CA-2:Canadian Industry Programme for Energy Conservation (CIPEC)
Under the auspices of the ecoENERGY Efficiency for Industry, the Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC) is a partnership between private industry and the federal Government to promote and improve Canada's industrial energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from energy use in the industrial sector. CIPEC has been operational since 1975 and its mission is to promote effective voluntary action that reduces industrial energy use per unit of production. The program currently involves the participation of more than 1400 companies.
Under the auspices of the ecoENERGY Efficiency for Industry, the Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC) is a partnership between private industry and the federal Government to promote and improve Canada's industrial energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from energy use in the industrial sector . CIPEC has been operational since 1975 and its mission is to promote effective voluntary action that reduces industrial energy use per unit of production. The program currently involves the participation of more than 1400 companies. At the core of the program is the sector task force structure under which industries come together to establish voluntary sector level energy efficiency targets and develop action plans for improving energy efficiency. The task force members share information and identify common needs and best practices. In 2011 there were 25 active sector task forces including more than fifty trade associations.  The CIPEC Task Force Council coordinates the activities of sector task forces and helps establish program priorities. It is a forum to share ideas, and recommend ways to address common needs in regard to energy management. The Chairs of each of the sector task forces make up the Task Force Council. Overall direction is provided by the CIPEC executive board. NRCan provides every CIPEC member company and trade association with access to cost-shared assistance, tools and services (*1). Industry Officers provide support to CIPEC members and work with CIPEC task forces to organize meetings, benchmark energy intensity in various sectors, develop energy efficiency guidebooks and deliver “Dollars to $ense” workshops for the following areas of competency development:(*3)
- Energy Management Information Systems,
- Energy Management Planning,
- Spot the Energy Savings Opportunities,
- Energy Monitoring,
- Energy Efficiency Financing.
CIPEC members are eligible to apply for financial incentives offered by NRCan, including support for adoption of ISO 50001, process integration studies and computational fluid dynamics studies. The CIPEC outputs include: - The CIPEC annual report which documents industrial energy use trends and publicizes energy efficiency success stories - The biweekly “Heads-Op CIPEC” newsletter which as a readership of over 10,000 subscribers - CIPEC Leaders Report, in which companies make a public commitment to establish voluntary energy efficiency targets, quantify base-year energy consumption and GHG emissions and report annually on energy-efficient measures implemented and results achieved at their company - Leaders Awards – NRCan co-hosts a biennial industrial energy conference, where CIPEC honours companies that have made a significant and innovative contribution to energy efficiency - A form, which enables CIPEC members to benchmark their industrial energy management achievements as a CIPEC Leader.
Policy Information Expand this section for information on the key features of the policy, such as its date of introduction, categorization, main objective(s) and linkages with other policies.
Policy Instrument Type: Administrative, Voluntary Agreement, Information & Outreach
Position in the PyramidAbout Us
Start Date: 1975
|Supported By||ISO 50001 implementation Support||Supporting Measure|
|Supported By||Accelerated capital cost allowances (ACCA)||Supporting Measure|
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)
Primary Objective: Energy
- reduce industrial energy use per unit of production - reduce GHG emissions
Driver of energy consumption or emissions affected by policy: Total energy use / Total emissions / Specific energy consumption / Carbon intensity / Relative efficiency / Rate of change / Fuel mix / Feedstock use / Technology implementation rate / Plant size / Recycling rate / Institutional capacity / Knowledge level
Implementation Information Expand this section for information on targets, monitoring, verification and enforcement regimes, and implementation requirements and tools.
no specific designation, all energy use in the industrial sector
Quantitative Target? yes
Progress Monitored? yes
Verification Required? no
Sanctions: Not relevant
Requirements on the Target Group
Companies must apply to become a CIPEC member by submitting a letter of intent that makes a public commitment as a CIPEC Leader to: i) establish energy efficiency targets, ii) quantify base-year energy consumption and GHG emissions and iii) communicate each year about the energy-efficiency measures implemented and results achieved.
Support by Government
- organize meetings, benchmark energy intensity in various sectors, develop energy efficiency guidebooks and deliver “Dollars to $ense” workshops
- cost shared incentives to foster adoption of the ISO 50001 energy management standard, conduct process integration studies and computational fluid dynamics studies
- Benchmarking of energy intensity in various sectors,
- Energy efficiency guidebooks
Impacts, Costs & Benefits Expand this section to find information on policy effectiveness and efficiency.
|Impact||Quantitative Estimate||Qualitative Estimate|
|Estimated effect on energy consumption or emissions||In 2011, CIPEC members accomplished a total annual energy savings of 0.6 petajoules, enough energy to power 7000 households resulting in annual GHG emission reductions of 74 kilotonnes . (*2)|
|Estimated costs/benefits for industry||not available|
|Estimated cost for government||not available|
References & Footnotes
 NRCan web site http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/industrial/cipec/about.cfm
 CIPEC Annual Report, 2012
(*1) Companies do not need to be a CIPEC member in order to apply for financial assistance. However, new CIPEC members do receive a discount on their costs for participation in the workshops
(*2) The CIPEC annual reports provide performance metrics for individual industry sectors.
(*3) The Natural Resources Canada Office of Energy Efficiency also offers training to industry under the auspices of the Dollars to $ense program. In addition to the six workshop topics, the program also supports customized workshops for companies based on an initial needs analysis.