Working Party on Industrial Decarbonisation (WPID)

The aim of the Working Party on Industrial Decarbonisation WPID is to provide a platform with a focus on key aspects towards accelerating industrial decarbonisation. The initial focus area of the WPID will be on definitions related to what constitutes climate friendly production standards in heavy industry and how these standards can support successful decarbonisation policies. Thus WPID is working together with IEA members as well as relevant globale private and public stakeholder and supports the IEA office in reporting, benchmarking and foresight.

The Working Party on Industrial Decarbonisation was launched in 2023 within the Committee on Energy Research and Technology (CERT) . WPID consists of representatives of the IEA member countries, the European Commission EC and IEA candidate countries. If necessary, associated countries may be invited.

Core functions of this working party

As stated in its Strategic Plan the WPID has identified two priority areas of work for its first term:

  1. Progressing emissions data collection and technical dialogue on measurement methodologies and definitions; and
  2. Advancing industrial decarbonisation policies, including with the aid of measurement and definitions.

These work areas were selected to meet existing needs in the multilateral collaboration landscape and to leverage the areas where the IEA has recognised strengths. The list of activities, modalities and suggested outputs is indicative, and may be modified as the work progresses and in order to serve the evolving needs and interests of the countries.

The initial focus will be on steel and cement, with an ambition to undertake similar work for aluminium and chemicals in the coming years. Both production and product-level definitions and methodologies are within the scope of work.

As a priority for the first work on steel and cement, organisations to be engaged are the International Organization for Standardization ISO, the Clean Energy Ministerial Industrial Deep Decarbonisation Initiative CEM IDDI, the World Trade Organisation WTO, the WorldSteel Association, the Global Cement and Concrete Association GCCA, and ResponsibleSteel.

WPID provides a Strategic Plan and periodic 2-years working programs, the current one runs from Oct 2023 until Sept 2025.

Survey methods and standards are central for the globally exporting Austrian industry. Early international involvement about future developments in the area of standardization of climate-friendly products increases the export opportunities of domestic products and helps to identify credible, reliable GHG balances and scenarios.

Cooperation with Technology Collaboration Programmes (TCPs) und other IEA Working Parties

Participating Countries

IEA members, IEA candidate countries, EC; on invitation only assoc. countries: EC; Austria, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, UK, USA, (July 2023).


Austrian Delegate

BMK Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology
Unit Energy and Environmental Technologies
Mag. Sabine Mitter
Radetzkystraße 2, A-1030 Wien
Tel.: +43 1 71162 652915

Austrian Delegate Alternate

Dipl.-Ing. Theresia Vogel
Ödenburger Straße 87/Top 3, A-1210 Wien
Tel.: +43 (0) 664 1423545