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Founded 1994, (Bylaws) 2002 (Registration)
Founder European NGOs
Type Network of European NGOs, grassroot organisations
Focus sustainable energy environmentalism
  • Aarhus,Denmark
Area served
Method newsletter, education, research, lobbying
85 NGOs from 35 European countries
Key people
Ursel Beckmann (president) Gunnar Boye Olesen, Ion Zamfir (coordinators)

INFORSE- Europe is an international, non-profit organisation (NGO) network of European environmental organizations promoting sustainable energy development within Europe; and worldwide in cooperation with other INFORSE regions. INFORSE-Europe consists of 85 NGO members in 35 European countries.


INFORSE-Europe develops scenarios for a transition to a 100% renewable energy supply by 2050, lately by 2030. The scenario model's name is INFORSE Vision 2050.,.[1][2] The models are developed for global, EU-27,[3][4][5] and several European countries together with members like Denmark,[6][7][8] Hungary,[9][10] Bulgaria, Romania, Latvia, Lithuania, Estland and others. The UK member, Center for Alternative Technology, developed the ZeroCarbonBritain.[11] To reach local or regional 100% renewable energy, energy planning was facilitated by members in three regions of Belarus,[12][13] and in Poland with local public participation. [14] To facilitate networking among NGOs and researchers the Low Carbon Societies Network was established initiated together with Germanwatch, CAN-France, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and CIRED in France.[15]

The network maintains a publicly open online database of NGO's and governmental and research organizations,[16] and organises NGO seminars,[17] events at EU Green Week[18] and '09,[19] EUSEW,[20][21] and at the Conferences of UNFCCC, and at Rio+20 together with other NGOs.

Many of the members are active in education. Therefore, collection of school materials on energy and climate,[22] and of sustainable energy successes,[23] were developed as well as an online course (DIERET),[24] and has cooperation with SPARE, a sustainable energy education project in 16 countries.[25]

INFORSE-Europe is registered in the EU Transparency Register since 2008,[26] and participates in the Coolproducts coalition of European environmental NGOs ( European Environmental Bureau, BEUC, European Environmental Citizens’ Organisation for Standardisation, CAN-Europe, FOE-Europe and others) lobbying for ambitious EU Ecodesign and energy labelling directive regulations.[27] Positions are prepared together with these organisations.,[28] ,[29] ,[30] [31] The network's opinions are also collected on a web-based resources on EU policy,[32]


  • Sustainable Energy News published since 1992.[33]
  • DIERET Online Education in English,[34] Russian,[35] and Slovakian.[36]
  • NGO Views: Climate Change Policy in New EU Countries and Macedonia, published in 2010.[37]
  • Sustainable Energy Handbook for NGOs and Local Groups (INFORSE), published in 1993 in Danish, English, Polish, Hungarian, and Russian.[38]


INFORSE was established by NGOs at the Earth Summit (Global Forum), which was a parallel forum to the UNCED Conference in 1992. INFORSE has consultative status to United Nations' ECOSOC since 1998 and at UNFCCC since 2002. INFORSE-Europe made its Bylaws in 1994.,[39] and became officially registered in Denmark in 2002. A five-member Board and two coordinators are elected at the bi-annual General Assembly since then. The INFORSE-Europe became Campaign Associates to the Sustainable Energy Europe Campaign Initiative in 2005. European NGO Energy Policy Seminars are organised since 1992. INFORSE-Europe received the European Solar Prize from EUROSOLAR in 2009 in the category: One world cooperation.[40]


Among the 85 members from 35 European countries[41] there are Danish Organisation for Renewable Energy (OVE), Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy,[42] Samsø Energy Academy in Denmark,[43] Centre for Alternative Technology in the United Kingdom, Norwegian Society for the Conservation of Nature (FoE) in Norway; GERES, CLER, Helio from France; Polish Ecological Club (PKE-OG) and KISE from Poland; Atgaja, Green Policy Institute in Lithuania; Mother Earth, Brabant Ecologi, APERe, EREF in Belgium; Zelena Akcija (FoE) in Croatia, Za Zemiata For The Earth in Bulgaria; Eco-svest, Proaktiva, Front21/42 in Macedonia; Green Movement (LGM) in Latvia, and ARIN, TERRA, and Prietenii Pamantului (For the Earth) in Romania.


