The PENNY consortium has been designed to achieve the highest quality by assembling highly skilled partners with strong potential synergies. Some of the partners are leading environmental economics research institutions in Europe. The group consists of institutes that have successfully been working together over various projects. The project also brings in partners with specific and independent expertise, whose skills will complement the rest of the team giving rise to mutual benefits. The Consortium partners’ interdisciplinary will be exploited to meet the project’s objectives.
Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM)
Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) is a non-for-profit, nonpartisan research institution established in Italy and devoted to the study of sustainable development and global governance.
FEEM’s mission is to improve through research the quality of decision-making in public and private spheres. This goal is achieved by creating an international and multidisciplinary network of researchers working on several innovative programmes, by providing and promoting training in specialized areas of research, by disseminating research results through a wide range of outreach activities, and by delivering directly to policy makers via participation in various institutional fora. In the specific area of climate change and sustainable development, FEEM has achieved a leading position in the international research community, as a result of the in-house development and application of several methodologies for the economic analysis of climate and energy policies.
The Centre for Energy Policy and Economics (CEPE) was established at ETH Zurich in 1999 to enlarge the natural science and technically oriented disciplinary spectrum of the ETH domain by contributing to research and teaching in energy policy and economics. The thematic focus on energy includes both energy supply and energy demand using mainly microeconomic theory and empirical methods.
Through its national and international research and advisory activities, CEPE contributes to the scientific community by developing and applying new empirical methods and seeks to improve the bases for decision-making by business and government with analyses of energy economics and policy issues, the drafting of energy policy options and scientific analyses of energy policy programs. In addition, the chairs at CEPE educate students at ETH Zurich by providing a curriculum of lectures and seminars as well as colloquia on resource, environmental and energy economics and policy.
The University of Münster has developed a strong research profile in natural sciences, humanities, medicine, law, business administration and economics. Founded in 1780 and with 37.000 students, the WWU Münster is a university with tradition and one of the largest in Germany. The institution pays particular attention to energy-related topics, e.g. electro-mobility: MEET, the battery research centre at WWU Münster, is headquarter of the Battery Competence Centre forming part of the program ElektroMobilität NRW (North-Rhine Westphalia).
Research at the University of Groningen focuses on the three main themes: energy, healthy aging and sustainable society. The current project focuses on two of these themes in which the RUG has developed a lot of expertise, namely energy and sustainable society. Additionally the current project aligns and builds on the research conducted in the Environmental Psychology group. Within Environmental Psychology it has a lot and successful experience in conducting fundamental research with clear practical implication, collaborating with companies and organizations, valorization of research insights and new knowledge to practice.
Previous research on energy efficiency often assumed consumers behave rational and has mainly focused on financial incentives promoting energy efficient behavior. Furthermore, many studies focused on short term effects in laboratories among students and few studies have studied the processes underlying energy efficient behavior. The current research focuses on long term effects and studies the process underlying energy efficient behavior.
The University of Debrecen with its more than 32.000 students, 15 faculties and 1500 teaching staff members is the natural centre of research and higher educational activities in Eastern Hungary. Being one of the most prestigious and largest universities of Hungary, the University of Debrecen has been awarded the title of elite research university. Besides its widespread training activities (BA in Sociology and Social Work, MA in Sociology and Social Policy, PhD programme), the Department of Sociology and Social Policy has specialized on the fields of the social integration, employment policy, territorial development, norms and values and energy use. It focuses both its research and educational activities on these topics.
Politecnico di Milano was established in 1863. Its most eminent professors have included the mathematician Francesco Brioschi, Luigi Cremona, and Giulio Natta (Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1963). PMI is now ranked as one of the most outstanding European universities in Engineering, Architecture and Industrial Design. PMI has five campuses, 9 Schools (6 of Engineering, 2 of Architecture, Industrial Design) and over 40.000 students. Research activity is carried out on a wide range of technical and scientific subjects by 16 Departments. PMI is a member of ECTP – European Construction Platform (www.ectp.org) and E2B Association (www.e2b-ei.eu). PMI is also a member of EERA (European Energy Research Alliance), a virtual center of excellence that has promoted Joint Programming initiative on Smart Cities.
The “Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingengeria (DEIB)” is one of the major ICT university departments in Europe, with over 800 members.