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.