Course partners

The Energy for Sustainable Development Online Course is delivered by the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) at Lund University, Sweden, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the Global Network on Energy for Sustainable Development (GNESD). External experts are also engaged to facilitate online discussions and to provide feedback to written assignments.

The course is financially supported by the Swedish International Development  Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

IIIEE & Lund University
The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) at Lund University, Sweden, has been engaged since 1994 in interdisciplinary education and research with a focus on the conceptual development and practical testing of innovative tools, methodologies and approaches which support preventative solutions to environmental problems. The Institute’s core research areas are sustainable product and service systems, distributed economies, and energy for sustainable development.

IIIEE educates through MSc and PhD programmes, undergraduate courses, executive training and an international youth outreach programme. All efforts target future decision-makers in management and policy for sustainable development.

IIIEE also has experience working with online distance education for many years. Since 1999 IIIEE has educated more than 10000 young people between 14 and 18 years old from all over the world in preventative environmental strategies through its Young Masters Programme (YMP). Additionally, IIIEE’s new enhanced MSc Programme in Environmental Management and Policy now starts with a 9-month online distance education block

Lund University is one of Sweden’s most prestigious universities and Scandinavia’s largest institution for education and research, frequently ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The university was founded in 1666 and is the second oldest within Sweden’s present borders. Lund University has 7 faculties, with a total of approximately 38 000 students enrolled in more than 50 different programmes and 800 separate courses.

This course is a part of UNDP’s development efforts in the thematic priority areas (Practice Areas) of Energy and Environment. UNDP’s Sustainable Energy Programme Team works toward ensuring that the policy guidance and operational tools of UNDP support the three pillars of sustainable development – economic development, social concerns, and environmental protection at the global, regional, and national levels. Focus on four priority areas in sustainable energy help achieve this:

  • strengthening national policy frameworks to support energy for poverty reduction and sustainable development;
  • promoting rural energy services to support growth and equity;
  • promoting clean energy technologies for sustainable development; and
  • increasing access to investment financing for sustainable energy

A fifth service line cross-cuts global and regional activities to support global advocacy, analysis and policy as well as engagement in intergovernmental processes. Strengthened knowledge management capacity is a prerequisite for effective conduct of policy analysis and subsequent engagement with national, regional and global partners.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) provides institutional support, partnership and global network access to the Energy for Sustainable Development Course. The goal of UNEP’s Energy Branch is to bring a longer term, environmental dimension into energy sector decisions. UNEP’s activities help decision-makers to improve their understanding of the link between the energy choices they face and broader sustainable development issues. The Branch’s emphasis is on increasing the human capacity to create opportunities for development while reducing the harmful effects of energy production and use. UNEP’s efforts are primarily directed at developing countries, and much of our work is done jointly with institutes involved in energy, environment and development challenges.

The Global Network on Energy for Sustainable Development (GNESD) is a UNEP facilitated knowledge network of developing world centers of excellence and network partners. The main objective of GNESD is to work for reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). GNESD partners will be central in provision of relevant experts who can serve as key technical facilitators for the Energy for Sustainable Development Online Course, and who can provide a range of additional technical inputs, in terms of course content, scope and modes of delivery.