With a long and well established tradition, founded in 1886 as a higher education institution, UD has a mission and educational goal firmly grounded in academic excellence and social responsibility, aiming at generating economic sustainable growth and making positive contributions towards the construction of fairer and more inclusive and humane societies. Recognized as an International Excellence Campus, the university is a hub of 39 research teams working at the university’s six faculties (Psychology and Education, Social Sciences and Humanities, Engineering, Law, Economic and Business Sciences, and Theology).
With more than 30 years of solid internationalization and a wide consolidated network of partnerships with top international research teams, DEUSTO is aware of the importance of research and the role it plays in economic, social and political development. As such, DEUSTO is present in many significant international networks (i.e., UNESCO, AUSJAL, Humanitarian Net, o IMISCOE, International association of Higher Education Institutions, European Association of Research and Technological Organisations) and has signed more than 400 cooperation agreements with international universities and research centres
The research facility 4ward Energy Research GmbH was founded in 2010 and is a non-profit organisation in the sector of energy research, both at the national and international level. The fields of activity are manifold and cover amongst others the fields of renewable energy sources, energy efficiency,
smart grids and microgrids, smart cities, energy storage technologies, simulations, etc. The staff was and is involved in numerous scientific R&D projects. The range of technical topics treated by 4ward Energy Research GmbH includes specific tasks within projects, ranging from answering
technical questions (simulations, modelling), creating economic solutions (business cases and models) to end-user involvement (workshops,
co-creation processes), and dissemination and exploitation panning and activities.
E3-Modelling is a private capital company established in Greece as a knowledgeintensive consulting company spin-off inheriting staff, knowledge and softwaremodelling innovation from the laboratory E3MLab of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). The company specialises in the delivery of consulting services based on large-scale empirical modelling of the nexus economy-energy environment. The experience goes back to 1990 and includes internationally renowned milestones, such as the models PRIMES and GEM-E3 and the support of major impact assessment studies and scenario building of the European Commission.
The modelling and consulting services have also delivered numerous studies for European Governments, professional associations, and large-scale companies in the energy field. The consultation expertise of the company focuses on the design of transition in the energy market and systems, both in the demand and supply of energy, towards green and climate-friendly structures and technologies. Thanks to the modelling, the group assesses the transitions from economic, policy and implementation perspectives putting emphasis on the functioning of the system and the markets as a whole when policy instruments influence behaviours and market
outcomes. E3-Modelling has well renowned research records in modelling economic growth, sectoral growth, and employment at an international level based on the GEM-E3 model which is the most-used macroeconomic general equilibrium model in Europe and fully represents the interactions between the economy, energy, transport and the environment.
TNO (Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast-Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek) is one of the major applied research and technology organisations in Europe. With a staff of approximately 3000 and an annual turnover of close to a billion Euros, TNO is carrying out applied R&D on, among others, healthy living, industrial innovation, traffic & transport, buildings & infrastructure, circular economy, energy technology, and safety & security. TNO is involved in many international programmes, especially including EU-funded collaborative projects.
The former ECN (Stichting Energieonderzoek Centrum Nederland) has become part of TNO on 1 April 2018. The new “ECN part of TNO” department is a symbiosis of all energy R&D activities of ECN and TNO, and is thereby the leading institute for energy research in the Netherlands with about 600 researchers. The R&D of ECN-TNO contributes to transforming the current energy system into one without CO2 emissions by 2050. ECN-TNO consists of several main innovation programmes: solar energy, wind energy, built environment, CO2-neutral industry, fuels & feedstock, system integration, and societally embedded energy transition. Also the Geological Survey of the Netherlands is part of ECN-TNO.
The Energy Transition Studies group of ECN-TNO employs about 60 researchers who cover a wide variety of academic disciplines. Energy Transition Studies focuses on the political, economic, and social aspects of energy technology implementation. It possesses a broad range of different modelling tools, mostly developed inhouse. These include e.g. simulation, opimization, and management models. Its EU models cover electricity markets, renewables, power generation, and fossil fuels, and enable investigating a broad range of scenarios and policy instruments,
under which GHG emissions trading.
GOIENER is a non-profit citizen cooperative dealing with electric energy commercialization. GOIENER is concerned with the generation and consumption of renewable energy, and with the objective of reclaiming energy sovereignty. Energy – electricity in particular – has become a basic need in our society, almost to the extent of food or water. GOIENER wants citizens to regain control over this basic need and to make them aware of its importance, thus promoting a responsible and sustainable consumption of energy. GOIENER commercializes electric energy to its clients/
associates that is 100% renewable.
Currently GOIENER counts with around 10.000 associates and manages more than 13.000 contracts. The way GOIENER wants to reclaim energy sovereignty for citizens is by entering the electricity sector, which has recently been liberalized. Its activities include marketing (buying) and generating energy, since transport and distribution are still regulated by the government. Although this is its main activity, it is not limited to that field; research is being carried out continuously at GOIENER related to finding out investment options for the deployment of renewable energy solutions.
The Renewables Grid Initiative is a unique collaboration of NGOs and TSOs from across Europe. We promote transparent, environmentally sensitive grid development to enable the further steady growth of renewable energy and the energy transition. RGI Members (23 as of today) originate from a variety of European countries (12), consisting of TSOs from: Belgium (Elia), Croatia (HOPS), France (RTE), Germany (50Hertz, Amprion and TenneT), Ireland (EirGrid), Italy (Terna), the Netherlands (TenneT), Switzerland (Swissgrid), Norway (Statnett) and Spain (REE); and the following NGOs: BirdLife Europe, Climate Action Network-Europe (CAN), Friends of the Earth Ireland, Fundación Renovables, Germanwatch, Legambiente, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), NABU, Natuur&Milieu, Transport & Environment, WWF International and ZERO. RGI was launched in July 2009.
Climate Alliance is the largest European city network dedicated to climate action. Through the Climate Alliance, some 1,700 member municipalities and districts covering 26 European countries as well as a variety of regional governments, NGOs and other organisations are actively working to combat climate change. The city network was founded in 1990 with the mission to elaborate and implement local climate protection measures especially in the fields of energy and mobility and to cooperate with indigenous peopleto protect the tropical rainforests. Climate Alliance members commit to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10% over 5 years and halving of per capita emissions by 2030 (baseline 1990).
Co-coordinating the Covenant of Mayors Office, Climate Alliance plays a key role in technical and administrative support for European local authorities carrying out methodological work, capacity building, guidelines, and monitoring. Outside Europe, the Climate Alliance European Secretariat is also active in helping to spread the successful examples and lessons learned via the Covenant of Mayors.