The Institute for Energy Economics and the Rational Use of Energy (IER) in the energy faculty of the University of Stuttgart carries out research and teaching in the field of renewable energies, system analysis and technology assessment in energy economics and the rational use of energy. The main objective of the institute is to provide contributions to energy policy decisions and technology assessment with the help of systems engineering approaches developed for energy, economic and environmental analysis. IER has a broad experience in analysing energy-economy-environment linkages and has developed several software systems for energy and environmental planning. The institute with a total staff of 80 persons employs 72 scientists and is divided into five departments.
- System Theory and Modelling,
- Energy Demand Analysis and Rational Use of Energy,
- Energy Economics and System Analysis,
- Energy and Environment,
- New Energy Technologies and Technology Assessment.
Besides activities in the field of establishing emission inventories and evaluating external costs of energy systems, the institute has dedicated an important amount of work into the evaluation of strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions to avoid global warming. Prof. Voß, the director of the institute, was member of the "Enquete Commission of the German Parliament for the Protection of the Earth's Atmosphere".
Energy for Sustainable Development Ltd (ESD) is a consultancy based in the UK specialising in the assessment and implementation of sustainable energy. ESD's mission is to show that the sustainable use of energy is economically viable. ESD was formed in 1989 by a group of energy experts with many years experience in sustainable energy use in developing countries. These experts were all associated with the energy activities of the Intermediate Technology Development Group. The Company has quickly built up an international reputation for its work in Europe and Africa and has an extensive work profile and network. ESD's approach combines private sector involvement with training and community development. Working with governments, businesses, and individuals in developed and developing countries, ESD's approach facilitates the use of energy appropriately and sustainably, taking account of issues such as national, regional and local development, employment generation, cultural integrity, biodiversity and environmental degradation. ESD possesses worldwide experience in all aspects of renewable energy assessment and implementation. ESD offers unique project management experience emphasising the development and transfer of new methods and skills through partnership and training.
ESD, its directors and its associates have considerable experience in Africa, most recently in the Horn of Africa and Eastern Africa. ESD's directors have been working in renewable and household energy in the region since 1979. ESD and its directors have been involved in energy planning, renewable energy, and renewable energy project development and deployment in 22 African countries. They have carried out national, regional and local energy studies, plans and projects in each of these countries for a number of donors, institutions, non-governmental organisations, development banks and private companies over this period.