The 2011 CaFFEET will bring together industrialists and experts in the seven levers which can be used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in industry. They will confront opinions, present case studies and try to provide answers to key questions regarding the relevance of these levers. In particular energy efficiency lever will be benchmarked against the other ones. The concept of low-CO2plants will be illustrated, but also questioned. Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) will be invited to a Technology Showcase to present the innovative technologies they propose to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the industry. Industry is responsible for almost 30% of greenhouse gas emissions in developed countries, including direct emissions (e. g. from fossil-fuel burned on site) and indirect emissions (e. g. from electricity purchase). As the global effort to reduce greenhouse gas becomes more and more prominent, there is no doubt that the industry will be bound to decrease its emissions. Several mechanisms are already driving it in this direction, such as the Kyoto Protocol, the Climate and Energy Package in the European Union, the Executive Order 13514 for US federal agencies, the Assembly Bill 32 in California, etc.
However, it turns out that getting large decreases of greenhouse gas emissions in industry is hampered, for at least two reasons:
A strategy to overcome those barriers and lead industrial plants to decrease their emissions could be based on the following principles:
Consul General of France
EDF R&D in US,
California Institute for Energy and the Environment, Chairman, ACEEE
Associate Director for Research,
Institute for Industrial Productivity,