of industry; (7) spur the creation of a domestic bioindustry; (8) lead by example through government’s own actions; and (9) change the way that the EERE does business (DOE, 2002).


The ITP Strategic Plan describes the program’s mission and vision and outlines a long-term strategy for achieving improvements in the energy and environmental performance of energy-intensive industries (DOE, 2003c). It is intended that this plan provide the strategic link between the policies and priorities described in the National Energy Policy and the detailed plans outlined in the ITP Multi-Year Program Plan. The Strategic Plan is intended to build on DOE and EERE strategic plans and to provide specific strategies for achieving DOE and EERE goals.

Mission and Vision

As stated in Chapter 1, the mission of the ITP is to decrease the energy intensity of the U.S. industrial sector through a coordinated program of research and development, validation, and dissemination of energy efficiency technologies and operating practices. As part of its mission, the ITP partners with industry, its equipment manufacturers, and its many stakeholders to reduce U.S. reliance on foreign energy sources, reduce environmental impacts of U.S. industry, increase the use of renewable energy sources, improve the competitiveness of U.S. industry, and improve the quality of life for U.S. workers, families, and communities (DOE, 2003c, p. 2).

The vision of the ITP is to strive for a world in which U.S. goods are recognized for their extraordinary quality, are produced with minimal energy and environmental impact, are designed for durability and recyclability, and are manufactured with modern technology and practices to ensure continued U.S. economic vitality and energy security (DOE, 2003c, p. 2).

The goals of the ITP’s Strategic Plan address two areas: reduction in energy intensity and commercialization of energy efficiency technologies. Quantitative goals have been set: a 25 percent decrease in energy intensity1 by the energy-intensive Industries of the Future (IOFs) between 2002 and 2020 and the commercialization of more than 10 industrial energy efficiency technologies between 2003 and 2010.2 The six key ITP strategies for achieving these goals are:

  • To focus on energy-intensive industries,

  • To use public-private partnerships to plan and implement the program,

  • To identify grand challenges that would dramatically improve industrial energy efficiency,

  • To implement a technology portfolio that is balanced in terms of near-, mid-, and far-term research,

  • To perform process-specific and crosscutting research and development (R&D) to improve long-term energy efficiency, and

  • To perform technology delivery activities to improve near- and mid-term energy efficiency (DOE, 2003c, pp. 8–12).

Conclusions and Recommendations for the Strategic Plan

The committee finds that the ITP Strategic Plan presents a coherent link between the higher-level plans described above and the ITP’s Multi-Year Program Plan (DOE, 2004a). The strategies outlined are consistent with the mission of the ITP and address the needs of the DOE and U.S. industry for decreased energy intensity and improved environmental protection. The Strategic Plan is aimed at meeting the


Energy intensity is defined in the ITP Strategic Plan as energy consumed in British thermal units (Btu) per unit of industrial output (in U.S. dollars of gross domestic product) as compared with Btu per unit of industrial output in 2002 (DOE, 2003c, p. 2).


B.Garland, DOE, 2004, “Industrial Technologies Program Corporate Programmatic Review,” Presentation to the Committee, Washington, D.C., May 19.

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