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Governmental & Non-Governmental Activities in Other Countries

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ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability was founded in 1990 by local governments at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. ICLEI is a democratically governed membership association of cities, towns, counties, metropolitan governments, and local government associations. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, ICLEI's mission is to build and serve a worldwide movement of local governments to achieve tangible improvements in global sustainability with special focus on environmental conditions through cumulative local actions.

The UNEP Collaborating Centre on Energy and Environment supports the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) in pursuing its aim of incorporating environmental aspects into energy planning and policy world-wide, with special emphasis on developing countries.

Organizations in Other Countries

We work with energy, and more: AKF investigates problems that are of interest to the public sector and its users; in particular, problems that are relevant for Danish local governments. Areas of research include: the relationship between public services and institutions and the welfare of individuals, the public utilization of resources, and the organization and effectiveness of government and administration.

Comprehensive site detailing governmental programs designed to improve the energy efficiency of appliances, equipment and buildings in Australia. Includes up to date information and reports.

The Austrian Energy Agency (Energieverwertungsagentur, or E.V.A. for short) is the Austrian energy research and policy institution in which the federal and the provincial administration and some thirty important institutions and corporations from a variety of economic sectors cooperate in an effort to attain its energy policy objectives, which aim mainly at a macro-economically efficient production and a rational use of energy, at a stimulation of renewable energy sources and of innovative technologies. E.V.A. acts, for all of its members, as a clearing house and a coordination platform for all associated national and international activities.

The Innovation Centre for Highrise is a specialized unit of CMHC (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the federal housing agency). Working with industry and government, we set the agenda for multi-unit residential construction research in Canada. Through field tests, research and simulation we stay on top of developments in multiple and highrise technologies, making the latest information available.

Energy efficiency saves money, creates jobs, ensures the responsible use of our natural resources and helps protect our environment. On this site, you will find helpful tools and information to increase the energy efficiency of homes, vehicles, businesses, institutions and government.

EnerGuide is a program of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) in partnership with electric utilities. In addition to helping consumers identify the most energy-efficient products available on the market today, EnerGuide works with manufacturers and retailers to help them use energy efficiency to promote and sell energy-saving, environmentally responsible products.

On this website you can learn about the science, impacts and adaptation to climate change and how you can take action by reducing your greenhouse gas emissions. Take action on climate change, take the One-Tonne Challenge!

BC Hydro delivers the clean energy required to meet British Columbia's growing demand for electricity while fostering job creation throughout the province and helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Center for Energy Efficiency EnEffect is a non-profit NGO, whose activities are aimed at energy efficiency improvement. EnEffect acts as the Secretariat of the Municipal Energy Efficiency Network EcoEnergy, which comprises 68% of the population of Bulgaria, as well as Secretariat of the Regional Network for Efficient Use of Energy and Water Resources (RENEUER), comprising eight countries from the region of Southeast Europe.

CADDET is an international information source that helps managers, engineers, architects and researchers find out about renewable energy and energy-saving technologies that have worked in other countries. Along with its sister program, GREENTIE, CADDET ceased collecting new information at the end of March 2005. Nevertheless, the information will remain available through this web site's search facilities as it represents one of the World's most detailed repositories of such information.

The Danish Energy Authority carries out tasks, nationally and internationally, in relation to the production, supply and consumption of energy. An important feature of Danish energy policy is to ensure that energy is used efficiently. Companies, households and the public sector can reduce their costs considerably by saving on energy consumption. Read more on these pages about how Danish energy-saving policy is put into practice in concrete terms in Denmark.

Ecolinks is a dynamic initiative of the US Agency for International Development seeking practical, market-based solutions to industrial and urban environmental problems in Central and Eastern Europe and the New Independent States. The program promotes partnerships linking regional businesses, local governments, and associations with US counterparts. These partnerships will help organizations identify and remedy environmental problems, adopt best practices, and increase trade and investment in environmental goods and services.

ERG is based in the School of Architecture in the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, of University College Dublin. Since 1975, ERG has undertaken research, development, consultancy, education and dissemination activities on energy utilization in buildings and climate-sensitive architectural design. For more than a decade the Group's activities have had a strongly European dimension. Currently the Group is working with the European Commission as well as with Irish public and private agencies and firms. The Group has particular interests in the processes of innovation and technical change in the construction industry, and the provision of technical support to designers. Research tasks have included devising new ways to promote the transfer of information from the solar research community to the building design and construction professions throughout Europe, and assisting the introduction of energy-conscious architecture into the mainstream of architectural design, as well as developing a number of new tools and techniques in support of building designers and constructors, and third level teachers.

