Partners

List of our partners.

CSIC - Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spanish National Research Council)

The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) is the largest public institution dedicated to research in Spain. Belonging to the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness through the Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation. Its main objective is to foster, coordinate, develop and promote scientific and technological research, of a multidisciplinary nature, in order to contribute to advancing knowledge and economic, social and cultural development, as well as to train staff and advise public and private entities on this matter. It more than 13,000 employees, among these 3,300 are permanent researchers and about 4,300 are pre- and post-doctoral researchers. The CSIC has 71 institutes or centres distributed throughout Spain and 54 Joint Research Units with universities or other research institutions, and a delegation in Brussels. CSIC provides services to the entire scientific community through management of the Singular Scientific and Technological Infrastructures (ICTS).

The Institute of Marine sciences belongs to the CSIC and is the largest marine research center in Spain and one of the most important in the Mediterranean region. It is entirely devoted to the study of oceans and seas. The Institute’s long experience and a team of over 200 specialists in different fields of oceanographic research (physics, chemistry, geology and biology) give the ICM a broad vision of the marine ecosystem, and the ability to assess changes and human impacts on the environment and seek appropriate solutions.The ICM is constituted by four departments: 1. Marine Biology and Oceanography  2.  Marine Geosciences  3. Physical and Technological Oceanography  4.Renewable Marine Resources.The researchers of these departments take part in national and international projects and in oceanographic surveys in almost all the seas and oceans of the world.

The members of the Coordinating group have both, scientific publication activity and an intense dissemination activity about energy, resources and sustainability, with frequent appearances in press, radio and TV, aside more than 50 talks per year for stakeholders or institutions. A. Turiel’s blog (http://crashoil.blogspot.com) with more than 4.4 million of viewed pages is a reference webpage on the project subject in Spanish. All the members of the Coordinating team belong to the Oil Crash Observatory, a charity that they contributed to create to foster the visibility of the problems described above.

Location
Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, 37-49
E-08003 Barcelona Barcelona
Spain

AEA – Austrian Energy Agency

The Austrian Energy Agency was founded in 1977 as a non-profit scientific association.

Main purpose and goal of the Austrian Energy Agency is to develop, support and implement measures that aim at a sustainable energy supply and use. Among the areas of work are innovative energy technologies (ET), energy-efficient systems (EE), and renewable energy sources (RES). In addition, the Agency participates and co-operates within projects and networks on national, EU and international levels to promote ET, EE and RES in cooperation with other institutions. Renewable energy and energy efficiency are thematic priorities of the Austrian Energy Agency. The AEA has long experience in the energy efficiency and renewable energy policy fields. This is documented by many projects and activities on regional, national and international level. Inter alia the Austrian Energy Agency is the organisation nominated for the Concerted Action for the Energy Services Directive (ESD) and the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) in Austria and member of the EnR network. The AEA is also the overall coordinator of the Concerted Action on the Implementation of the Renewable Energy Directive (CA-RES). Since 2007, the Austrian Energy Agency is the national monitoring body for the implementation of the ESD in Austria, has prepared the first and second energy efficiency plan for Austria and is also involved in the preparation of the implementation of the EED.

Furthermore, the AEA has been involved in the support of both the government (on national and regional level) and national stakeholders in various political and strategic processes. In many activities, this support has involved the usage of modelling tools for the development of scenarios for the analysis of the future national energy system and its components, and the evaluation of the impact of policy measures. The main modelling tool is the Austrian energy system model, which has been developed by the Austrian Energy Agency using the TIMES model generator. It describes all the sectors of the national energy system using a combination of technology-specific bottom-up and energy-economic top-down approaches.

DUHA – Hnuti DUHA

Hnuti DUHA (HD) is the largest environmental NGO in the Czech Republic. With 30+ staff and a number of volunteers, we work on issues ranging from climate and energy, forests and biodiversity, resources and waste recycling, as well as general environmental policy.

The mission of Hnuti DUHA is to secure clean and healthy environment for everyone and to promote civic society development. HD has over 20 years of experience in cooperating with scientists and using scientific knowledge in large-scale information campaigns understandable for broad public. HD intensively supports people to take an active part in civil society development and it motivates them to lead environmentally friendly lifestyle. Our media outputs effectively reach hundreds of thousands of people (confirmed by press monitoring).  The organization has 10 local groups and it is divided into four program units covering the following agenda:

  •  Energy Program focuses on energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and raising public awareness on climate change issues.
  •  Waste Management Program works in order to increase resource efficiency, recycling promotion and general transfer to a society that uses waste in a strategic and sustainable way. 
  •  Forestry Program works on protected areas, education of adults and staff from other NGOs, biodiversity protection, environmental forestry and forest management.
  •  Sustainable Consumption Program deals with local farming issues, sustainable consumption and agriculture in the Czech Republic.

DUHA has been involved in dozens of international projects with significant proportion of EU funding, both as leader and partner.

