Partner #1 (Coordinator): NATIONAL AND KAPODISTRIAN UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS – KEPA (HELLAS)
KEPA (Energy Policy and Development Centre) is an academic institution functioning in the frame of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA or UoA). KEPA’s activities are focused on the thematic areas of Energy and Environmental Policy Issues with emphasis on Energy Geopolitics and Climate Change and Kyoto protocol mechanisms. It is an extrovert international oriented centre, based mainly on external senior experts and research scientists from Greece and abroad. It has a recognized contribution in coordination of high importance initiatives undertaken by EC in S.E Europe. KEPA’s Climate Change Policy Group puts emphasis on Kyoto protocol mechanisms.
The issues of Emission Trade Mechanisms, Joint Implementation and Clean Development Mechanisms constitute the hard core of its research. Its activities include the design of climate change policy instruments, the exploration of interactions between climate change policy tools, the evaluation of their performance individually and as a policy mix under social, economic and environmental criteria while it has developed the multi-criteria evaluation method AMS for climate change policy tools.
KEPA has an established experience in organizing international scientific and governmental meetings and conferences. It organizes the annual international Scientific Conference on “Energy and Climate Change Policy issues” (see at: http://www.promitheasnet.kepa.uoa.gr) for the last five years. It is the coordinator of PROMITHEASnet, The Energy and Climate Policy Network consisted of participants from 16 countries mainly coming from the Black Sea, Caspian Sea and Central Asia regions (Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Hellas, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan) and the Mediterranean (Lebanon) (see at:http://www.promitheasnet.kepa.uoa.gr). It prepares and disseminates the PROMITHEAS newsletter to more than 23,000 recipients in 170 countries. It is the editor of the bi-lingual scientific journal “Euro – Asian Journal of Sustainable Energy Development Policy” and of the bi-annual review “Energy View of BSEC countries”, while most of its regional importance activities are under the auspices of the intergovernmental Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (BSEC). KEPA is member of United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI).
Partner #2: UNIVERSITA COMMERCIALE 'LUIGI BOCCONI'
Established in 1902, Università Bocconi is a university of international standing in business, economics and law. Its research projects are funded by national and supranational institutions. Being a major node in the European and global network of business and economics universities, Bocconi exchanges faculty and cooperates on large projects with European and American universities and business schools.
Pure and applied research takes place in each of the disciplinary areas of the University, through its Departments, Research Centers and the SDA Bocconi School of Management. In particular, IEFE – Centre for Research on Energy and Environmental Economics and Policy (IEFE - Istituto di Economia e Politica dell’Energia e dell’Ambiente) is the research centre which co-ordinates and conducts applied research in the following fields:
Energy economics, focusing on energy markets as well as on natural resources;
Environmental economics, focusing on environmental and climate policy, analysis and evaluation;
Economics of public utilities focusing on energy, water and waste services.
UB-IEFE (No.2) is involved in several European and national projects, and is also member of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), a global initiative launched by the United Nations involving academia, civil society, and the private sector to support sustainable development problem solving.
Energy efficiency is a key research area for IEFE. Energy efficiency policies have been addressed by IEFE’s research activities in a multi-level governance perspective, also in connection with regional and local policies for sustainable energy and climate change mitigation and with “smart cities” strategies. Among other research activities, IEFE has investigated the socio-economic drivers of GHG emissions and energy use at urban level.
In the HERON project, UB-IEFE will undertake leadership for tasks in WP2 “Mapping and assessment of social, economic, cultural and educational barriers in buildings and transport”. UB-IEFE will work on the assessment of the barriers to the implementation of different energy efficiency policies, looking in particular at regional and local policies. In order to reach this objective, UB-IEFE team will use its qualitative and quantitative assessment skills acquired during national and European projects.
Partner #3: SDRUZHENIE CHERNOMORSKI IZSLEDOVATELSKI ENERGIEN TSENTAR
The Black Sea Energy Research Centre (BSERC) is a non-profit legal entity, registered in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2007. The organization is successor of the Black Sea Regional Energy Centre, founded in 1995 having extensive experience in the implementation of the EU energy policy in Bulgaria and in the Black Sea region, and as such, it aims at fostering the co-operation between the countries of the Black Sea region and the EU in the energy field. Apart from its international activities, the Centre is actively involved in Bulgarian energy issues.
