Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a German federal enterprise that provides services worldwide in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment, energy and the environment, and peace and security. The diverse expertise of the GIZ is in demand around the globe, with the German Government, European Union institutions, the United Nations and governments of other countries all benefiting from its services. Most of GIZ’s work is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), but GIZ also works closely with the private sector, fostering successful interaction between development policy and foreign trade. In 2014, GIZ’s business volume exceeded two billion euros. Almost 70% of the workforce of more than 16,000 people is national personnel working in over 130 countries.

Currently GIZ implements and coordinates around 80 sustainable energy projects worldwide, among others also numerous EU-funded cooperation programmes focussing in particular on the market uptake of bioenergy value chains, energy efficiency in buildings, local energy planning and biomass supply chains.


WIP Renewable Energies

WIP Renewable Energies is a private company founded in 1968. The multi-disciplinary, international staff team of WIP involves more than 30 employees. WIP has been active in the fields of renewable energy technologies (biomass, solar, PV, wind, hydro, efficiency) for over four decades, providing a range of technical expert and non-technical services to both industrial and public sector clients at the international level. WIP’s mission is to bridge the gap between research and implementation of renewable energy systems.

WIP’s key business is the organisation of small- to large-scale international renewable energy events, as well as the management of international research, demonstration and market support projects for renewable energies. WIP offers project development, project management, technical and non-technical supervision and realisation of projects, which involve the co-ordination of international consortia. For more than 20 years, WIP has been the organizer of the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PV SEC; www.photovoltaic-conference.com), the world’s largest annual event dedicated to PV research, technologies and industries. WIP is also co-organizer of the annual series of the European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EU BC&E; www.conference-biomass.com).

WIP is member of the European Biomass, Photovoltaic and Wind Energy Associations, EUBIA, EPIA and EWEA, as well as founding member of EUREC, the European Association of Renewable Energy Research Centres. It is furthermore member of the European Technology platforms: European Technology Platform on Renewable Heating & Cooling (RHC-Platform), European Biofuels Technology Platform, and the European Photovoltaic Technology Platform.


Klimaschutz- und Energieagentur Baden-Württemberg (KEA)

KEA Klimaschutz- und Energieagentur Baden-Württemberg GmbH (KEA Climate Protection and Energy Agency of Baden-Württemberg GmbH) was founded in 1994 as energy agency of the state of Baden-Württemberg. Majority shareholder is the state of Baden-Württemberg. KEA´s responsibility is an active contribution in the climate policy of Baden-Württemberg: KEA supports the state government in pushing energy savings, efficient use of energy as well as the use of renewable energies. KEA is an independent, impartial organization dedicated to climate protection. KEA’s staff has years of experience in a wide range of projects.
Rüdiger Lohse is Head of KEA´s Energy Service Development section, and is responsible for the development and turn- key application of energy service projects. Also he accounts for KEA´s ongoing international research projects focusing on performance aligned technical and business models.
Konstanze Stein has been with KEA for many years and operates in the context of contracting. Furthermore she is closely involved in several EU projects.


Austrian Energy Agency (AEA)

The Austrian Energy Agency is the national centre of excellence for energy. New technologies, renewable energy, and energy efficiency are the focal points of our scientific activities. The objectives of our work for the public and the private sector are the sustainable production and use of energy and energy supply security. We are an independent think tank that manages knowledge, provides the basis for well-founded decision making, and develops suggestions for the implementation of energy-related measures and projects. Energy has become an essential part of human existence. Energy supply is a topic of economic, social and political relevance that touches on the conflicts arising from scarcity of resources, rising prices, environmental damage, and the demands of modern societies. Questions of securing energy supply for the future, sustainability of resources, and the efficient and prudent use of energy are at the core of our research and consulting activities.

The Austrian Energy Agency prepares the ground for decisions in politics, public administration and the industry with detailed research and by highlighting important dependencies and connections between topics. It also provides information for all target groups in our society on the backgrounds and developments in the field of energy production and use. We advise decision-makers in politics, science, and the industry on the basis of our mainly scientific work. We prepare political, energy and economic expert opinions, economic feasibility analyses, social analyses, feasibility studies, and evaluations.


The North-West Croatia Regional Energy Agency (REGEA)

The North-West Croatia Regional Energy Agency (REGEA) has been established as a non-profit institution by Zagreb County, Karlovac County, Krapina-Zagorje County and City of Zagreb under the framework of the Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) programme. The main objectives and the role of REGEA are to promote and encourage the regional sustainable development in the fields of energy and environmental protection through the utilization of renewable energy sources (RES) and the implementation of energy efficiency measures. Furthermore, the scope of work includes: Promotion and implementation of “best practices” and “case-studies” in regional energy management; Public awareness activities in the fields of energy and environmental protection; Up-to-date information and advices regarding regional energy issues; Advisory support for the implementation of regional energy plans and programs REGEA has coordinated numerous projects focusing on woody biomass (especially from forestry and wood processing industry) energy utilization, both national and international, and has experience in implementing projects which cover the whole biomass supply chain.