IIASA – International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) is a nongovernmental research organization.

It conducts inter-disciplinary scientific studies on environmental, economic, technological and social issues in the context of human dimensions of global change and acted as coordinator of the Global Energy Assessment (GEA) (www.globalenergyassessment.org) for Rio+20. Sustainability and the human dimensions of global change are the key issues in IIASA's investigations. These driving forces are studied as individual topics and in the wider context of their relevance to changes in the global system. Systems methods for the analysis of global issues provide the mathematical and methodological backbone to the work of the applied projects at IIASA.

The Water (WAT) Program was established in 2013 in conjunction with a flagship project of IIASA, the Water Futures and Solutions Initiative (WFaS). The program seeks to incorporate water science into assessment and planning studies at the nexus of water, energy, food and environmental security.  Its aim is to establish a critical mass of knowledge in the nexus through development of new modelling tools and data collection.

BSERC – Black Sea Energy Research Centre

The Black Sea Energy Research Centre (BSERC, http://bserc.eu) is an association of energy experts, successor of the Black Sea Regional Energy Centre, which was established in 1995 with a purpose to support the implementation of the EU energy policy in the Black Sea region.

The BSERC is actively involved in the Bulgarian energy sector research in the following fields: energy strategy and harmonization of the Bulgarian energy legislation with the EU legislation, security of energy supply, sustainable development - use of renewable energy sources (RES), energy efficiency and rational use of energy, and climate change mitigation. The Centre has been involved in numerous projects funded by national and international financing institutions and programmes, i.e. the EU FP6, FP7 and “Intelligent energy – Europe” programmes, EBRD, USAID, etc.

Presently the BSERC’s team includes 10 energy experts – 2 professors, 2 assoc. professors and senior experts, and supporting staff.  In addition, the Centre closely cooperates with energy institutions and experts in all countries in the Black Sea region.

ARU – Anglia Ruskin University

The Global Sustainability Institute (GSI) is a research institute at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU).

It was established by in 2011 as part of Anglia Ruskin University’s commitment to sustainability. It is a University-wide body which spans a broad portfolio of areas and interests related to sustainability. The GSI is now over 40 people (including staff, postdoctoral researchers, doctoral candidates, knowledge transfer partnership associates and visiting fellows). It has an annual research income of over £400,000, with research projects with the World Bank, UK Department of Energy and Climate Change, Lloyds of London, UK Institute of Actuaries, Cambridgeshire County Council and Skanska as well as UK Research Council and European funding.

The GSI brings together expertise in international climate finance and resource-risk-society modelling. The GSI has led the work of the UK Government on developing policy frameworks to enable public-private partnerships on international climate finance. The GSI has expertise in systems dynamic and agent based modelling techniques and has built the Global Resource Observatory (GRO) pilot models to understand the global risks associated with resource depletion and climate change at a country level. The GSI contributes its understanding of model development and assessment as well as stakeholder engagement in model building.

UVA – Universidad de Valladolid

The University of Valladolid is one of the most important centers of Higher Education in Spain.

It counts on four campuses -Valladolid, Palencia, Segovia and Soria-, over 100 degrees, 80 doctoral programs (14 with Honor Mention) and 68 postgraduate degree, accredited international relations and prestigious research Centers. On average, nearly 25,000 students enroll each year, counts on more than 2,500 teachers and nearly 1,000 people dealing with administration tasks and other services. Over 60% of students do internships in companies and other institutions. It offers a comprehensive range of double international degrees, and promotes the transfer of research results.

UVA research facilities include 4 Certified Industrial Laboratories and 19 research institutes. It just open new landmark Lab-building, called LUCIA (0% CO2 emissions; 0% energy consumption, with LEED Platinum certification and Green Certification), with 2,100 m2 for researching related to efficiency energy buildings and agrofood (nutrition, food and dietary laboratories).

The UVA manages around 852 research projects financed through competitive public R+D+i calls (European, national or regional), and approximately 500 contracts and agreements aimed at the transfer of knowledge and technology, amounting to an average value of over fifteen million Euros per annum. Moreover, its researchers take part in almost 250 further projects and contracts managed by other institutions.

UVA has been taking part in a very active way in different European projects, at research or training level, during the last 20 years. There is a long experience in international projects developed by different groups of research in the University and different fields of knowledge.

MU – Masaryk University

Masaryk University (MU), the second largest Czech university, has an internationally respected research program, state-of-the-art infrastructure and 38000 research results visible on the European scale.

The faculty of Social Studies is continuously receiving top ratings among social sciences faculties. Research activities grant a budget of about 14 million Euros to the Faculty with 160+ academic publications per year. The Department of Environmental Studies, with background in environmental sociology (Prof. Librová, As. Prof. Stibral, Ulčák, PhD.) and environmental evaluation (Činčera, PhD., Krajhanzl, PhD.), takes as its starting point the historic and cultural causes of the environmental crisis and looks for possible solutions in the areas of social, economic, legal and political studies and their interactions, considering also natural sciences approach. There are numerous projects in progress in the Department, administered by 3 project coordinators funded by EC ECP to upgrade the teaching and study performance (15 mil. CZK), Social and financial metabolism of selected local food systems or participation in ICNP SD. The department has a long-standing and fruitful cooperation with Austrian and German universities, Telemark University College, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, and Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai.