  1. ^ INFORSE Vision 2050 - 100% Renewables
  2. ^ Energy balance model of INFORSE
  3. ^ INFORSE's 100 % Renewable Energy Vision in EU-27
  4. ^ Presentation: A just and democratic transition to renewable energy Transition till 2030-2050 in the EU countries, INFORSE Vision, Presentation of Gunnar Boye Olesen, INFORSE-Europe in Barcelona, 2010
  5. ^ National low carbon scenarios, Collection of ENCI-Low Carb Network
  6. ^ 100 % Renewable Energy by 2030 in Denmark, in Danish,, pdf brochure
  7. ^ INFORSE Scenarios to 100 % Renewable Energy by 2030 in Denmark, VedvarendeEnergi in English
  8. ^ Article: Fast Transition to Renewable Energy with Local Integration of Large-Scale Windpower in Denmark Gunnar Boye Olesen, SustainableEnergy & INFORSE for 13th International Workshop on Large-Scale Integration of Wind Power into Power Systems, Berlin, November 12, 2014, pdf file
  9. ^ Vision 2040 in Hungary 2.0 in Hungarian, pdf file
  10. ^ Vision 2040 Hungary Versions 2.0 and 1.0 in English
  11. ^ Vision 2040 United Kingdom
  12. ^ Local energy and climate planning in 3 regions of Belarus
  13. ^ Local energy and climate planning in 3 regions of Belarus, Center for Environmental Solutions in Russian
  14. ^ INFORSE in the JOIN IN Project on ISD's website
  15. ^ Low Carbon Societies Network website
  16. ^ INFORSE's World Contact Database
  17. ^ INFORSE-Europe Seminars
  18. ^ INFORSE at EU Green Week 05
  19. ^ INFORSE at EU Green Week 09
  20. ^ INFORSE at EUSEW Green Week 08
  21. ^ Ecodesign & Energy Labelling: Cornerstones of EU Energy & Climate Policy, Sustainable Energy Week event 2013 on Coolproducts Campaign with EEB, INFORSE-Europe, and others in cooperation with European Commission, DG Energy, Ecodesign Team.[permanent dead link]
  22. ^ INFORSE's School Resources
  23. ^ INFORSE's European Successes Database.
  24. ^ DIERET Online Education
  25. ^ SPARE school program in 16 countries
  26. ^ EU Transparency Register INFORSE Entry
  27. ^ Coolproducts Coalition
  28. ^ Comments to the EU Ecolabel of Hydraunic Heating Systems (May 2013). Prepared by Blanca Morales and Gunnar Boye Olesen on behalf of EEB and INFORSE.
  29. ^ EU Ecolabel for Imaging Equipment, EEB, INFORSE and BEUC position on criteria proposal to be voted on 20th of June 2013 by Blanca Morales (BEUC) and Gunnar Boye Olesen (INFORSE)
  30. ^ Comments from ECOS, EEB, INFORSE-Europe, WWF European Policy Office and Friends of the Earth Europe on the revision of the EU Energy Labelling layout, June 2009 Archived 2015-04-03 at the Wayback Machine.
  31. ^ ECEEE’s web site: Position of ECOS, EEB, Friends of the Earth Europe, WWF EPO, CAN Europe and INFORSE Europe on possible ecodesign requirements for air heating - cooling products and high temperature process chillers Archived 2014-06-17 at the Wayback Machine.
  32. ^ EU Policy Overview
  33. ^ Sustainable Energy News
  34. ^ DIERET Online Education
  35. ^ DIERET Online Education in Russian on
  36. ^ DIERET Online Education in Slovak
  37. ^ NGO Views: Climate Change Policy in New EU Countries, 2010
  38. ^ Sustainable Energy Handbook for NGOs and Local Groups (INFORSE)on Humaninfo and Community Development Library[permanent dead link]
  39. ^ INFORSE-Europe By Laws updated in 2005
  40. ^ Link to the video presentation on INFORSE made by EUROSOLAR Archived 2015-04-02 at the Wayback Machine.
  41. ^ INFORSE-Europe Membership List
  42. ^ Folkecenter on INFORSE-Europe membership
  43. ^ Samsø Akademy in INFORSE-Europe membership

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