2003 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry

2003 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry

Sustainability and Industry: Increasing Energy Efficiency and Reducing Emissions

Hilton Ryetown
Rye Brook, NY
July 29, 2003 to August 01, 2003

Conference Co-chairs:

Lynn Price, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Mack McFarland, DuPont Fluoroproducts

The Objectives of Summer Study 2003

  • Enhance communication between academic and government experts conducting research in the field of industrial energy efficiency and sustainability as well as the private sector that must ultimately implement energy efficiency and sustainability practices.
  • Stimulate additional research on technologies, products, social aspects, and policies required to achieve industrial energy efficiency and sustainability.

The 2003 ACEEE Summer Study was the 6th biennial ACEEE conference on Energy Efficiency in Industry. Participants from around the world gathered for three days to discuss technical, policy, and program issues related to increasing energy efficiency in industry. Presentations and discussions were related to the theme "Sustainability and Industry: Increasing Energy Efficiency and Reducing Emissions." Attendees included energy decision makers from industry, equipment manufacturers, government policy makers, electric utility staff, energy consultants, leading industrial energy researchers, and academics.

At the most abstract level, sustainability is defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Translated more concretely with respect to industry, sustainability means not only using natural resources wisely and efficiently, but also providing products that minimize waste and pollution. The latter of these considerations becomes increasingly important as economies become more service-oriented. The 2003 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry focused on issues related to increasing the sustainablity of the industrial sector, with an emphasis on improving energy efficiency and reducing related atmospheric emissions throughout the entire life-cycle of manufactured products. The Summer Study highlighted energy efficiency technologies, policies, and actions that contribute to more sustainable industrial production both in the U.S. and internationally.

Energy Analysis for the 21st Century — One of the most important outcomes of the 2003 ACEEE Summer Study was the creation of this manifesto, signed by many attendees, that pointed to the importance of quality energy data collection and analysis to support effective programs.