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European Energy Centre - Independent Educational Body for the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Sectors

Our Mission

"Promoting knowledge-sharing and best practice in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency with leading universities and the United Nations (UNEP) through professional Training CoursesQualifications, Conferences, Publications, European Projects, Global Partnerships, Membership Programmes and the Internationally Recognised Galileo Master Certificate."

CoursesTraining Courses and Qualifications

The European Energy Centre (EEC) has been running training courses since 1975 and has a wealth of experience in education for the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors.

The professional renewable energy and energy efficiency training courses are organised in collaboration with leading European and International Universities.

Participants benefit from the practical and theoretical knowledge of a range of renewable energy and energy efficiency systems, taught by University professors and leading experts in their field with more than 30 years of theoretical and practical experience.

The EEC Accredited Centre is an Independent Professional Body and trains around 5000 individuals a year in over 300 training courses at 21 universities across Europe.


GMCGalileo Master Certificate (GMC)

The internationally recognised Galileo Master Certificate (GMC) is awarded to successful course participants, as important evidence of the theoretical and practical skills required of professionals and quality technicians in the industry. It provides a clear gateway to a career in the renewable energy sector.

The teaching, which leads to the GMC, is based on the European Project EMTEU (Energy Management Technician in Europe).

Previous participants of our courses include representatives from Mitsubishi, Siemens, British Army, Solar Power Scotland, Nestle, Coca Cola, and NATO amongst others.

The list of some of the participants who have been awarded the GMC can be viewed here https://www.euenergycentre.org/clients-partners


ConferencesInternational Conferences and Summits

The European Energy Centre organises leading Conferences, Summits and Round Tables, with the support of European Governments and in partnership with the United Nations (UNEP) and the intergovernmental IIR, on the latest technologies in renewable energy and energy efficiency across Europe and internationally.

Participants of the Summits include leading researchers, authorities from universities, Members of the European Parliament, European Commission, Greenpeace, Presidents of leading organisations and intergovernmental Institutes such as the IIR, the American ASHRAE, AHARI, the Chinese CAR, the European Partnership for Energy and the Environment and AREA which represents 130,000 professionals working in the sector.

We bring together leading experts and researchers to share knowledge and ideas over a stimulating programme of events and activities.

United Nations UNEP with European Energy Centre EEC - 16th EU Conference: Director interviewed on the importance of education in renewable energy Peter W. Egolf, University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland, interviewed on the importance of the conference


ISIPublications  United Nations (UNEP) - EEC

The EEC works with the United Nations UNEP to produce a series of publications and articles detailing and disseminating the latest technical innovations on renewable energy and energy efficiency to professionals across the world.

The official technical journal of the EEC is Energy Learning – a leading journal launched to run parallel to the International Special Issue (ISI), published in print by the EEC Accredited Centre and the United Nations UNEP.

To access the Energy Learning Journal please visit www.energy-learning.com

European Projects


The European Energy Centre (EEC) has always been at the forefront of innovation in the energy sector. The EEC actively participates and shapes European Projects at the EU level for the benefit of the Community Member States. For more information visit European Projects



Professional MemberProfessional Membership Programmes

Recent research carried out by the European Energy Centre (EEC) showcased the increasing importance for energy professionals to keep up to date with the latest technology, innovation, networking and recognition with the sector.

This gap has been filled by the global Renewable Energy Professional Membership Programme. Visit www.energycpd.co.uk for more details or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Global Partnershipspartners

The EEC has always been a centre for international partnerships with government organisations, universities, research institutes and the industry. The EEC is always keen to expand this network further to disseminate knowledge and education in renewable energy and energy efficiency throughout local communities worldwide.

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For more information regarding our activities, training courses, conferences, qualifications or the latest news and information on Renewable Energy contact us using our contact form.

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Or call the UK secretariat on +44 (0)131 446 9479


Global Climate Change Initiative

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Global Climate Change Initiative

We are excited to release our
USAID Climate Action Review: 2010–2016.

USAID’s mission is to end poverty and advance human prosperity and security. Our climate work safeguards this mission and puts countries on a path to pursue clean energy growth and resilient, low-carbon development.

Countries around the world are feeling the effects of climate change, from more intense heat waves, droughts, floods and storms to slower-moving changes like ocean acidification.

USAID is sharing world-class climate knowledge, data and tools to ensure countries can predict, prepare for and adapt to change. USAID also helps countries lay the foundations for sustainable growth powered by clean energy and healthy landscapes.

