2015 Institutional Partners

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is the United Nation's global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners.

IRENA seeks to make an impact in the world of renewable energy by maintaining a clear and independent position, providing a range of reliable and well-understood services that complement those already offered by the renewable energy community and gather existing, but scattered, activities around a central hub. The international renewable energy community is large, resourceful, and rapidly evolving. IRENA does not duplicate what others are doing, but seeks out, establishes and develops new synergies, facilitates dialogue, information, and best practice sharing. Cooperation at the global, regional, and national levels, knowledge sharing, enabling policies and enhanced capacity, as well as the encouragement of investment flows and strengthened technology and innovation, are essential elements in the Agency's efforts. IRENA is positioning itself as a platform for all-inclusive cooperation where stakeholders can make a positive contribution to the common goals. This cooperation and partnerships are essential underpinnings of IRENA's work.

In May 2012, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, launched the Dubai Green Economy Partnership (Dubai GEP), the first multi-stakeholder and cross sector partnership to promote green growth in the Middle East. Inspired by the long term national green economy strategy “Green Economy for Sustainable Development,” the partnership will help position Dubai firmly amongst global cities leading the transition to green economy. The programs and initiatives of Dubai GEP aim to enable the growth of green trade and investment and accelerate the adoption of green technologies, products and services across regional and global markets.

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is the largest, most representative business organization in the world. Its global network comprises over 6 million companies, chambers of commerce and business associations in more than 130 countries, with interests spanning every sector of private enterprise. A world network of national committees keeps the ICC International Secretariat in Paris informed about national and regional business priorities. More than 2,000 experts drawn from ICC's member companies feed their knowledge and experience into crafting the ICC stance on specific business issues. The United Nations, the World Trade Organization, the G20 and many other intergovernmental bodies, both international and regional, are kept in touch with the views of international business through ICC.

REEEP invests in clean energy markets in developing countries to reduce CO2 emissions and build prosperity. Based on a strategic portfolio of high impact projects, REEEP works to generate energy access, improve lives and economic opportunities, build sustainable markets, and combat climate change. REEEP understands market change from a practice, policy and financial perspective. We monitor, evaluate and learn from our portfolio to understand opportunities and barriers to success within markets. These insights then influence policy, increase public and private investment, and inform our portfolio strategy to build scale within and replication across markets. REEEP is committed to open access to knowledge to support entrepreneurship, innovation and policy improvements to empower market shifts across the developing world.

State of Green is the official green brand for Denmark, which gathers all leading players in the fields of energy, climate, water and environment and fosters relations with international stakeholders interested in learning from the Danish experience. State of Green is your gateway to learn more about the ambitious Danish plan and the innovative solutions which are essential to make it happen.

Local Governments for Sustainability is the world’s leading association of cities and local governments dedicated to sustainable development. It is a powerful movement of 12 mega-cities, 100 super-cities and urban regions, 450 large cities as well as 450 medium-sized cities and towns in 84 countries. ICLEI promotes local action for global sustainability and supports cities to become sustainable, resilient, resource-efficient, bio-diverse, and low-carbon.

CLEAN is Denmark’s leading green cluster organisation with more than 170 members from the entire cleantech sector. We are a politically and technologically neutral platform where domestic and foreign companies, knowledge institutions and public authorities exchange knowledge and enter intro new partnerships. This happens across industry boundaries as well as across the public and private sectors. We call this a "triple helix" cluster organisation.
We ride on the wave of the green transition to create growth, innovation and increased turnovers in Danish companies. Our members develop and export technologies and integrated solutions in the green industries.

CDP is an international, not-for-profit organization providing the only global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information. CDP works with market forces, including 722 institutional investors with assets of US$87 trillion, to motivate companies to disclose their impacts on the environment and natural resources and take action to reduce them.

The Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE) was established to capture a growing niche market catering specifically to the transition to a low carbon economy and green economy through the consolidation of knowledge. They specialize in the design and incubation of GHG reduction measures, using carbon as the lowest common denominator for all business activities across all industries. Through the pursuit of best practices and international benchmarking, Dubai Carbon facilitates the transfer of knowledge to our clients, stakeholders, partners, shareholders and leaders. This transfer of knowledge is a key part to their mandate, where they adopt the trainer of trainers approach. Dubai Carbon work with numerous entities, on the one hand with the public sector and its stakeholders by advising on the right strategy, and on the other with private entities on how to comply with this or even pre-empt future legislation by reducing their carbon footprint and overall environmental impact.

The Clean Energy Business Council is an association of leading local and international organizations participating in the emerging renewable and low carbon energy sector.

