Climate VISION  –  Voluntary Innovative Sector Initiatives: Opportunities Now  –  is a voluntary public-private partnership initiative to improve energy efficiency and greenhouse gas intensity in energy-intensive industrial sectors.

Climate VISION — Voluntary Innovative Sector Initiatives: Opportunities Now — is a public-private partnership initiative launched by the Department of Energy on February 12, 2003. Its primary goal is to identify and pursue cost-effective options to improve the energy or GHG intensity of industry operations by accelerating the transition to technologies, practices, and processes that are cleaner, more efficient, and capable of reducing, capturing or sequestering GHGs.

Climate VISION links these objectives with technology development, commercialization, and commercial utilization activities supported by the private sector and the government. The adoption of advanced practices, processes, and technologies can reduce GHG emissions in a cost-effective manner, especially in energy-intensive industrial sectors.

Business associations and trade groups representing 13 energy-intensive industrial sectors and the Business Roundtable are Climate VISION partners. Each has set out goals – both quantitative and qualitative – to improve the energy efficiency or greenhouse gas emissions intensity of its sector. These Climate VISION partners, which include some of the largest companies in America, represent a broad range of industry sectors: oil and gas production, transportation, and refining; electricity generation; coal and mineral production and mining; manufacturing (automobiles, cement, iron and steel, magnesium, aluminum, chemicals, and semiconductors); and forestry products.

Other U.S. government agencies participating in Climate VISION include the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Transportation, and the Department of Agriculture.

The industry trade groups have undertaken a range of activities in support of these goals, with the support of the agencies participating in the Climate VISION program. The program helps these groups and their members:

  • Identify and implement solutions for reducing GHG emissions that are cost-effective today;
  • Develop and utilize the tools to calculate, inventory, and report GHG emissions reduction, avoidance, and sequestration;
  • Develop strategies to speed the development and commercial adoption of advanced technologies;
  • Develop strategies across the commercial and residential sectors to help energy consumers reduce GHG emissions; and
  • Recognize voluntary mitigation actions.

Participating industries worked in partnership with government Climate VISION experts to develop work plans that integrate GHG management into business plans and decisions. DOE and the other participating agencies provide a broad range of technical assistance, including plant-wide assessments, industrial assessment centers, standardization of software tools that identify opportunities for greater energy efficiency and consistency in calculating emissions, and training and information.

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