Our History

The UNEP DTU Partnership, formerly UNEP Risø Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development (URC), was established in October 1990. UDP operates under a tripartite agreement between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and the UN Environment (UNEP). It is located at the UN City complex in Copenhagen, Denmark. 

The Centre is governed by a Management and Policy Committee, with members from the three founding organizations. The Committee has the responsibility for policy and programme matters, semi-annual status meetings, and for reviewing and approving collaboration agreements. Since 1st January 2012, UDP is part of the Department of Management at DTU.

In May 2016, UNEP DTU Partnership came together in full strength along with its partners to mark the occasion of its 25 years working on energy, climate and sustainable development at the UN city.

To celebrate this silver jubilee milestone, a panel of luminaries was organized who commented on UNEP DTU's work and continuing significance, encouraging it to continue its central role in bringing research on new technologies to policy makers, its leading efforts at analytical and advisory services as well as its large capacity development work in Asia, Africa and the Latin American and Caribbean regions.

The panel of speakers comprised Connie Hedegaard, Chairman of KR Foundation, former EU Commissioner for Climate Action and former Danish Climate and Energy Minister, Sandrine Dixon-Decleve, Chief Partnerships Officer of SE4All initiative, Ligia Noronha, UNEP DTIE Director, Nathalia Feinberg, Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Søren Salomo, Director of DTU Management Engineering, Neils Axel Nielsen, Senior VP of Technical University of Denmark and John Christensen, Director of UNEP DTU Partnership.



On 4th November, 2011, UDP, then UNEP Risø Centre, marked its 20th anniversary celebrations with a seminar in Copenhagen. The event was attended by the Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, Mr. Christian Friis Bach, leading environment and climate change experts, representatives from UN Environment, World Bank, UNFCCC, Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Danish Ministry of Climate and Energy and several other representatives from NGOs, private sector, and academia. Addressing the participants, Mr. Bach applauded UDP for ‘being a visionary institution, creating value through social and technical sciences’ and mentioned that he often sought advice and inspiration from the Centre.


In the photo (from left to right): Mark Radka, Energy Branch, UN Environment; Hans Larsen, Vice Dean,Chief, DTU (Risø Campus); Anders Bjarklev, President, DTU; Christian Friis Bach, Former Minister for Development Cooperation (Denmark); John Christensen, Head, UNEP DTU Partnership (UDP); and Danielle Violetti, Chief of Staff, UNFCCC Secretariat.  



23 MAY 2019