Related institutes and research centres

Below a list of main Research Centres, Institutes, Associations and other stakeholders that responded to the checklist’s questions and provided comments and feedback to the GBEP Secretariat to contribute to identify any needs for further improvements.

ADEME (France)

The French Environnement and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) is a public institution under the joint supervision of French Ministries of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Sea (MEEDDM) and for Higher Education and Research. It participates to implement public policies in the environment, energy and sustainable development fields. In order to foster progress in their environmental endeavor, the Agency provides its investigating and advising capabilities to companies, local collectivities, public services and citizen. In addition, it helps finance projects, from research to implementation, in the following fields: waste management, land preservation, energy efficiency and renewable energies, air quality, and noise control.

EMPA (Switzerland)

Empa is an interdisciplinary research and services institution for material sciences and technology development within the ETH Domain. Empa’s research and development activities are oriented to meeting the requirements of industry and the needs of our society, and link together applications-oriented research and the practical implementation of new ideas, science and industry, and science and society. The aim of Empa’s activities is to transform research results and scientific knowledge into marketable innovations.

European Biofuel Technology Platform

Established in 2006, the EBTP brings together the knowledge and expertise of stakeholders from industry, biomass resources providers, research & technology development organisations and NGOs in a public private partnership.
It is managed by a steering committee and supported by a secretariat, the European Commission being an active observer.

IEA Bioenergy Task 38

Task 38 analyses and integrates information on bioenergy, land use, and greenhouse-gas (GHG) mitigation; thereby covering all components that constitute a biomass or bioenergy system, i.e. from biomass production to bioenergy conversion and end use. The ultimate goal is to aid policy and industry decision makers in selecting mitigation strategies that optimise GHG benefits while being practical and cost effective.

IFEU (Institut für Energie-und Umweltforschung  Heidelberg GmbH) (Germany)

IFEU, the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, was founded in 1978 and since then IFEU has established itself as an independent centre of excellence for environmental research. Its expertise covers areas like environmental implications of transport, energy supply and renewable energy sources, life cycle assessment, air pollution control, sustainable development, environmental impact assessment, and environmental management.

National Institute of Agricultural Economics (INEA) (Italy)

INEA is a public research organisation attached to the Ministry of Agricultural Policy. The institute carries out economic studies, surveys, analyses and forecasts for the agro-industrial, forestry and fishery sectors. Recently, INEA has become involved in rural development issues and the management of water resources.

National Institute of Farming Technology of Argentina (INTA)

INTA work mainly focus in territorial analysis to estimate biomass potentials for energy supply in Argentina, assessing potential land availability for different biofuel crops or plantations to be made with ecological, economic and social sustainability criteria.

NL Agency (The Netherlands)

NL Agency is a department of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs that implements government policy for sustainability, innovation, and international business and cooperation. It is the contact point for businesses, (knowledge) institutions and government bodies for information and advice, financing, networking and regulatory matters. NL Agency came about through a merger of EVD, The Netherlands Patent Office (Octrooicentrum Nederland) and SenterNovem. Focussing on sustainability, innovation, international business and cooperation, acting as a contact point for contracting ministries, providing advice on the current state of society.

PRIMAFF (Policy Research Institute Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries) (Japan)

The Policy Research Institute of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (PRIMAFF), was established in April 2001, as the sole national policy research organization engaged in the study and research of the policies related to agriculture, forestry and fisheries, by the reorganization of the former National Research Institute of Agricultural Economics (NRIAE).PRIMAFF, conducts policy-oriented socio-economic studies in order to contribute to the realization of the fundamental ideas of the Basic Law of Food, Agriculture and Rural Areas, namely a secure food supply, the promotion of multifunctionalities of agriculture, the sustainable development of agriculture and the vitalization of rural area. The major research areas of PRIMAFF are studies on food policy, rural development policy, international policy and policy evaluation.

Research Center for Renewable Energies CREAR – University of Florence (Italy)

The Research Center for Renewable Energy (CREAR) of the University of Florence merges into a single body several different Departments of the University (as Energy Engineering, Agriculture, Forestry, Chemistry, Earth Science, etc), thus it is a real multi-disciplinary Institution. CREAR currently coordinates various EU and National funded projects in the field of biofuels and bioenergy, as well as is carrying out research contracts with the biofuel Industry

Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels  (Ecole Politechnique Fédéral de Lausanne)

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) is an international initiative coordinated by the Energy Center at EPFL in Lausanne that brings together farmers, companies, non-governmental organizations, experts, governments, and inter-governmental agencies concerned with ensuring the sustainability of biofuels production and processing. The RSB has developed a third-party certification system for biofuels sustainability standards, encompassing environmental, social and economic principles and criteria through an open, transparent, and multi-stakeholder process.  Participation in the RSB is open to any organization working in a field relevant to biofuels sustainability.

The Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association (People’s Republic of China)

The Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association (CREIA) was established in 2000 with the support of the United Nations Development Programme(UNDP), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the State Economic and Trade Commission(SETC). CREIA brings together national and international project developers and investors; bridges regulatory authorities and the industry; and works to accelerate the development of Chinese renewable energy.

The Institute for International Trade Negotiations (ICONE) (Brazil)

The Institute for International Trade Negotiations (ICONE) was created on 10th of March 2003, in response to the need to supply the government and private sector with studies and applied research in areas of trade and trade policy, relating mainly to agriculture and agribusiness. Among the main research ICONE has conducted are those relating to the agricultural negotiations of the Doha Round at the World Trade Organization (WTO) and dozens of simulations requested by the Brazilian government, which offer technical support to position Brazil in the G-20.
Since 2008, ICONE has been developing research and projects on the dynamics of land-use in Brazil, with emphasis on the modeling of the Brazilian agribusiness performance. Specifically, regarding supply, demand, exports, planted areas, profitability and elaboration of quantitative trade projections. This model was used by ICONE in the ‘Low Carbon Study Project – Brazil’, coordinated by the World Bank with the collaboration of various other organizations.

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

EPA was established in 1970 to consolidate in one agency a variety of federal research, monitoring, standard-setting and enforcement activities to ensure environmental protection. The EPA endeavors to abate and control pollution systematically, by proper integration of a variety of research, monitoring, standard setting, and enforcement activities. As a complement to its other activities, EPA coordinates and supports research and anti-pollution activities by State and local governments, private and public groups, individuals, and educational institutions. The EPA also reinforces efforts among other Federal agencies with respect to the impact of their operations on the environment, and it is specifically charged with making public its written comments on environmental impact statements and with publishing its determinations when those hold that a proposal is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of public health or welfare or environmental quality. In all, EPA is designed to serve as the public's advocate for a livable environment.