement-based materials, process and energy optimization, environmental aspects, etc.
Iranian Cement Industry Association (ICIA) is the representative body of the cement industry. ICIA’s goals are to study and investigate the problems of manufacturing, material control and products and to improve quality in manufacturing. It is also active in the trade issues and cooperation with related ministries and agencies. ICIA is one of the main sources of information on the cement industry in Iran (ICIA, 2011)
Iranian Fuel Conservation Company (IFCO), a subsidiary of National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), established in 2000 with the mission to regiment the fuel consumption in different sectors through review and survey of the current trend of consumption and executing conservation measures nationwide. IFCO is trying to introduce a modern energy consumption reformation to all Iran’s economic subsystems and make the way to achieve the goals set for conservation in all energy carriers defined in sustainable energy program of the country.
Japan Cement Association (JCA) is the representative body of the Japanese cement industry, comprised of 18 cement companies with 32 cement plants. The total clinker production capacity of these plants as of April 2009 was around 63 million tons.  Founded in 1048, (JCA 2011). JCA also implemented the Keidanren Voluntary Action Plan Program. 
The Japan Iron and Steel Federation (JISF) was established in November 1948. In November 2001, it was completely reorganized through consolidation with the Kozai Club and the Japan Iron & Steel Exporters' Association. The JISF is a nationwide representative body of the Japanese steel industry and its members consist of the country's major iron and steel producers, trading companies, and organizations engaged in steel distribution.
The Japan Paper Association (JPA) was created by major paper companies to promote the development of the Japanese paper and pulp industry. The association conducts the following activities (JPA, 2011a):
The Japan Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industry (Japan TAPPI) is an organization of pulp and paper scientists, engineers and managers in industries, governmental institutions and academia. Japan TAPPI was established to contribute to the advancement of the paper industry in Japan and the world. In total, 205 companies are members of Japan TAPPI and its headquarters are in Tokyo, Japan (JTAPPI, 2011a). The goals of TAPPI are (JTAPPI, 2011b):
Latin America Pulp and Paper Industry Confederation (CICEPLA) is a non-profitable organization that currently represents ten Latin American countries – Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. Its primary aim is to promote and defend the interests of pulp and paper manufacturers from Latin America. CICEPLA has set permanent working committees which study and share information on: 
Since its establishment in 1963, Korea Cement Association (KCA) has acted as the hub to the advancement of cement and concrete industries in Korea. Representing 11 member companies, KCA plays a wide range of roles including making recommendations to the government authority with innovative policies, enhancing competitiveness of the cement industry, collecting and providing information on the cement and construction industries, boosting cooperation among the member cement companies.
Established in 1980, Korea Energy Management Corporation acts as a national institution in implementing various projects on end-use energy efficiency, developing and supplying renewable energy technologies, etc. KEMCO was designated by UN as a CDM operational entity in several areas such as transportation, forestation, and mineral production.