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Efficiency Activities in the Industrial Sector in Response to Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Targets

Lynn Price, Stephane de la Rue du Can, and Hongyou Lu, Energy Analysis Department, Environmental Energy Technologies Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Arpad Horvath, Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

July 20, 2010
Cal EPA Headquarters, 1001 "I" Street, Sacramento, CA

Research Project


The 2006 California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32) calls for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

Meeting this target will require action from all sectors of the California economy, including industry. The industrial sector consumes 25% of the energy used and emits 28% of the carbon dioxide (CO₂) produced in the state. Many countries around the world have national-level GHG reduction or energy-efficiency targets, and comprehensive programs focused on implementation of energy efficiency and GHG emissions mitigation measures in the industrial sector are essential for achieving their goals. A combination of targets and industry-focused supporting programs has led to significant investments in energy efficiency as well as reductions in GHG emissions within the industrial sectors in these countries. This project identified program and policies that have effectively targeted the industrial sector in other countries to achieve real energy and CO₂ savings. Programs in Ireland, France, The Netherlands, Denmark, and the United Kingdom were chosen for detailed review. Based on the international experience documented in this report, it is recommended that companies in California's industrial sector be engaged in a program to provide them with support to meet the requirements of AB32. As shown in this review, structured programs that engage industry, require members to evaluate their potential efficiency measures, plan how to meet efficiency or emissions reduction goals, and provide support in achieving the goals, can be quite effective at assisting companies to achieve energy efficiency levels beyond those that can be expected to be achieved autonomously.

Speaker Biography

Lynn Price is a staff scientist in the China Energy Group of the Energy Analysis Department, Environmental Energy Technologies Division, of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California (LBNL). Ms. Price has a MS in Environmental Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has worked at LBNL since 1990. Ms. Price has been a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, since 1994 and was an author on the industrial sector chapter of IPCC's Fourth Assessment Report on Mitigation of Climate Change. Since 1999, Ms. Price has provided technical assistance to the Energy Foundation's China Sustainable Energy Program related to international experience with industrial sector energy efficiency policies. Ms. Price is currently providing technical assistance for China's Top-1000 Enterprise Program as well as for a number of projects focused on improvement of energy efficiency and emissions reductions in China's industrial sector. Funding for her work has been provided by the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. State Department through the Asia Pacific Partnership for Clean Development and Climate, the World Bank, the United Nations Development Program, the U.S. Agency for International Development through the Institute for Sustainable Communities, Dow Chemical, and the Energy Foundation's China Sustainable Energy Program.

Arpad Horvath, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Engineering and Project Management Program in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley. His research interests are in developing methods and tools for environmental and economic analysis of civil infrastructure systems, primarily for the construction industry and the built environment. His research has focused on the environmental implications of the construction, electronics and various service industries, life-cycle assessment modeling using environmentally augmented economic input-output analysis, and environmental performance measurement.

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