International Centre for Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems – Macedonian section (SDEWES – Skopje)

Macedonian section of the SDEWES Centre (SDEWES-Skopje) gathers professionals and scientists from broad range of disciplines of sustainable development of energy, water and environment systems in order to provide scientific support for wise policy-making in the following challenging topics:

  • Climate Change (GHG emissions inventories and projections, mitigation, reduction/limitation targets)
  • Energy (planning, policies, targets)
  • Sustainable development (planning, cross-cutting, metrics and indices, potentials, models, costs and benefits)
  • Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS)
  • Green economy and better governance.

These topics will be addressed through carefully planned and well-balanced portfolio of activities, including:

  • Modelling work and integrated assessments in order to provide solid base for well-informed and needs-reflective policy-making
  • Capacity building/ trainings and organization of conferences and targeted workshops in order to afford skilful analysts and modellers and knowledgeable politicians
  • Support to stakeholders’ engagement and social marketing in order to facilitate participatory approach in decision-making and behavioural changes of the population.

In addition, acknowledging that regional coordination is the key for providing feasible solutions of the common challenges and problems and gaining synergy effects, the activities of SDEWES-Skopje could be extended at regional level including the other EU candidate and potential candidate countries, as well as EU neighbourhood countries.


Green Energy Association

The Green Energy Innovative Biomass Cluster was founded in 2011 with the mission to become a structure capable of managing all of the aspects related to solid biomass, to ensure the necessary framework for the cooperation between cluster members and to establish regional, national and international cooperations. The aim of the cluster is to promote biomass as a sustainable energy and synchronize the production and use of the solid biomass.
The Cluster groups business operators from the field of the biomass, representatives of the research area (universities, research institutions), representatives of public authorities and other catalyst organizations.
In 2013, the cluster management has been awarded with the Silver Label of the European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis.


Slovenian forestry institute (SFI)

The Slovenian Forestry Institute (SFI) is the main national forest research institute in the field of basic and applied forest research, forest landscape, forest ecosystems, forest health, forestry, wildlife and hunting in Slovenia, which wholesomely target forests biodiversity and their management under changing climate conditions. It was founded by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia. Research and development activities at SFI are carried out in the frame of national and international project, the Research Programme Forest Biology, Ecology and Technology, and trough activities in the frame of Public forest service. SFI has strong connection to different target groups and end users of our research results (research community, forestry industry, wood processing industries, forest owners associations, NGO and others).
Department of Forest Techniques and Economics follows the development of modern forest techniques and efficient technologies appropriate for our geographical and socio-economical conditions. Important activities are: creation of modern technological maps, evaluation and standards setting for particular phases of technological processes, economical evaluation of forest functions, effective use of wood biomass for energy, monitoring of tree and soil damages caused by felling and skidding, wood flow analysis and roundwood balances.
Department of Forest Techniques and Economics has been involved in R&D projects, dealing with the evaluation of the biomass and energy potential of Slovenian forests and with other wood biomass potentials for more than 20 years. Our main focus is mobilisation of wood from private forests with economical and environmental friendly technologies.


Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities (SCTM)

The Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities (SCTM) is a national association of local authorities in Serbia established in Belgrade in April 1953. SCTM is a voluntary union of towns and municipalities aiming at developing and improving local self-government, networking and cooperation among towns and municipalities in order to act in common interest and establishing the cooperation at the local and international level. The basic role of SCTM is to join the interests and provide services to all its members, as well as to represent them in front of governmental bodies. To reach its aims, SCTM participates in drafting the laws, proposing the regulations and national strategies relevant for local self-government, organizes public debates and provides expert opinion or suggestion for amending and changing the existing legislation, regulations and strategies. SCTM has been involved in local self-government capacity building, introduction of the EU practices into the work of local authorities, modernization of communal services, reform of the public financing system, enhancing citizens’ participation, environment protection, improvement of ethnic equality at the local level, ethical code of conduct for local officials, establishment of international cooperation and many other activities which support development of local communities and their alignment with the European standards. In order to achieve the aims within the aforementioned activities SCTM implements the programmes and projects, organizes conferences, round tables, public debates and working bodies which are engaged in tackling specific issues. Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities provides advisory and professional support in formulation and implementation of strategic goals and projects of local self-government, provides necessary training and supports its members in gaining access to the donors’ funding.