Our Climate Action Plan

President Obama’s Climate Action Plan is preparing America to address climate change and mobilizing all countries to act together to ensure a clean, stable environment for future generations.

USAID’s Global Climate Change and Development Strategy sets out principles, priorities and objectives for USAID's climate work through 2016.

Our Climate Programs

USAID plays a key role in global climate action. Reaching about 50 countries with climate and clean energy knowledge, data and tools, USAID helps ensure all countries have the support they need to act on climate.

  • Low Emission Development support reaches 26 countries, from Colombia to Philippines, all taking concrete steps to pursue low-carbon growth.
  • Adaptation support reaches more than 30 countries, from Bangladesh to Zambia.
  • Clean Energy support reaches more than a dozen countries, from India to South Africa.
  • Sustainable Landscapes support reaches more than a dozen countries from Colombia to Indonesia.
  • Climate Integration support reaches across USAID to ensure food security, infrastructure, disaster preparedness and other programs can access climate knowledge, data, tools and good practice.

Our Partners

U.S. Department of State

U.S. State Department partners with USAID to support Low Emission Development in 26 countries and leads the U.S. in global climate talks.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

NREL, the U.S. Renewable Energy Lab is a core partner supporting USAID’s clean energy work.

Tropical Forest Alliance 2020

Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 is a global alliance of government, business and civil society partners working to curb tropical deforestation from palm oil, soy, beef, and paper and pulp.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

U.S. Space Agency NASA partners with USAID in the SERVIR program, which helps countries access and use satellite data to predict and prepare for climate risks.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

U.S. Forest Service

USDA & U.S. Forest Service helps USAID to help countries improve forest and landscape management.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency supports USAID in helping countries set up smart and effective programs to measure and curb climate pollution.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

U.S. Weather Service (NOAA) works with USAID to help countries access and use world-class weather and climate information and technology to predict and prepare for changing risks.

Related Sectors of Work

Office of Global Change

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Date: 05/21/2009 Description: Renewable Energy © USG Photo

The Office of Global Change (OES/EGC) works on a broad range of international climate change issues, under the guidance of the Special Envoy for Climate Change. The United States is taking a leading role by advancing an ever-expanding suite of measures at home and abroad. The President’s Climate Action Plan highlights unprecedented efforts by the United States to reduce carbon pollution, promote clean sources of energy that create jobs, protect communities from the impacts of climate change, and work with partners to lead international climate change efforts. The working partnerships the United States has created or strengthened with other major economies has reinforced the importance of results-driven action both internationally and domestically and are achieving measurable impacts now to help countries reduce their long-term greenhouse gas emissions.

To reach the Office of Global Change, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


The Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences (IFEES)

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The Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences (IFEES) is a multi-dimensional organisation. From tentative beginnings in the mid 1980’s we have earned an international reputation as leaders in developing a specifically Islamic approach to environmental protection and natural resource management.

That is, to develop ecological knowledge and promote conservation and sustainable development based on environmental ethics contained in Islamic teachings. Because of the undeveloped nature of this specialism we have engaged in all facets of this work from theory to practice which could be broadly described as educational. The work evolved as we responded to the demands made on us by students at one level, and international agencies such as the World Wide Fund for Nature at another. This process helped us to build our own knowledge base and over the course of time we were able to identify the following streams of work that now keeps us occupied –

  1. The development of a knowledge base and sharing this knowledge by producing educational material.
  2. The development of training programmes based on this knowledge.
  3. Developing projects on the ground based on this knowledge.
  4. The development of networks dedicated to this work.
  5. Sharing this knowledge in seminars, conferences and other public fora.
  6. The dissemination of this work through the use of media, information technology and other available channels.

Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

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IPBES | Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services


Established in 2012, the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is an international organization committed to strengthening the role of science in public decision-making on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

To achieve this, IPBES will:

  • respond to government requests for information on biodiversity and ecosystem services;
  • identify and prioritize key scientific information needed for policymakers;
  • perform regular and timely, scientifically credible, independent, and peer-reviewed assessments of knowledge on biodiversity and ecosystem services on a comprehensive global, regional, and sub-regional scale;
  • support policy formation and implementation by identifying relevant tools and methodologies;
  • identify and create key capacity-building tools to support the use of science in policy.



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In 1966 Alan Chadwick, English gardening master, brought his synthesis of the biodynamic/French intensive method to the US and converted a barren slope at the University of California-Santa Cruz into a flourishing garden. In 1971 the city of Palo Alto, California invited Stephen Kafka, Senior Apprentice at the University’s student garden, to give a four-hour class on the method. Ecology Action had been started that year and had developed a recycling program that was so successful it had been taken over by the city.

