This is one of CIBO’s three major policy committees, which we use as our primary forum to exchange information and to dive into the specifics on pertinent environmental regulations, policies and legislation, including EPA air regulations. We apply our focus, in particular, to facility-level compliance: technical challenges, costs etc. The committee also works on the advancement and development of policies, strategies and positions, including the crafting and submission of formal comments on major regulations, often in coordination as a coalition with other business sector organizations. The committee also helps to shape the topic agendas for CIBO meetings and conferences.
Energy & Sustainability Committee
The committee’s policy reach has recently expanded to more fully capture opportunities and technical challenges with alternative fuels, clean energy, de-carbonization, policies advancing electrification, as well sustainability-related metrics, including carbon disclosure, etc. CIBO has historically maintained a strong focus on power concerns at the facility level – technical as well as broader policies of concern to our industrial boiler owners and operators. The committee, through our meetings and conferences, serves as a primary focus to develop and disseminate technically sound, equitable and cost-effective policies and regulations tie to energy products, sources and equipment. The committee also works to develop policy positions and advocacy strategies on key energy issues.
The committee’s mandate is to focus on specific policies and regulations to put plans and strategies together to execute a deeper technical dive and analysis, as well as data collection. The work of the committee, historically, has been instrumental in providing key data and policy recommendations, looking at narrower applications within energy and environmental regulations. The larger objective of this panel is to promote reliable, safe and cost-effective practices in the design, operation and maintenance of industrial energy steam and power systems. The committee promotes timely technology transfer and looks at: regulatory actions affecting industry practices, codes and standards. The other policy committees look to the technical committee to take specific regulatory concerns – in the earlier stages as regulations are proposed as well as on the back end as regulations are implemented to help achieve technical workable solutions
Government Affairs Committee
The committee, in coordination with the three CIBO policy committees, focuses on priority legislative and regulatory concerns, with respect to environmental, energy and sustainability-related issues where CIBO has a potential role to play with respect to providing input into the policy / advocacy process in Washington, DC. The committee also contributes to CIBO meetings and conferences topics and presentations. CIBO interacts with several other major business trade associations and coalitions, helping to connect and leverage our concerns and policy priorities. The Committee develops appropriate legislative lobbying strategy to address the energy and environmental objectives of the organization.
Technical Conferences – Planning Committee
The “TCP” committee works on the overall themes, topic agendas, invited presenters and logistics details for CIBO’s in-person conferences scheduled each year. They work closely with CIBO staff. Registrants include members and invited non-members. The general themes and directions established through our conferences, combined with the peer-to-peer engagement of our members, are fundamentally important and value toward shaping short and long term CIBO course..
Membership and Communications Committee
The committee serves as the primary body tasked with CIBO membership retention and recruitment by working on the establishment and meeting of annual goals and long term objectives. The committee’s work aligns closely with the energy and environmental policy priorities of the organization, including how the organization’s priorities are profiled and communicated externally as well as internally with our CIBO members. The committee also works on communication support, including improvements to the CIBO website and social media. The committee also serves as a leader with CIBO’s on-going strategic planning work.