e5 Partner and Member Associations


e5 partner associations

United States Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE)
The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) is an organisation dedicated to implementing market-based approaches to reducing pollution and providing a diverse, secure mix of energy resources. Based in Washington, DC, the BCSE represents the broad portfolio of existing clean energy business sectors, including renewable energy, supply-side and demand-side energy efficiency, natural gas, and electric utilities in North America. The coalition is comprised of the suite of currently available technology options for strengthening domestic energy security while also reducing emissions of greenhouse gases that contribute to global climate change. These technologies include: advanced batteries, biomass, biogas, fuel cells, geothermal, hydropower (including conventional and new waterpower resources such as ocean, tidal and in stream hydrokinetic), solar (including solar energy equipment such as solar hot water heating and solar light pipe technology), wind, natural gas, and supply-side and demand-side energy efficiency. For over fifteen years the Council has represented the views of clean energy technology industries in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change process.

United Kingdom Business Council Sustainable Energy (UKBCSE)
The UKBCSE brings together the key players in the energy sector in order to develop an effective dialogue with Government and other stakeholders that can help strengthen the UK’s strategic agenda for sustainable energy. The UKBCSE is a non-profit organisation based in London. It was formally launched in January 2002 in the lead in to the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, and was set up at the suggestion of Government and leading NGOs to create a framework for high level policy engagement across the energy sector on climate change, sustainable development and the transition to the wider use of sustainable energy.
In Spring 2012 the UKBCSE has officially merged with the Energy Retail Association (ERA) and the Association of Electricity Producers (AEP) to become ‚Energy UK‘. Energy UK is not part of the international alliance of the councils for sustainable energy.

Australian Clean Energy Council (CEC)
The CEC is a membership based industry association representing the clean energy and energy efficiency sectors. It has more than 550 member companies involved in the development or deployment of clean energy and energy efficiency technologies including wind, hydro, marine energy, solar photovoltaic and thermal, bioenergy, solar hot water, geothermal and cogeneration.

International Council for Sustainable Energy (ICSE)
The International Council for Sustainable Energy (ICSE) was established in December 2007 as an alliance of the European, United Kingdom and United States Business Councils for Sustainable Energy and the Australian Clean Energy Council.Together they represent more than 500 companies with a commercial interest in the expansion of global sustainable energy and energy efficiency markets. These companies are active in investing substantial capital to meet the intersecting challenges of climate change, energy security and ensuring adequate warmth for vulnerable groups. Through a range of activities, the ICSE seeks to influence international negotiations on sustainable energy and climate change issues. In addition, individual Council’s have active programmes of engagement at a domestic scale.

e5 scientific advisors

Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy
The Wuppertal Institute undertakes research and develops models, strategies and instruments for transitions to a sustainable development at local, national and international level. Sustainability research at the Wuppertal Institute focuses on the resources, climate and energy related challenges and their relation to economy and society. Special emphasis is put on analysing and stimulating innovations that decouple economic growth and wealth from natural resource use.

Global Climate Forum (GCF)
The Global Climate Forum initiates and performs high-class research on climate change in close interaction with stakeholders. Scientific Founding Members of the GCF are for example the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (Hamburg), the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research (UK), the Fondazione ENI Enrico Mattei (Milano), the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre (Bergen), the Paul Scherrer Institut (ETH Zürich) and the International Research Center on Environment and Development (Paris). The core activity of the Forum is to define and carry out joint studies; these shall provide arguments for long-term climate mitigation and adaptation policies leading ultimately towards a sustainable development path. The GCF provides a pluralistic communication platform in the emerging global field of governments, local authorities, businesses, and social movements.

Ludwig Bölkow Systemtechnik (LBST)
At the 1995 Climate Summit in Berlin, the aeronautical industrialist Ludwig Bölkow (from Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm GmbH (MBB)) and the LBST were founding members of E 5, the European Business Council for a Sustainable Energy Future. The LBST is an expert consultant for energy and environment, supporting international clients from industry, finance, politics, and non-governmental organisations in strategy, technology, and sustainability. Particular expertise exists in energy (renewables, energy storage, hydrogen and fuel cells) and mobility (fuels and drives, infrastructure, mobility concepts). The key common denominators of all activities are three decades of continuous experienceis and the rigorous system approach.

e5 member associations

Germanwatch is an independent development and environmental organisation which lobbies for sustainable global development. The organisation observes, analyses and acts in the fields of World Trade and Food Security, Climate Protection and Adaptation, Corporate Accountability, the Financial Sector and Sustainability as well as the Financing of Development Cooperation. In doing so, it focuses on the politics and economics of the North with their worldwide consequences and actively promotes North-South equity and the preservation of livelihoods.

Corporate Responsibility Interface Center (CRIC)
CRIC is the biggest investor association for the promotion of ethical investments in the German-speaking world. The association aims at creating a strong foundation for ecological and social-cultural aspects in business. This is accomplished by raising awareness for ethical investments in society and economy and the representation of interests of its members. CRIC sees itself both as information platform and competence centre, while focusing on scientific evaluation.

