Global Energy Transitions
Industry is responsible for 7% of carbon emissions in major cities. Solutions exist that can enable cities to cut these emissions, while also promoting business and manufacturing.
The built environment is responsible for nearly 50 percent of all GHG emissions in large cities. So any carbon-free commitment must address building energy use.
The Carbon-Free City Handbook reveals 22 actions—and associated resources—for cities globally to move toward climate-neutrality and see results within a year.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines’ (SVG) National Electricity Transition Strategy identifies immediate and long-term actions to transform the electricity system in support of the country’s goals, and position SVG as an energy-transition leader in the Caribbean region.
India’s “leapfrog ” opportunity to create a shared, electric, and connected mobility future promises to provide Indians with clean, affordable, efficient, and reliable transportation options to support and enhance their daily lives.
Action 17: Clean Industrial Heat
Develop industrial programs that reduce emissions from process heat loads. This can be accomplished many ways, including conversion to low-carbon fuels, making process heat generation more efficient, repairing heat-distribution infrastructure, and making productive use of waste heat.
- Schlomann, Barbara, Matthias Reuter, Sohaib Tariq, Katharina Wohlfarth, Bruno Lapillonne, and Karine Pollier. Energy Efficiency Trends and Policies In Industry. Intelligent Energy Europe Progamme of the European Union, 2015.
Features a number of industrial energy efficiency policies in the EU, including incentives for industrial processes
- Cornell Center for the Environment, Work and Environment Initiative. Handbook on Codes, Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions for Eco-Industrial Parks.
Includes some draft language used in codes and covenants to encourage clean district heating
- Jinhua City Environmental Protection Bureau. “金华市环境保护局2016年工作总结 和2017年工作思路 (English Translation: Jinhua City Environmental Protection Agency in 2016 summary of work and 2017 work ideas).”
- Zhejiang Online – Qianjiang Evening News. “浙江金华启动“煤改气”逐步淘汰高污染锅炉 政府给补助 (English Translation: Zhejiang Jinhua start “coal to gas” phase-out of high-pollution boiler government subsidies).”
Action 18: Efficient Motors
Develop a program to replace inefficient motors with high-efficiency models through codes, standards, rebates, incentives, audit programs, and other strategies.
Includes documents, tools, and processes related to industrial motor audits and improvements
- U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. “2014-05-08 Issuance: Energy Conservation Standards for Commercial and Industrial Electric Motors; Final Rule.”
Includes energy conservation standards for commercial and industrial electric motors
- Werle, Rita, Conrad U. Brunner, and Rolf Tieben (Impact Energy Inc., Switzerland). Swiss motor efficiency program EASY: results 2010 – 2014. ACEEE, 2015.
Action 19: Operator Training
Develop a voluntary energy management program that recognizes industry for committing to energy management systems, energy audits, and continual energy reductions in their facilities, which will build local capacity for energy managers. Provide resources, including training, for energy management personnel to achieve continuous improvement.
- Thomas, Stefan, et al. Energy Efficiency Policies in Europe: Case Study. Large Industry Energy Network – Ireland.
- U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. “Superior Energy Performance.”
SEAI’s Large Industry Energy Network leverages collaboration, replication, and innovation. Whether the primary motivation is competitiveness or sustainability, participating companies have consistently exceeded their goals and redoubled their efforts.
‐Jim Gannon, CEO, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI)
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Industry is a major employer and economic driver in many global cities, significantly shaping a city’s carbon emissions. Strategic partnerships with corporate residents can achieve economic and environmental solutions that benefit everyone.
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