Using the database

How to Use the Database

Starting at the homepage or using the horizontal menu tabs on each page, you can Browse policies in the Industrial Efficiency Policy Database by Country or by its position in the pyramid. You can also compare industry characteristics across countries. If you are searching for very specific information, use the Search Form to find policy details and other information.


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How to Browse the Database?
  2. How to Search for Policies?
  3. What do the key terms used in this database mean?


1. How to Browse the Database?

Browse policies either by country or by their position in the Policy Pyramid.

  • Browsing by Country will give you the package of a country’s industrial energy efficiency and GHG mitigation policies according the Policy Pyramid. A timeline of policies is also available. By clicking on each individual policy, you can access detailed information about that policy, such as targets, coverage, reporting and verification information, and costs, benefits and impacts. A list of countries can be found by clicking on the Country tab in the upper right of the page.
  • Browsing by Policy Pyramid will give you all policies across countries according to the position in the Policy Pyramid, i.e., either Effort Defining Policies, Supporting Measures or the Implementation Toolbox. Navigate to different pyramid positions by using the Policy Pyramid tab in the upper right of the page.
  • Compare countries’ key industrial GDP, energy and CO2 emissions data by using the Characteristics tab at the top of each page.


2. How to Search for Policies?

You can search for policies, either through the Quick Search or the Advanced Search.

  • The Quick Search is located at the top right of each page. You can enter key words such as the country or the name of the policy.
  • The Advanced Search can be found on the Search tab on the top right of each page. You can search any number of the following criteria: policy name, country, government agency, position in Policy Pyramid, type of policy (Administrative, Economic, Information and Outreach – see key terms below), and date of introduction.


3. What do the key terms used in this database mean?

  • Administrative Policies - Administrative (or presecriptive) policies are regulations and agreements that directly compel actions by or communicate expectations to industry companies and/or associations. They can be: technology prescriptive as in the case of equipment standards and process configuration prescriptions; management-prescriptive as is in the cases of auditing, conservation planning and energy management standards; or performance oriented as in the cases of plant, firm or sector regulation and agreements concerning benchmark targets and absolute energy savings goals. [1] 
  • Economic Policies - Economic policies are taxes and tax reductions, directed financial support (e.g., subsidies and loans), cap-and-trade schemes, and differentiated energy prices that seek to influence the cost-effectiveness of technical actions.  They can be focused on specific sectors or multiple sectors. [1]
  • Information and Outreach Policies - Information and outreach policies and measures consist of informational, analytical and institutional development and support measures, which help to establish a favourable environment for industry to implement energy efficiency actions. They are capacity building, awareness, knowledge, tools and procedures.
  • Effort-Defining Policies - Interventions that motivate and drive energy efficiency, energy savings or GHG emissions reduction. Include target-selling policies, e.g., negotiated agreement.
  • Supporting Measures - Carrot-and-stick policies that encourage action and address or alleviate barriers to efficiency improvements. They increase the effectiveness of effort-defining policies, e.g., energy management obligations.
  • Implementation Toolbox - Guidelines, tools, templates etc. that support the above policies, e.g., technology list.


[1] Reinaud, J and Goldberg, A (2011). The Boardroom Perspective: How does energy efficiency policy influence decision making in industry?,  IEA/IIP Information Paper, Paris.