Members of Ecology Action were excited about the class and wanted to make the information more readily available to the public. In January 1972 the Board of Directors approved a Biointensive research and education project whose purposes would be to teach regular classes, collect data, make land available for gardening and publish information on the method’s techniques. John Jeavons became the project’s director. The Common Ground Organic Garden Supply and Education Center in Palo Alto was also started at this time as part of the Ecology Action organization.

After a five-month search for land, the Syntex Corporation offered three and three-quarters acres of their grounds in the Stanford Industrial Park, with all the necessary water. A half acre was kept for the research garden and the rest became a community garden. Alan Chadwick visited the garden site and gave us basic advice on how to proceed. We then attended a series of lectures he gave nearby. In the spring we started teaching our own classes, based on Chadwick’s classes and Stephen Kafka’s.


Santa Fe Institute

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Santa Fe InstituteThe Santa Fe Institute is a private, not-for-profit, independent research and education center founded in 1984, for multidisciplinary collaborations in the physical, biological, computational, and social sciences. Understanding of complex adaptive systems is critical to addressing key environmental, technological, biological, economic, and political challenges.

Renowned scientists and researchers come to Santa Fe Institute from universities, government agencies, research institutes, and private industry to collaborate in attempts to uncover the mechanisms that underlie the deep simplicity present in our complex world.


Centre for Ecology Development and Research (CEDAR)

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Centre for Ecology Development and Research

Centre for Ecology Development and Research     "Sustaining livelihoods through ecosystems management"

Centre for Ecology Development and Research (CEDAR) is a non-profit organization registered under the Societies Act 1860. CEDAR comprises of a group of academics and development professionals, brought together by shared interest in the Himalayas and issues concerning its ecology and sustainable development.

CEDAR aims to bridge the gap between policy makers and development practitioners by bringing rigor of applied research to the wealth of grassroots understanding of development, environment, livelihoods, and rural communities. CEDAR has a registered office in Delhi and the head office is located in Dehradun.


The Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy

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The Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable EnergyFolkecenter is an independent, non-profit institution, managed by a board of 11 members representing the trades, local authorities, energy organisations, sciences and concerned citizens. Folkecenter forms part of international networks including partners in Western, Eastern Europe and in the Developing Countries.

Folkecenter is an ECOSITE; is Danish co-ordinator for EUROSOLAR, the European Association for Renewable Energies and the European Solar Prize; supports the World Council for Renewable Energies, WCRE; IRENA, the initiative of an International Agency for The Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable EnergyRenewable Energy; and EREF, the European Renewable Energy Federation. Is member of InForSe, the International Network for Sustainable Energy; of WWEA, the World Wind Energy Association; and secretariat for the World Wind Energy Institute http://www.wwei.nu/. Folkecenter staff were from 1981 till 2002 members of Danish national committees for Solar Energy; Hydrogen for transportation; Wave Energy; and Photovoltaics. 1995 till 2005 member of the National Rural District Development Committee.  

F a c t s 

Research & development, testing and implementation for innovation within the renewable energies and other environmental technologies, with small and medium size enterprises as special target groups.

Premises & Location:
4.000 square metres of buildings including offices, workshops, exhibitions, training centre, etc. Test stations for wave energy machines and windmills up till 30 KW. Owns 8 hectares of diverse land with rolling hills, close to historical sites from the Bronze Age and the Viking period. From our windows we enjoy scenic views overlooking Skibsted Fjord and western Limfjord.


No Impact Project

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About Us

The No Impact Project is an international, environmental, nonprofit project, founded  in the spring of 2009. It was inspired by the No Impact Man book, film, and blog.


To empower citizens to make choices which better their lives and lower their environmental impact through lifestyle change, community action, and participation in environmental politics.

The No Impact Project was conceived by Colin Beavan, aka No Impact Man, following the success of his blog, book, and film, which chronicle his family’s year-long experiment living a zero-waste lifestyle in New York City. Central to his thesis is the notion that deep-seated individual behavior change leads to both cultural change and political engagement. Living low-impact provides a clear entry point into the environmental movement. This thesis is the bedrock of the No Impact Project.


  • Promote behavioral change
  • Enable the public to experience their own No Impact Experiment
  • Engage people who are not already tree-hugging, bicycle-riding, canvas-bag-toting, eco-warriors

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