Location
Masaryk University
Joštova 10,
CZ-602 00 Brno
Czech Republic

CIRCE – Centre for Energy Resources and Consumption

CIRCE, Research Centre for Energy Resources and Consumption, is a private Foundation created in 1993 by the University of Zaragoza (Spain), the Regional Government of Aragón and the Endesa Group.

Since 2001, CIRCE is acknowledged as a Centre of Technological Innovation. In 2009 the University of Zaragoza –CIRCE Mixed University Research Institute was constituted. The main R+D+i activities of CIRCE can be grouped into 8 major fields of work, one of them being natural resources management. Additionally, CIRCE has a vast experience concerning R+D+I projects and dissemination of results through scientific articles, conferences and websites.

Location
ampus Río Ebro. Mariano Esquillor Gómez, 15
50018 Zaragoza Zaragoza
Spain

CRES – Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving

The Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving, CRES is a independent public entity founded in 1987 and supervised by the Ministry of Environment, Energy & Climate Change (MEECC) in Greece.

CRES is active in the fields of Renewable Energy Sources (RES), Rational Use of Energy (RUE) and Energy Saving (ES), while its main aim is the promotion of technological applications in the above-mentioned fields both at a national and international level. CRES was appointed by Law 2244/94 and Law 2702/99 as the National Centre for Coordination in the fields of its activity. It acts as the technical advisor to the corresponding ministry contributing to the implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy measures and policies and has established a highly visible profile of a strong and reliable national energy centre.

CRES has a scientific staff of more than 120 highly qualified engineers and other scientists (among a total personnel of 160) and, over the years, has participated in more than 700 European and national projects. These include R&D projects, demonstration projects, development of energy information systems, feasibility studies, technical and economic studies, market research, as well as training and promotional activities on the RES/RUE/ES related issues.

Location
9th km Marathonos Ave
19009 Pikermi Attiki
Greece

INSTM - National Interuniversity Consortium of Materials Science and Technology

INSTM stands for the “National Interuniversity Consortium of Materials Science and Technology”, the largest consortium of its kind in Italy, drawing on the expertise of 47 Italian Universities.

The individual universities' voluntary affiliation with INSTM allows their Research Professors and Fellows to participate in the Consortium's activities through the presentation of research proposals. In the last few years, over 2000 tenured professors, research fellows, holders of research and scholarship grants and doctorate students have taken advantage of this opportunity, and the numbers are growing year on year.

Like other such organisations, INSTM's charge is to unite and concentrate the efforts of its affiliates to help them become more competitive both in Italy and abroad in securing funds and financing. The domestic and international projects involving INSTM's research groups that have been financed to date. Include as partners Italy's National Research Council; ENEA, Italy's National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development; the CINECA consortium for advanced information technology and scientific computing and Italy's largest computing centre; IIT, the Italian Institute of Technology, and many others.

Blue4You - Fine Art in Web Technologies.

Blue4You is a communication agency that specializes on institutional communication. Blue4You has successfully worked on projects with leading Consultancy Companies (Mostra, Deloitte, PWC, Gopa, Agriconsulting, Cardno,…) and high profile institutional customers, providing high-end products.

This is always achieved by establishing the proper workflows and procedures in all levels (analysis, graphic creation, development, project management and communication) between our partners and clients guaranteeing smooth collaboration between all working teams.

Blue4You has created graphic identity for a wide range of institutions and programmes such as the European Institute of Peace (EIP), the Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS), the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Belgian Foreign Trade Agency as well as a substantial number of EC sponsored projects and programmes. Our graphic expertize applies to a wide range of both online and offline communication tools. The company has developed several multisite platforms amongst which “OpenFED” a platform in Drupal 7, aimed at hosting all Belgian Federal websites. This distribution is very similar to the DG COMM FPFIS. As such, Blue4You is specialised in the Drupal environment and have in-depth knowledge of developing Drupal based complex platform under strict technical conditions and guidelines. 

Over 70% of Blue4You clients are coming from the public sector and specifically the European Commission for example, DG External Relations, DG Environment, the International Criminal Court as well as a wide selection of Belgian institutions. Blue4You activity relates both the development of online communication tools (website, applications, central data management systems, databases, webzines,…) as well as the creation of offline supports (PPT presentations, leaflets and brochures, …).

Blue4You is also highly experienced in mobile applications ergonomics and design, having been involved in the creation of widely used apps such as RTLinfo, M6, FunRadio, Twizz Radio, NuSkin, Belgian Economic Missions, etc.

Location
Avenue Brugmann 611
1180 Brussels
Belgium