Denmark: Danish Energy Agency
The Danish Energy Agency engages nationally and internationally in production, supply and consumption of energy - as well as the efforts to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.
The work of the Danish Energy Agency involves matters relating to energy supply and consumption, as well as Danish efforts to reduce carbon emissions. The Agency is also responsible for Danish building policy and promotes more sustainable building with regard to energy consumption, use of materials and economic issues.
The Agency is responsible for the entire chain of tasks linked to energy production and supply, transportation and consumption, including energy efficiency and savings as well as Danish national CO2 targets and initiatives to limit emissions of greenhouse gasses. The Agency supports building-policy initiatives to increase the productivity and quality of building as well as the operation and maintenance of buildings, with focus on sustainable building. The Agency also collaborates with the building sector to establish a good framework for the industry.
The Danish Energy Agency was established in 1976, and is an agency under the Ministry of Climate, Energy and Building. The Agency employs about 300.
European Commission: EC Joint Research Center
The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) is a department (Directorate-General, DG) of the European Commission providing independent scientific and technological support for EU policy-making. It works closely on the development of EU legislation with the relevant Commission services, such as the Agricultural, Enterprise, Environment, and Health and Consumer Protection DGs. Knowledge comes from specific application- and issue-oriented research within the seven JRC Institutes and close co-operation with over 1000 public and private organizations in 150 networks in Member State and applicant countries. The JRC also liaises with non-EU and global scientific and standard-setting bodies.
As the European Commission's in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre's mission is to provide EU policies with independent, evidence-based scientific and technical support throughout the whole policy cycle. Working in close cooperation with policy Directorates-General, the JRC addresses key societal challenges while stimulating innovation through developing new methods, tools and standards, and sharing its know-how with the Member States, the scientific community and international partners.
Finland: Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (TEKES)
Tekes is the most important publicly funded expert organization for financing research, development and innovation in Finland. We boost wide-ranging innovation activities in research communities, industry and service sectors.
Tekes promotes a broad-based view on innovation: besides funding technological breakthroughs, Tekes emphasizes the significance of service-related, design, business, and social innovations.
Tekes works with the top innovative companies and research units in Finland. Every year, Tekes finances some 1,500 business research and development projects, and almost 600 public research projects at universities, research institutes and universities of applied sciences.
Research, development and innovation funding is targeted to projects that create in the long-term the greatest benefits for the economy and society. Tekes does not derive any financial profit from its activities, nor claim any intellectual proprietary rights.
France: CEA (Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives)
The CEA is the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives). It is a public body established in October 1945 by General de Gaulle. A leader in research, development and innovation, the CEA mission statement has two main objectives: To become the leading technological research organization in Europe and to ensure that the nuclear deterrent remains effective in the future.
The CEA is active in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. In each of these fields, the CEA maintains a cross-disciplinary culture of engineers and researchers, building on the synergies between fundamental and technological research.Homepage: http://www.cea.fr/english-portal/cea
Germany: Institute of Energy and Climate Research, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH Systems Analysis and Technology Evaluation (IEK-STE)
The Institute of Energy and Climate Research – Systems Analysis and Technology Evaluation (IEK-STE) explores and develops strategies for the transformation of energy systems, taking into account technical, economic, ecological and social interdependencies.
IEK-STE investigates and operationalizes social and political principles and objectives in terms of their importance for future energy systems and the associated transformation process. In this context, the institute analyses the effectiveness of instruments for the target-oriented management of energy systems and assesses individual technologies and technical subsystems.
Greece: The Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES)
The Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES) is the Greek national entity for the promotion of renewable energy sources, rational use of energy and energy conservation.
In the modern demanding energy sector CRES is dynamically active, in the frame of the national and Community policy and legislation, for the protection of the environment and sustainable development.
Working in the state of the art of technology development, CRES implements innovative projects and significant activities for the promotion and market penetration of new energy technologies.
Israel: The Ministry of National Infrastructures, Energy and Water Resources
The Ministry of Energy and Water Resources is responsible for the energy economies and national resources of the State of Israel: electricity, fuel, cooking gas, natural gas, energy conservation, water, sewer mains, oil exploration, ores, scientific research of soil and the sea and more.
The Ministry supervises the public and private entities involved in these fields and acts to ensure an adequate solution to the changing energy and infrastructure needs of the national economy, today and in the future, while regulating the market and protecting the consumer and the environment.
Italy: ENEA IDROCOMB Casaccia Research Center
The Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development is an Italian Government sponsored research and development agency. The agency undertakes research in areas which will help to develop and enhance Italian competitiveness and employment, while protecting the environment.
The Casaccia Research Center is the largest complex of laboratories and plants in the ENEA. Established as a multidisciplinary center to support a complex program (the Italian program of research and development in the field of peaceful use of nuclear energy), the center has retained over the years – with various reform laws of ENEA – its characteristic center of research, development, deployment, and transfer of innovative technologies.
