UNEP DTU Partnership (formerly UNEP Risø Centre (URC)) is a leading international research and advisory institution on energy, climate and sustainable development. As a UN Environment (UNEP) Collaborating Centre, UNEP DTU Partnership is an active participant in both the planning and implementation of UNEP’s Climate Change Strategy and Energy Programme.
Through in-depth research, policy analysis, and capacity building activities, the Partnership assists developing countries in a transition towards more low carbon development paths, and supports integration of climate-resilience in national development.
UNEP DTU Partnership comprises two Centres: Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development, and the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency. It is located in Denmark at the UN City in Copenhagen and boasts of a team of more than 60 scientists and economists from 20 countries.
The Partnership was established in October 1990 based on a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Risø National Laboratory and UN Environment, which continue to support its development. In accordance with the MoU, the Partnership retains its status as an administratively independent unit with a Management and Policy Committee (MPC), consisting of representatives of the three funding parties, which governs and oversees the Partnership activities.