As developers, investors, and governments in the MENA region increasingly focus on sustainable energy solutions, an inclusive forum will help the business and public sector share ideas to promote the renewable and flow Carbon energy sector.

Emirates Wildlife Society (EWS) is a UAE based environmental non-profit organization established under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan: Ruler's Representative in the western region and Chairman of Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi. Since its establishment, Emirates WIldlife Society has been working in association with WWF, one of the world's largest and most respected independent conservation organizations. Since its establishment in 2001, EWS-WWF has started several education, awareness, policy, and science-based conservation initiatives to conserve biodiversity, tackle climate change and reduce the ecological footprint.

The Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA) is a non-profit, non-governmental solar trade organization. Our mission is to create a solar community in which all the stakeholders, from both the public and private sector, can come together and help grow the footprint of solar across the entire Middle East. Our activities and publications aim to expand the awareness and applications of solar energy in the region, to strengthen the local solar industry, and to facilitate business opportunities for our members.

The Emirates Green Building Council (Emirates GBC) is a non-profit organization formed in 2006, with the goal of advancing green building principles that help protect the environment and foster sustainability in the United Arab Emirates. Since the inception of the EmiratesGBC in 2006, there has been significant change in the attitudes and demands related to the sustainable built environment. We have been encouraged by the implementation of green building policies and regulations, by the adoption of consistent rating systems, and by the increase in the overall knowledge sharing and information available on built environments and communities. As part of this evolution, the EmiratesGBC has continued to develop as an organization. In 2009 the Board of Directors and related committees reviewed its Vision and Mission to better reflect what our members needed from us.

The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group brings together business leaders from major UK, EU, and international companies who believe that there is an urgent need to develop new and longer term policies for tackling climate change.

The Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) is a professional working group devoted to protecting the environment through the means of education, action programs and community involvement. Our organization is open to men and women of all nationalities. EEG is actively encouraged and supported by concerned local and federal government agencies. It is the first environmental NGO in the world to be ISO 14001 certified and the only organization of its kind in the UAE with accredited status to the United Nations Convention to Combating Desertification (UNCCD) and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP). EEG is a signatory of the UN Global Compact and hosted the secretariat of the Global Compact Local Network for the Gulf States from 2008-2014. EEG is also a member of the International Union of Conservation for Nature (IUCN), and a member of the GEF-CSO Network.
EEG focuses on educational projects for the youth, different waste management programs catering to all sections of the society with particular focus on the corporate segment as well as various other sustainability community outreach programs. EEG promotes responsible business practices to companies in the UAE and the GCC. Several capacity building activities are also held during the year, and attended by the corporate community. EEG organizes free monthly community lectures on environment and development related topics and builds awareness among the community with its environmental e-newsletter every month. The Group publishes a bi-yearly magazine called Wastepaper which has a total circulation of 20,000 copies. EEG membership is composed of Corporate Members, academic institutions, government line agencies and individuals.

Etihad ESCO is Dubai's Super ESCO (Energy Service Company), aiming to make Dubai built environment a leading global example of energy efficiency. It enables the energy performance contracting market in Dubai by developing energy efficiency projects targeting more than 30,000 buildings.

The Environmental Center for Arab Towns (ECAT) is a scientific research center which deals with environmental issues concerning Arab city's natural resources and sustainable development. ECAT is affiliated with the Arab Town Organization (ATO) and hosted by Dubai Municipality and operates under the umbrella of the Director General of Dubai Municipality as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and 13 representatives from ATO member cities. The center specialized in offering awareness and research services in different environmental fields especially organizing environmental conferences and exhibitions, training programmes and workshops in addition to issuing the envirocities e-magazine and kids magazine. ECAT working to encourage cooperation and collaboration between environmental agencies and organizations at local, regional and international level in addition to knowledge exchange and knowledge transfer and best environmental practices among Arab cities. ECAT works in all Arab Towns and it is located in Dubai.

The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) was founded on the belief that economic growth and environmental sustainability are not merely compatible objectives; their integration is essential for the future of humankind. GGGI is a new kind of international organization — interdisciplinary, multi-stakeholder and driven by the needs of emerging and developing countries. It has been established by several forward-thinking governments to maximize the opportunity for “bottom up” (i.e., country- and business-led) progress on climate change and other environmental challenges within core economic policy and business strategies.

The Gulf Bond and Sukuk Association harnesses the commitment of its stakeholders to promote a wide and deep market on the basis of international best practices as adapted to the Arabian Gulf region. GBSA is guided by the highest ethical and professional standards and a shared sense of purpose.