multiscenario exercise (rank driving forces by importance and uncertainty, cluster uncertainties into affinity groups and select axes of uncertainty, characterize driving forces under different uncertainty extremes, write scenarios, exercise scenarios, establish monitoring and trend analyses) will be completed and incorporated into the next revision of the ITP Strategic Plan.
Environmental regulations impact manufacturing operations both technically and financially, as compliance represents a significant fraction of both capital spending and operating costs. Many of the IOF visions and roadmaps contain environmental as well as energy-related goals. ITP objectives include the development and promotion of energy technologies and practices that also promote resource conservation, minimize environmental impact, and promote energy and environmental sustainability, and many environmental drivers are incorporated into ITP planning. Many technologies under development within the ITP simultaneously decrease both energy intensity and environmental impact. The ITP plans to continue communication and collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on environmental issues affecting manufacturing; to have EPA participation in ITP planning, project solicitation, and merit reviews; and to quantify environmental and other societal benefits of ITP technologies.
Industrial market acceptance of energy-saving technologies depends on the reduction of risk and uncertainty associated with implementing new projects. This reduction in risk is in part provided by demonstrations and other sources of technical and economic performance data. Project R&D, training, the development of decision tools, fact sheets, and case studies are now being funded. The ITP recognizes that additional engineering verification data, additional training, and more robust communication of technology benefits will be critical to market acceptance and industrial financing of energy efficiency investments. The committee notes that this is important for the market acceptance of mature energy-saving technologies and, even more so, for novel technologies developed under this program. The committee believes—and emphasizes—that the market success of mature projects must be measured in order to provide feedback for new project selection, and that the projected market acceptance of proposed projects must be properly evaluated and included in project selection and project portfolio management.