How we work

Working together with Collaborating Centres

UNEP DTU Partnership 

UNEP DTU Partnership is a leading international research and advisory institution on energy, climate and sustainable development. It has been a long standing partner of UNEP’s Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE) and it is an active participant in both the planning and implementation of UNEP’s Climate Change Strategy and Energy Programme.

UNEP DTU Partnership comprises two Centres: Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development, and the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency. It is located at the UN City in Copenhagen, Denmark and is organisationally a part of the Department of Management Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark."

The Frankfurt School UNEP Collaborating Centre (UNEP FS)

With more than 20 international energy finance experts, UNEP FS serves as the hub for climate and sustainable energy finance. The Centre combines in-depth knowledge of financing markets, particularly in developing countries, with extensive skills for the design of appropriate financial mechanisms and contractual arrangements for financiers under local conditions.

Global Efficient Lighting Centre (GELC)

UNEP and the National Lighting Test Centre of China launched GELC in 2012. GELC assists developing and emerging countries in the establishment or strengthening of national and regional lighting testing laboratories. Projects undertaken by GELC include lamp quality testing conducted with countries participating in UNEP's en.lighten initiative.

Delivering Results

Our projects and initiatives form a connected, strategic approach aimed at strengthening the ability of countries to move towards climate-resilient and low emission pathways.

Our projects are designed to:

  • develop climate technology partnerships and multi- stakeholder networks that stimulate encourage development and transfer of environmentally sound technologies,
  • provide technical support to countries and partners that allows them to plan and implement sectoral initiatives and to make renewable energy and energy efficient solutions affordable and replicable, and
  • develop tools and approaches that support development of mitigation plans, policies, measures, and low emissions development strategies.

Supporting Global Initiatives

We contribute to key UN Processes such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), climate change negotiations conducted under the UNFCCC and the Sustainable Energy for All initiative.

UNEP is supporting SE4All both at the political and technical levels. The UNEP Executive Director UNEP is a member of the SE4ALL Advisory Board, and co-chairs the SE4ALL Energy Efficiency Sub-Committee.

UNEP has committed to partner in the following SE4All High Impact Opportunities:

  • Sustainable Energy Investment (partner), with its Renewable Energy Performance Platform.
  • Energy/Women/Health (partner), with work under the Climate and Clean Air Coalition.

In 2013, through a partnership of UNEP, the Government of Denmark and the Danish Technical University, the SE4ALL Energy Efficiency Hub - known as the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency - was established. The Centre will also act as the secretariat of the Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform, which regroups all of the SE4ALL Energy Effciency Accelerators.

UNEP has also committed to co-lead or partner in the following SE4All Energy Efficiency Accelerators: