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About CIPEC: Timeline

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About CIPEC: Timeline

NOTE: Oil prices used in the following table are as of March 11, 2010.

1973 OPEC OIL CRISIS
The annual average price of oil (inflation-adjusted) is $22.99/barrel US.
1974 OFFICE OF ENERGY CONSERVATION CREATED
Government of Canada establishes the Office of Energy Conservation to develop and recommend a program of energy conservation. The price of oil increases to almost two times the 1973 level.
1975 BIRTH OF CIPEC
Government of Canada and 50 senior industry executives meet to deal with the energy crisis.
1976 GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY FORM PARTNERSHIP
Canadian Industry Energy Conservation Task Forces are established, a voluntary 10-sector partnership between industry and the federal government. An energy efficiency goal of 12 percent improvement by 1980, with 1973 as base year, is established.
1978 INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR PARTNERSHIP
Canada's voluntary Industrial Energy Conservation Program is cited by the International Energy Agency as "worthy of emulation by other member countries".
1979 ENERGY EFFICIENCY GOAL SURPASSED
Participating industries meet and exceed the initial 1976 energy efficiency goal, one year ahead of schedule.
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1980 GOVERNMENT CREATES NATIONAL ENERGY PROGRAM
Having met the 1980 goal, a new energy efficiency goal of 23% improvement with 1972 as a base year is established. The Government of Canada's National Energy Program provides increased funding for the task forces. The price of oil is more than 4 times higher than it was in 1973.
1982 NEW NAME, NEW LOGO
Name changed to Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC) with a new logo.
1985 10TH  ANNIVERSARY FOR CIPEC
CIPEC celebrates its 10th anniversary. Having met the 1985 goal, a new five-year target of 31 percent improvement is established over the existing base year.
1987 BRUNDTLAND REPORT IS PUBLISHED
World Commission on Environment and Development publishes Our Common Future. Known as the Brundtland Report, it develops guiding principles for sustainable development, as it is generally understood today.
1988 WORLD CONFERENCE ON CHANGING ATMOSPHERE
Government of Canada cancels the National Energy Program. The World Conference on "The Changing Atmosphere: Implications for Global Security" held by Canada in Toronto calls on government and industry to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by approximately 20 percent of 1988 levels by the year 2005 as an initial global goal. Price of oil declines to about 4 dollars higher than what it was in 1973.
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1989 INDUSTRY SUPPORTS CONTINUATION OF CIPEC
CIPEC and Government of Canada debate whether or not to continue the program; industry reconfirms necessity and opens discussions with government.
1990 GOVERNMENT CREATES THE GREEN PLAN
Government of Canada's Green Plan for a Healthy Environment renews interest in CIPEC and provides a focus for a renewed voluntary industry-government partnership.
1991 CIPEC RETOOLS
Industry and the Government of Canada plan a new organization that includes sector task forces, a task force council and, for the first time, an executive board to provide top-down leadership as well as advice to the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources on industrial energy efficiency matters.
1992 CANADA SIGNS THE RIO ACCORD
Canada signs the Rio Accord, committing to stabilizing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at 1990 levels by the year 2000. The new CIPEC is officially launched with a new mission statement that combines enhancing efficiency and economic performance with meeting Canada's emission objectives.
1994 CIPEC COMMITS TO CO2 STABILIZATION
CIPEC commits to achieving "industrial CO2 stabilization at 1990 levels by the year 2000, on the assumption of an annual industrial growth rate of no more than 2 percent". Statistics Canada and the Canadian Industrial Energy End-Use Data and Analysis Centre (CIEEDAC) develop a new data tracking and reporting process.
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1995 DEBUT OF INDUSTRIAL ENERGY INNOVATORS
Launch of Industrial Energy Innovators (IEI) and Canada's Climate Change Voluntary Challenge and Registry Inc. By December, 178 companies have made a voluntary commitment to implement, review and report on energy efficiency measures. CIPEC participation now includes 15 industrial trade associations.
1997 CANADA SIGNS KYOTO PROTOCOL
Canada signs the Kyoto Protocol, committing to reducing GHG emissions to 6 percent below 1990 levels. First issue of the bi-weekly newsletter Heads Up CIPEC goes to 55 readers.
1998 CIPEC HELPS CHART A COURSE ON CLIMATE CHANGE
CIPEC participates in the Climate Change Industry Issue Table process to help the Government of Canada develop a climate-change response. The price of oil declines to about 7 dollars less than 1973 levels.
2001 ENERGY PRODUCERS JOIN CIPEC
CIPEC network expands to include energy producers. The Government of Canada Action Plan 2000 on Climate Change supports new tools and services, including energy audits, sector benchmarking and best practices guides.
2002 LAUNCH OF ENERGY MANAGERS' NETWORK
Launch of CIPEC Energy Managers Network for industrial energy practitioners. Heads Up CIPEC goes on-line. An independent evaluation of the CIPEC program reveals that the growth in energy use by CIPEC participants is only one-half that of non-participants.
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2004 A NEW VISION FOR CIPEC
Participation in CIPEC increases to 47 trade associations and 519 Industrial Energy Innovator companies. CIPEC's Executive Board endorses a vision of doubling energy savings over the next 3 years. The price of oil is about two times the 1973 levels.
2005 CELEBRATING 30 YEARS FOR CIPEC
The Energy 2005 Conference in Ottawa provides a forum to celebrate CIPEC's three decades as a successful industry-government partnership.
2007 INDUSTRIAL ENERGY INNOVATORS RENAMED CIPEC LEADERS
Government of Canada introduces the ecoENERGY Efficiency Initiative and confirms its support of CIPEC. Industrial Energy Innovators are renamed CIPEC Leaders. The price of oil is about three times the 1973 levels.
2009 ACEEE AWARD FOR CIPEC
CIPEC in collaboration with the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters hosts Energy 2009 in Toronto. This is the 4th national industrial energy efficiency conference organized by CIPEC and attracts more than 400 participants. CIPEC's leadership in building government-industry partnerships is recognized with an award from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).