About Us


Accelerating global action towards industrial energy efficiency for people, countries and the planet.

We envision a future where efficient industrial energy consumption can be part of the climate solution, provide new employment opportunities and drastically improve productivity while reducing costs for business.

Our mission is to support developing countries adopt industrial energy efficiency standards, technology and management practices in national policies and industries.

We do this through capacity building, unlocking financial incentives and scalable opportunities, while also provide technical advice.

As efforts to mitigate climate change become ever more critical, the Industrial Energy Accelerator is calling for policymakers and the private sector to embrace the numerous economic and environmental benefits that industrial energy efficiency provides.

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The Industrial Energy Accelerator is one of six programmes launched by Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) during the 2014 Climate Summit in New York.

These flagship initiatives are designed to accelerate action across fuel economy, lighting, appliances, buildings and district energy systems. Together, these programmes contribute to SEforALL’s goal of doubling the rate of global energy efficiency improvements by 2030.

Since its launch the Accelerator formed a global secretariat and rolled out project implementation in five countries.

Involved Organizations

The Industrial Energy Accelerator is co-convened by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Carbon Trust, with support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF). 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.


The Carbon Trust is an independent, expert partner of leading organizations around the world, helping them contribute to and benefit from a more sustainable future. The Carbon Trust has a track record of delivering financing solutions to unlock energy efficiency deployment, broadening private sector engagement, creating investable opportunity pipelines and building in-country energy efficiency capacity.

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.