Summary Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ENEA_(Italy)
Homepage (ENEA): http://www.enea.it/en/home?set_language=en&cl=en
Homepage (Casaccia Research Center): http://www.enea.it/it/centro-ricerche-casaccia/
Japan: New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)
Following the two oil crises of the 1970s, the need for energy diversification increased. Against this backdrop, NEDO was established as a semi-governmental organization in 1980 to promote the development and introduction of new energy technologies. Since its establishment, NEDO has undertaken technology development, demonstration projects and system improvement with the aim of improving Japan’s global competitiveness and addressing social issues in an integrated manner.
Korea: Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE)
Throughout its history, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) has taken on expanded roles and responsibilities, helping to transform South Korea into a dynamic economic powerhouse.
The ministry was established at the birth of the Republic of Korea in 1948 as the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) with the mission to coordinate the nation’s industries.
In 1993, MTI was merged with the Ministry of Energy and Resources, an agency launched in 1977 to ensure stable energy supply, to create the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE).
The ministry was reorganized in 1998 as the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy (MOCIE) after the new Kim Dae-jung administration transferred its role in trade policy to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
In 2008, the Lee Myung-bak administration launched the Ministry of Knowledge Economy (MKE), integrating key parts of the former Ministries of Commerce, Industry and Energy; Information and Communication; and Science and Technology. MKE helped the nation become a knowledge-based economy by fostering traditional industrial strengths while developing new growth engines.
After taking office in 2013, President Park Geun-hye restored MKE’s trade policy role, renaming it the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE). Now better equipped to deal with the challenges of the 21st century, MOTIE is committed to providing a foundation for economic growth by combining a wide range of responsibilities in the areas of commerce, investment, industry and energy.
Lithuania: Lithuanian Energy Institute
The Lithuanian Energy Institute aims to provide highly qualified expertise on the issues of engineering, hydrology, metrology, nuclear safety, environmental protection and economy with regards to Lithuania. Their strategic objectives involve performing fundamental and applied research in the fields of thermal physics, hydrology, metrology, safety and reliability of energy objects, materials engineering, hydrodynamics, and process management; and they help to prepare the Lithuanian energy sector in planning conceptual and methodological policies.
New Zealand: Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) plays a central role in shaping and delivering a strong New Zealand economy.
MBIE develops and delivers policy, services, advice and regulation to support business growth and the prosperity and wellbeing of all New Zealanders.
MBIE integrates the functions of four former agencies – the Department of Building and Housing, the Ministry of Economic Development, the Department of Labour and the Ministry of Science and Innovation.
Norway: The Research Council of Norway
The Research Council of Norway (Norwegian
: Norges forskningsråd) is a Norwegian government agency
responsible for awarding grants for research
as well as promoting research and science
. It also advises the Government in matters related to research, and is subordinate the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research
. The council's total budget in 2009 amounted to NOK 6,165 million.
Spain: National Institute for Aerospace Technology (INTA)
INTA is the Public Research Organization specialized in aerospace research and technology development. Among its main functions are:
The acquisition, maintenance and continuous improvement of all those technologies that can be applied to the aerospace field; performing all types of tests to check, approve and certify materials, components equipment items, subsystems and systems that have an aerospace application; providing technical assessment and services to official bodies and agencies, and also to industrial or technological companies; and acting as a technological centre for the Ministry of Defence
Sweden: Swedish Energy Agency
The Swedish Energy Agency works for the use of renewable energy, improved technologies, a smarter end-use of energy, and mitigation of climate change. Their mission is to promote the development of Sweden’s energy system so that it will become ecologically and economically sustainable. This means that energy must be available at competitive prices and that energy generation must make the least possible impact on people and the environment. In simple words, a smarter use of energy.
Switzerland: Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE)
The Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) is the country's competence centre for issues relating to energy supply and energy use at the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC).
The SFOE creates the prerequisites for a sufficient, crisis-proof, broad-based, economic and sustainable energy supply; ensures the maintenance of high safety standards in the production, transport and utilization of energy; creates the necessary conditions for efficient electricity and gas markets and an adapted infrastructure; actively promotes efficient energy use, an increase in the share of renewable energy and a reduction in CO2 emissions; promotes and coordinates national energy research and supports the development of new markets for sustainable energy use and supply.
The Netherlands: Netherlands Enterprise Agency
Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) encourages entrepreneurs in sustainable, agrarian, innovative and international business. It helps with grants, finding business partners, know-how and compliance with laws and regulations.
The aim is to improve opportunities for entrepreneurs and strengthen their position. The Agency works at the instigation of ministries and the European Union.
Netherlands Enterprise Agency is part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs. The organisation has been in existence since 2014 and is the result of a merger between NL Agency and the Dienst Regelingen. Some activities of the Commodities Boards are also included.
Netherlands Enterprise Agency focuses on providing services to entrepreneurs. It aims to make it easier to do business using smart organisation and digital communication. The Agency works in The Netherlands and abroad with governments, knowledge centres, international organisations and countless other partners.
United Kingdom: Department of Energy & Climate Change
The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) works to make sure the UK has secure, clean, affordable energy supplies and promote international action to mitigate climate change. They are responsible for energy security, action on climate change, renewable energy, affordability, fairness, and supporting growth with respect to energy within the UK as well as managing the UK’s energy legacy safely, securely and cost effectively.