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CIPEC Annual Report 2010

CIPEC Celebrates 35 Years

Though a lot has changed since 1975, CIPEC’s focus on energy efficiency remains constant.

The debut of Microsoft and Saturday Night Live, the adoption of the metric system in Canada and the opening of the CN Tower were defining moments from 1975. The inception of the Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC) attracted less fanfare, but it would become a defining moment for industry-government cooperation on energy efficiency.

Against a backdrop of economic turmoil caused by the oil shock in 1973, Canadian industry and government came together to find ways to improve energy efficiency. Government officials were concerned about dependence on foreign energy supplies and the inflation caused by runaway prices. Industry representatives knew that using energy more efficiently had the potential to reduce uncertainty, enhance competitiveness and improve the bottom line.

CIPEC was born out of these government–industry consultations. Originally named the Canadian Industry Energy Conservation Task Forces, CIPEC was established as a voluntary partnership between the Government of Canada and Canadian industry. Today, with more than 2,100 members covering 98 percent of Canadian industry, CIPEC remains a voluntary partnership focused on energy efficiency.

CIPEC’s record speaks for itself. CIPEC members improved their combined energy intensity by 8.8 percent – an average of 0.5 percent per year between 1990 and 2008 (latest available data). If energy intensity had remained constant, greenhouse gas emissions would have been higher by 37.1 megatonnes in 2008.

As CIPEC celebrates its 35th anniversary, it continues to break new ground in energy efficiency and raise the bar for voluntary public-private sector partnerships.

A 35-year History of Milestones

1975 Energy Conservation Task Forces is born under the name Canadian Industry Energy Conservation Task Forces

1976 CIPEC Energy Conservation Task Forces launched, energy efficiency goals established

1978 CIPEC cited by the International Energy Agency as “worthy of emulation by other member countries”

1979 CIPEC Energy Conservation Task Forces meet and exceed energy efficiency goals set in 1976

1982 Name changes from Canadian Industry Energy Conservation Task Forces to Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC)

1983 Number of CIPEC reporting companies grows from 663 to 704

1985 CIPEC celebrates its 10th anniversary and establishes new five-year target for energy efficiency

1991 CIPEC launches a task force council and an executive board to provide leadership as well as advice to the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources (the department is now Natural Resources Canada)

1995 CIPEC celebrates its 20th anniversary, Industrial Energy Innovators launched; 178 more companies make a voluntary commitment to implement, review and report on energy efficiency measures; 15 industrial trade associations part of CIPEC

1999 CIPEC reports energy-use-related greenhouse gas emissions are 1.9 percent below 1990 levels; total energy saved since 1990 represents 73 percent of Canada’s residential heating demand in 1998

2001 CIPEC network expands to include energy producers and 45 trade associations representing more than 5,000 companies; 95 percent of secondary industrial energy demands are part of CIPEC

2002 Growth in energy use by CIPEC members is only half that of non-participants; CIPEC industries avoided more than 25.2 megatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions relative to 1990 energy intensity levels

2004 CIPEC increases to 47 trade associations and 519 Industrial Energy Innovators; savings from Dollars to $ense Energy Management Workshops equal 180 kilotonnes of greenhouse gases and $32 million

2005 CIPEC celebrates 30th anniversary; Energy 2005, CIPEC’s first bi-annual energy conference launched

2007 Energy 2007 conference held; CIPEC members improve their combined energy intensity by 11.7 percent, an average of 0.7 percent per year from 1990

2009 Energy 2009 conference held; American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy awards CIPEC the Champion of Energy Efficiency in Industry award

2010 CIPEC celebrates its 35th anniversary; CIPEC plays a lead role in the negotiation of the new ISO 50001 standard for energy management systems