Industry Program - Beta ii

Decarbonize Industry

With industry accounting for more than one-fourth of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, its decarbonization is essential for combating climate change. It will not only slash emissions but also reduce costs, boost U.S. competitiveness, and protect and grow the United States’ 20 million industry jobs. 

Yet this decarbonization (slashing greenhouse gas emissions from industrial processes) is a major challenge. It will require a transformation in the goods we make and how we make them. Industry is complex and broad. It has highly integrated supply chains, generally small profit margins, and equipment that is expensive and infrequently changed.  

ACEEE has a proven track record in the industrial space. For decades, it has worked to make industry more energy efficient. It helped deliver dramatic improvements in the energy and carbon intensity of manufacturing. And it focused early on the need to reduce these emissions, launching its Industrial Decarbonization Initiative in 2020. 


Our Mission

By 2030: Reduce industrial GHG emissions by a third relative to 2019; ensure half of U.S. manufacturing facilities use strategic energy management.
Before 2050: Decarbonize industry while retaining its economic vitality and global competitiveness.

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  • Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021
    ACEEE contributed proposals on energy and carbon efficiency programs, rallied peer organizations to support passage of the bill, and provided guidance to agencies to pursue the transformative paths in the bill that support industrial decarbonization.
  • Energy Act of 2020
    ACEEE supported the inclusion of expanded industrial RD&D and industrial carbon reduction provisions including Carbon Capture Utilization, and Storage and green hydrogen.
  • Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007
    ACEEE clarified electric motor standards.
  • Energy Policy Act of 2005
    expanded electric motor and motor-driven equipment standards and directed the coordination between DOE’s industrial programs and DOC’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program.
  • 2002 Farm Bill
    ACEEE helped develop provisions for USDA to support energy efficiency and renewable investments in rural small business, ranches, and farms.
  • Energy Policy Act of 1992
    ACEEE helped develop a provision that established energy efficiency performance standards for electric motors and motor-driven equipment.


  • Lower Hurdles for Adoption of Low-Carbon Technologies
    Our research lowers hurdles (technical, informational, economic…) for implementing low-carbon technologies by showing starting points for deployment, spurring pilots, and highlighting energy and nonenergy benefits1 to bolster business cases. 
  • Drive Energy and Carbon Management Across Industry
    We engage corporations and support investors in promoting aggressive commitments to energy and carbon management including science-based targets, optimization of production systems, strategic energy management (SEM), and deployment of smart manufacturing. 
  • Develop, Propose, and Implement Policies for Decarbonization
    ACEEE hosts a Convening of 60+ organizations to identify needs for industrial decarbonization, encourage government support, develop policy options, and work with legislators (federal, state, local) and government agencies. to accelerate industrial energy and GHG reductions.    
  • Facilitate Difficult Conversations and Partnerships to Spur Action
    We bring together diverse stakeholders to find common ground on addressing critical policy and market challenges. Our convenings include the biennial Industrial Summer Study Industry, which brings together hundreds of experts and publishes dozens of peer-reviewed research reports.


ACEEE launched its industrial energy efficiency work in the early 1990s with a focus on advancing equipment efficiency including an emphasis on motors. It explored how utility energy efficiency programs could reduce industrial energy use. To hone policy outreach, it began building partnerships across trade associations, industry, and labor organizations.

    Program Timeline




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