In 2017, the National Commission for The Efficient Use of Energy (CONUEE) launched a voluntary agreement programme (Acuerdos Voluntarios, AVs) on behalf of the Energy Transition Act (LTE). Within the framework of VA, energy-intensive industries are committed to conducting energy audits, encouraging the implementation of energy management systems and defining a plan to reduce their consumption on the basis of a goal of reducing energy intensity. One of the requirements of any voluntary agreement is the publication of an annual report prepared by an independent director. Each report contains a summary of the compliance, trends and detailed energy measurements of each device during the reference period. Many European countries have voluntary or long-term agreements with industry to improve the energy efficiency of the sector. While some of these countries have needed voluntary agreements for more than 20 years, others have abandoned their countries. Have voluntary agreements ended? If not, how will they be designed today to contribute as much as possible to the Paris Agreement and to promoting energy efficiency in the industry? Well-designed voluntary energy efficiency agreements are essential to raise awareness and carelessness with many energy efficiency benefits. This paper analyzes the design of existing AVs with respect to general frameworks, objectives and sectors, commitments and commitments, motivation for membership, reporting and monitoring of provisions and results of existing VAs, as reported by national authorities. The document summarizes the main characteristics of voluntary agreements and makes recommendations for the proper implementation of this political instrument. TRACTEBEL organized, in close collaboration with IPEEC and UNIDO, a workshop on voluntary industrial energy efficiency agreements as a secondary event to the eceee industrial Efficiency 2018 conference. Experts from Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Sweden and Ukraine exchanged practices, opinions and teachings. Learn more about what some signatories are doing, including details about the energy efficiency of their devices.

In December 2017, CONUEE signed the first voluntary energy efficiency agreement with Nestlé México (a major food and beverage company). The company plans to invest more than MXN 70 million in its Nescafé plant in Toluca to reduce energy consumption by 13%. Comparison of the policy instruments implemented by countries with or not having voluntary agreements has failed to identify certain policy instruments in competition with voluntary agreements. Follow the latest developments in the sector`s energy-saving effort. This analysis concludes that voluntary agreements can still have a future in Europe, provided there is still room to stimulate effective energy consumption practices in the industry, compared to an ever stricter base, which is both profitable for the government and attractive to industry.