Global Conservation Standard (GCS)
The Global Conservation Standard (GCS) is a designed to make conservation pay for landowners and the local populations worldwide based on the stock volume of measurable ecosystem services benefits through the issuance and sale of Conservation Credit Units (CCUs). Through the sale, money is channeled to the legal-land use holder and the Stakeholder Foundation that has the mandate to invest in the empowerment of sustainable local livelihoods, thus creating a „core conservation area“ and „commercial buffer zone“. The GCS vision is to provide the highest level of environmental stewardship through conservation, social responsibility, sustainable use, education, honesty and sobriety.

World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF)
WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world’s biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption. WWF focuses its work around the magnificent diversity of life on this planet, the extraordinary places they live in. All the while trying to reduce humanity’s impact on this life and in these places. In carrying out its work, WWF cooperates with many partners, including UN organizations, IUCN, and development agencies such as USAID and the World Bank. WWF also works with business & industry partners.

European Insulation Manufacturers Association (EURIMA)
Eurima is the European Insulation Manufacturers Association and represents the interests of all major mineral wool producers throughout Europe. It’s members manufacture a wide range of mineral wool products for the thermal and acoustic insulation and fire protection of domestic and commercial buildings and industrial facilities. Eurima was established in 1959 to promote improved standards and regulations for the use of insulation materials. More recently, it has developed to reflect the growing environmental concerns of society.

Global Center for Efficiency of Resources and Materials (GCERM)
GCERM Foundations mission is creation of awareness that material efficiency and energy efficiency are directly linked and value-equivalent, which needs to be fostered by adequate mechanisms. Defining such mechanisms and development of intelligence in the efficient combination of materials, their production processes and fitting energy sources for material production leads overall to much less energy consumption, which is the final alternative to stop climate change. GCERM therefore is advancing research and development of “Clean Material Systems” and related “Clean Production Processes” as well as fitting “Clean Energy Resources“ in order to minimize industrial energy need. Activities of GCERM includes the management of related property rights and technology transfer to developing countries, where endless resources of natural building and construction materials as well as clean energy are available.

International Network for Environmental Management e.V. (INEM)
The International Network for Environmental Management e.V. (INEM), founded in 1991, is the world federation of non-profit national business associations for environmental management with about 30 member associations and cleaner production centres in 25 countries. INEM’s goals are to increase the number of environmentally managed companies; assist in particular small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in implementing environmental management; improve the quality of environmental management; and transfer environmental management know-how from business and industry to other sectors of society. In addition, INEM strives to help develop a macro-economic framework that favours environmentally managed companies.

European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF)
The European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) is the voice of the solar thermal industry, actively promoting the use of solar thermal technology for renewable heating and cooling in Europe. ESTIF’s mission is to achieve high priority and acceptance for solar thermal as a key element for sustainable heating and cooling in Europe and, with immediate effect, to work for the implementation of all necessary steps to realise the high potential of solar thermal. With around 80 members from 17 European countries, ESTIF represents the entire value chain.

European association for building services engineering (KNX-Association)
Climate change and ever-depleting resources mean that efficient energy use is a key social issue. As they account for 40% of total energy consumption, buildings represent considerable energy saving potential. KNX meets the requirements of the top Energy Performance Class for building automation meaning it is ideally suited to fulfilling the tighter energy consumption requirements for buildings. Through intelligent control of building system technology with KNX, the energy consumption of a building can be halved. In May 1999 members of the EIBA (European Installation Bus Association), the EHSA (European Home Systems Association) and the BCI (BatiBUS Club International) founded the KNX Association to develop and promote the KNX standard for the control of applications in industrial, commercial and residential buildings worldwide.

Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER)
The Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) is the leading European railway association. It was founded in 1988 with twelve members and now brings together more than 80 railway undertakings, infrastructure companies and vehicle leasing companies, including long-established bodies, new entrants and both private and public-sector organisations.

German Hydrogen Association (DWV)
The German Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (DWV) promotes and prepares the general introduction of hydrogen as an energy carrier in the economy. It supports research and development to contribute to a solution of the future energy problems and the protection of the foundations of our existence. DWV is a legal entity and a recognized non-profit organization. It brings experts, companies and research institutes together to let them exchange their experience, contributes to the dissemination of the results and promotes the public interest for the matter. It is therefore a „lobby“ for the energy carrier of the future.

German Geothermische Vereinigung (geothermal association)
Since 1991 the GtV-Bundesverband Geothermie e.V. (german geothermal association) represents over 900 members from industry, science, planning and the energy supply sector. It campaigns for the entire spectrum of geothermal technologies.


European association for heat and power cogeneration (Cogen Europe)
Cogeneration or Combined Heat and Power (CHP) is the most efficient way to deliver heating, cooling and electricity. COGEN Europe is promoting the widespread development of cogeneration in Europe and world-wide. To achieve this goal, COGEN Europe is working at the EU level and with Member States to develop sustainable energy policies and remove unnecessary barriers to its implementation.

OroVerde – Die Tropenwaldstiftung
OroVerde („Green Gold„) was founded in 1989 by renowned personalities from industry and science. Working on the preservation of tropical forests. For this purpose, international projects are initiated, supported and realized in cooperation with local partner organisations. The work is organized and coordinated by a small interdisciplinary managment team in the Bonn. In Germany, the focus lies on environmental education and information on tropical forests and on promoting the exchange of information between conservation organizations, industry, science and politics.

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