The Centre’s main activities are connected with:
- Harmonization of the energy legislation of the BSR countries with the EU legislation;
- Promotion of renewable energy and climate protection;
- Energy efficiency and rational use of energy;
- Networking, exchange of experience and dissemination of energy and climate-related information.
BSERC has provided substantial support to municipalities in their sustainable energy lanning through the development and support in the implementation of seven SEAPs, contribution to municipal energy efficiency and renewable energy plans, feasibility studies, and training. Additionally, BSERC is experienced the development of long term energy scenarios.
A great part of the Centre’s activities has been devoted to dissemination of energy-related information at international, national, and local level. These include organization of events, publications, websites, newsletters, printed materials, etc. Since 2005, the Centre has coordinated the communication and dissemination activities in 9 EU-funded projects (mainly IEE and FP6).
Partner #4: OXFORD BROOKES UNIVERSITY
The Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development at Oxford Brookes University is the largest academic research institute in the UK dedicated to research on sustainable development in the built environment. The Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD) at OBU is committed to finding sustainable solutions at all levels of the built environment. With 75 academic and research staff, OISD is multi-disciplinary, comprising architects, engineers, physicists, land use planners, social scientists, economists and transport and housing experts. OISD is contributing to major Research Council programmes such as Living with Environmental Change (SNACC climate change adaptation project), Energy research (EVALOC low carbon communities project ), Sustainable Urban Environments (Retrofit 2050) and Lifelong Health and Wellbeing (PrICELESS Design).
The Low Carbon Building (LCB) Group of OISD is a global leader in the fields of carbon counting; building performance monitoring and post-occupancy evaluation. The group’s carbon counting research has influenced national and international standards. These include: development, testing and refinement of UNEP’s Global Common Carbon Metric protocol and tool (currently being developed into an ISO standard) and the British Standard’s Institution’s PAS 2060 standard on demonstration of carbon neutrality. The group has attracted £3m external research funding (since 2009) from EPSRC, ESRC, TSB, including a £1.14 million RCUK funded 3-year project on evaluating impacts, effectiveness and success of low carbon communities on localised energy behaviours (EVALOC). LCB’s EPSRC funded Suburban Neighbourhood Climate Change Adaptation (SNACC) project has influenced Government reports on overheating in housing and led to a briefing document on assessing overheating risk for Green Deal assessors. The Low Carbon Building (LCB) group at OISD, holds world-leading expertise in carbon counting and measuring energy performance of buildings.
Partner #5: UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN
University of Antwerp (Universiteit Antwerpen) is a university, an Autonomous Public Institution. The department Engineering Management (ENM) is a research unit of the University of Antwerp. The 'Energy and Environment' group within ENM contributes to the realization of the ideal of sustainable development, by investigating how processes of scientific and technological innovation can be influenced, so that they may contribute positively to sustainable development in its social, cultural, economic and ecological dimensions.
This partner withdraw from the Consortium on month 18. The WP and Tasks of this partner were undertaken by the remaining consortium members.
Partner #6: WUPPERTAL INSTITUTE FOR CLIMATE, ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY
Sustainable development requires an integrated approach to policy and science because many of the issues it raises cannot be addressed within a single department or using the tools of individual scientific disciplines. This is where the Wuppertal Institute's research programme begins - by taking an interdisciplinary approach and working towards systems understanding. Applied sustainability research is the Wuppertal Institute's stated mission. The Wuppertal Institute collaborates with a multitude of universities and institutes around the world. A scientific International Advisory Board supports the Institute in defining fundamental research strategies as well as ensuring the quality and independence of its research.
The Wuppertal Institute has the legal status of a non-profit limited company and receives basic funding from the Land North Rhine - Westphalia.
In the Wuppertal Institute, scientists with backgrounds in a wide range of disciplines collaborate in projects on international, national and regional levels. The scientists are organized in four research groups with close collaboration across the research groups. The research group “Energy, Transport and Climate Policy” will contribute to the HERON project.
