About Us


The burning of fossil fuels for energy consumption is among the largest sources of global greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. So any effort to mitigate climate change must involve energy efficient strategies. After all, the easiest and cheapest clean energy solution lies in the energy we don’t use.

Significant focus and attention is needed in the industrial sector, which accounts for more than a third of the world’s primary energy use.

Industrial energy efficiency is a critical first step in the clean energy transition. Aside from the incredible benefits for our planet and people, energy efficient technology and management practices provide numerous attractive benefits for business and the economy. From reducing operational costs and boosting productivity to improving energy security, industrial energy efficiency is an opportunity too good to ignore.

Yet despite its enormous potential, industrial energy efficiency remains largely overlooked. The Industrial Energy Accelerator is on a mission to change that. 

Learn more about our approach:   Our Work


The Industrial Energy Accelerator is a UNIDO-led network of international initiatives working to inspire global action on industrial energy efficiency.

Together, we showcase the vast opportunities that industrial energy efficiency and related efforts can provide for people, businesses, economies and the planet. In emerging and developing economies, our local teams of experts help drive momentum for energy efficiency with tailored training for industries, improved access to finance for entrepreneurs and policy advice for governments.

Our experience shows that industrial companies can immediately reduce their energy use by up to 15 per cent through a range of interventions which include equipment upgrades and improved energy management systems. Imagine if such practices were adopted worldwide! 


Together, these partners work to rally government, industry and finance around solutions that ignite change in energy-intensive industries.

UNIDO’s activities in the field of energy are driven by challenges, opportunities and concerns over energy poverty, energy security and climate change issues. UNIDO’s Energy Programme follows a targeted approach to “powering” inclusive and sustainable industrial development.

Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) is an international organization working with leaders in government, the private sector and civil society to drive further, faster action toward achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7), which calls for universal access to sustainable energy by 2030, and the Paris Agreement, which calls for reducing greenhouse gas emissions to limit climate warming to below 2° Celsius.

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is an international partnership of 183 countries, international institutions, civil society organizations and the private sector that addresses global environmental issues. The GEF has long recognized the importance of energy for economic development, as well as the negative effects of inefficient energy use. For that reason, the GEF supports the transfer of energy-efficient technologies, but also helps to reform policies and regulations that foster energy efficiency.