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 1957, Turkish Cement Manufacturers’ Association (TCMA) is the representative of the Turkish cement sector. It represents a total of 67 enterprises in Turkey, 48 of them have integrated cement and clinker production and 19 are only the finish grinding mills. TCMA provides solutions to the enterprises for their research and development activities, analysis and quality control and training services and makes common initiatives for legal and administrative regulations.
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC or FCCC) is an international environmental treaty produced at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), informally known as the Earth Summit, held in Rio de Janeiro from June 3 to 14, 1992. The objective of the treaty is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. One of the aims of UNIDO is to promote and accelerate sustainable industrial development in developing countries and economies in transition.  One of the areas the UNIDO focuses is related to fostering environmental sustainability. UNIDO has organized several workshops on energy efficiency and CO2 emissions reduction in the industry. UNIDO also played a key role in the development of the ISO management system standard for energy, ISO 50001).
The United States Department of Energy (DOE) is a department of the United States government concerned with the United States' policies regarding energy and safety.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or sometimes U.S. EPA) is an agency of the United States federal government. Among others, the agency conducts environmental assessment, research, and education. It has the responsibility of maintaining and enforcing national standards under a variety of environmental laws. U.S. EPA prepares and publishes a number of useful publications and guidelines on industrial resource use efficiency and environmental protection.
US DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) – formerly known as Industrial Technologies Program (ITP) – is the successor of the Technology Roadmap Program, which aims to increase energy efficiency in the industrial sector of the United States.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program is a voluntary partnership, founded in 1992 to promote sound energy-efficient practices and products. The ENERGY STAR Industrial Sector Partnership, comprised of leading U.S. industrial manufacturing corporations as well as small and medium industrial enterprises, trade associations, academia, and more, come together to identify barriers in managing energy efficiency in a corporate setting and finding strategic solutions to overcome those barriers.
The Verband Deutscher Papierfabriken (VDP) is the industrial association of the German cellulose and paper industry. The headquarters of the association are in Bonn. The VDP is also a member of the Federal Association of German Industries. The VDP represents the political interests of the paper industry at the national level. As a member of the Association of European Paper Industries (CEPI), VDP is also active in lobbying for the industry at the European level.
VDEh-Betriebsforschungsinstitut (BFI) GmbH is one of Europe's leading private-sector institutes for applied research and development in the field of steel technology and a great number of other branches of industry. The institution is home to many creative ideas and state-of-the-art facilities and offers sophisticated innovations and a high standard of advisory and development services for their industrial partners.
World Steel Association represents approximately 170 steel producers, national and regional steel industry associations, and steel research institutes. Members of the worldsteel orldsteel members represent around 85% of world steel production. The organization is a focal point for the steel industry, providing global leadership on all major strategic issues affecting the industry, particularly focusing on economic, environmental and social sustainability.