Partner #7: UNIVERSITY OF BELGRADE - FACULTY OF MINING AND GEOLOGY
University of Belgrade-Faculty of Mining and Geology is an educational and scientific institution. It educates professionals in undergraduate, specialist, master's and doctoral studies. In addition to that, it fosters scientific research, as well as knowledge innovation, professional education and development. University of Belgrade-Faculty of Mining and Geology scientifically and educationally covers wide spectrum of topics closely related to climate change mitigation policies as energy and energy efficiency, renewable energy use, especially geothermal energy, environmental protection, etc.
Centre for Energy at the Faculty of Mining and Geology was founded at 1970 with the idea to support strategic Serbian development in energy field by scientific research related to use of renewable energy, energy management and planning, rational energy use, spatial planning of energy objects and facilities, and evaluation of energy influence to climate change. Centre for Energy at the Faculty of Mining and Geology has created draft of new Energy Sector Development Strategy of Republic of Serbia up to 2025 with projections to 2030.
Partner #8: ESTONIAN INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, STOCKHOLM ENVIRONMENT INSTITUTE TALLINN CENTRE
Stockholm Environment Institute - SEI is an independent international research institute, which has been engaged in environment and development issues at local, national, regional and global policy levels for 25 years. SEI was formally founded in 1989 by the Swedish Government and has established a reputation for rigorous and objective scientific analysis in the field of environment and development. Stockholm Environment Institute Tallinn Centre (SEI Tallinn) was founded in 1992. It is an independent, non-profit foundation with staff around 20 people.
SEI Tallinn associate leading environmental experts from Estonia and is recognized as a key national expert on environment, climate change and energy, sustainable development and policy issues in the society.
SEI Tallinn has excellent knowledge on the planning and use of EU Structural Funds and solid knowledge base on Baltic Sea Region socio-economic and environment issues.
SEI Tallinn uses wide variety of policy and impact analysis methodologies, indicator systems and tools applied worldwide (Multicriteria Analysis, Sustainability Impact Assesment, Life Cycle Analysis, Cost Benefit Analysis, Environmental Risks Analysis, etc.) and/or toolkits and models for policy measures impact assessment and planning, developed by SEI itself. Detailed overview of methodologies and tools used by SEI is seen at web www.sei-international.org.
The Tallinn centre links SEI world-wide know-how on the promotion of sustainable development and resilience, climate change mitigation and adaptation, environmental protection, nature conservation by analysing the impact of environment-related policies, management practices, market-based instruments, socio-economic issues, renewable energy sources promotion (wider up-take), energy efficiency measures and environmental governance studies in the region. In its commitment to bridging the gap between science and policy-making, SEI Tallinn is communicating its work to governments, the private sector, other research institutes, and the society as a whole. An important part of SEI Tallinn’s work focuses on analyzing impacts of national and EU policies and thus contributing to policy and legislation design.
SEI tackles overarching issues like UN FCCC and Kyoto Protocol implementation practicalities, energy sector development for the short and long term perspectives with an emphasis on renewable energy sources, food security, vulnerability, risk management, and governance, as well as resource challenges such as the sustainable use of land and water, how to deal with air pollution caused by sharpened mobility issues in cities. SEI’s role is to provide solutions to environment and development challenges through state-of-the-art inter-and multidisciplinary research, combined with on-the-ground capacity building. SEI covers issues, exposing the complex relationships between people, nature and social systems and striving for a complete picture rather than looking at aspects of a problem in isolation. SEI fills a critical gap between fundamental science and implementation, by concentrating our efforts on connecting these two through applied research to pilot testing and demonstration. Extending our fundamental science, we draw upon close partnerships with universities around the world for input to our applied and integrated research. Similarly, we work with partners – from the public and private sector – to translate our knowledge into improved practice on the ground.
SEI approach is often highly collaborative, and stakeholder involvement has always been at the heart of SEI’s work. SEI research is open source and relies on cooperation with universities and research institutions.
Institute believes that the insights generated by it’s work can guide society through change and should inform decision making and public policy. Our projects help to build capacity and strengthen institutions to equip our partners for the long-term sustainable development.