Europe's Energy Portal publishes the latest information from the Directorate General for Energy together with European energy headlines and data/statistics on energy from a European perspective.

The Directorate-General for Energy is responsible for developing and implementing a European energy policy. Through the development and implementation of innovative policies, the Directorate-General aims at: Fostering sustainable energy production, energy transport and consumption; Providing European citizens and businesses with competitive and technologically advanced energy services; Creating the necessary framework for continuous and secure energy supply for the benefit of consumers and businesses in the European Union at affordable and competitive prices, including through international relations.

A voluntary association of European organizations having a responsibility for the planning, management or review of national research, development, demonstration or dissemination programs in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy.

This initiative has been established to reduce the environmental impact of provincially-funded buildings in British Columbia, and, in the process, foster the growth of BC's environmental industry. It targets both new and existing facilities through two related programs: new buildings and retrofit. British Columbia Buildings Corporation is the implementing agent.

The Institute is a research school of De Montfort University with several research departments committed to improving mankind's sustainability at both local and international level. The Mission of the Institute is to secure sustainable development, by research and education. Core interests are (i) maximizing the supply of renewable energy and (ii) the clean, efficient use of all energy, particularly in the built environment. Institutional frameworks and partnerships that secure sustainable development, both locally and globally, are key factors in the progress of this Mission. The core activities of the IAEEL—issuing the newsletter, maintaining an international contact network on energy-efficient lighting, and organizing the Right Light Conferences, are supported by governmental and semi-governmental organizations.

The Energy Conservation Program in Finland sets targets of 10-15 percent reductions in specific consumption by the year 2005 as compared to 1990 consumption levels. The efficiency targets will be achieved through information and technology.

Units dealing with energy efficiency and indoor air quality are the Institute for Environmental Research and Technology and the Institute for Research in Construction.

The Energy Sector of Natural Resources Canada is the lead on energy policy for the Government of Canada. Its goal is that Canadians benefit economically, environmentally and socially from the secure and sustainable production and use of Canada's energy resources.

SenterNovem provides the management for a large number of national and international programs financed by the Dutch government and the European Union. The main objectives of these programs is to save energy and improve the environment.

The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority or EECA, in essence, works on building a sustainable energy future by changing the way New Zealanders think about and use energy. EECA works to improve energy choices, both by raising the awareness of energy efficiency issues in the community and by providing businesses and individuals with the tools to make changes. EECA designs and develops programs to meet the needs of specific markets, often working in partnership with other organizations.

Energy and Petroleum - Resources and Environment (EP-RM) is one of six Strategic Research Areas at The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. NTNU seeks to strengthen the knowledge base for sustainable production and consumption of energy.

Risoe is a national laboratory under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. It carries out research in science and technology, providing Danish society new opportunities for technological development. The research creates new opportunities for Danish industry. It contributes to the development of environmentally acceptable methods for agricultural and industrial production as well as for the generation of the energy necessary for modern society.

Research towards sustainable development.

SEI is an independent, international research institute specializing in sustainable development and environment issues. It works at local, national, regional and global policy levels. The SEI research programs aim to clarify the requirements, strategies and policies for a transition to sustainability. These goals are linked to the principles advocated in Agenda 21 and the Conventions such as Climate Change, Ozone Layer Protection and Biological Diversity. SEI along with its predecessor, the Beijer Institute, has been engaged in major environment and development issues for a quarter of a century. It seeks to be a leader in the creation of a new field of sustainability science aimed at understanding the fundamental character of interaction between nature and society, and to contribute to the capacities of different societies to build transitions to more sustainable futures.

The Sustainable Energy Authority is a Victorian Government agency established to support and facilitate the development and use of sustainable energy options to achieve environmental and economic benefits for the Victorian community and contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases.

The Energy and Resources Institute is an autonomous, non-profit research institute established in 1974 in India. Conducting both scientific and policy research, its activities are in the fields of energy, environment, biotechnology, forestry and whole range of sustainable development issues. The Energy and Resources Institute also takes a comprehensive view of development, wherein efficient use of natural resources and protection of the environment are seen as essential pre-requisites for economic welfare.

The Pembina Institute's offers sustainable energy solutions through innovative research, education, consulting and advocacy, to help transition from the current reality of inefficient, non-renewable, carbon intensive energy systems, to a sustainable future using low-impact, renewable energy.