Consumer Research Centers and Sustainable Energy Solutions Providers in Europe Consumer research and sustainable energy development have been gaining traction in recent years due to increasing environmental concerns and the need for more sustainable practices. In Europe, there are several research centers and companies dedicated to consumer research and sustainable energy solutions. In this article, we will discuss some of the most prominent ones. National Consumer Research Centre (NCRC), Finland The NCRC is a research center that investigates and identifies change and risk factors within the consumer society, consumer behavior, and the market. The center’s main goal is to communicate consumer research knowledge. The NCRC is located in Finland and is led by Eva Heiskanen. Contact her at Tel. +358 106059005. Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) The ECN is a research center in the Netherlands that focuses on developing high-level knowledge and technology for a sustainable energy system. The center transfers its research to the market. The ECN is led by Ynke Feenstra. Contact her at Tel. + 31 224 56 8262.

University of Salford, SURF Centre, United Kingdom

The SURF Centre is located in Manchester, within the University of Salford. Established in 1999, the center undertakes interdisciplinary research on Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures. The center is mainly self-financing and is led by Mike Hodson. Contact him at Tel. +44 161 295 4018.

Oeko-Institut e.V (Institute for Applied Ecology), Germany

The Oeko-Institut is a research center in Germany that analyzes and evaluates current and future environmental problems. The center aims to develop and implement sustainable solutions. The Oeko-Institut’s research covers basic research, conceptual development, implementation, advisory, and consultancy activities. The center is led by Veit B├╝rger. Contact him at Tel. +49 761 452 9559.

Central European University (CEU), Hungary

The CEU is an internationally recognized post-graduate educational institution located in Budapest, Hungary. The CEU’s Centre for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy (3CSEP) aims to develop solutions for climate change and sustainable energy challenges. The center also provides a platform for academic, outreach, and educational activities. The 3CSEP is led by Yulia Barabanova. Contact her at Tel. +36309721885. Stockholm Environment Institute, Tallinn Centre (SEI-T), Estonia SEI-T is a non-profit research and development institute that focuses on environmental protection, nature conservation, climate, and energy-related policy and management analysis, energy efficiency, and energy conservation-related environmental studies. The center is led by Tiit Kallaste. Contact him at Tel. +372 62 76 103.

Cowi Baltic, Lithuania

Cowi Baltic is an engineering consulting company that works in the fields of energy, climate change, design of building engineering installations, environment, and transport. The company is a subsidiary of the Danish Company COWI AS. Cowi Baltic plays an active role in various projects related to the development of the Lithuanian energy sector. The company is led by Inga Valuntiene. Contact her at Tel. +370 655 70743.

GreenDependent Sustainable Solutions Association, Hungary

GreenDependent is a not-for-profit non-governmental association that was founded by ten professionals committed to creating a sustainable future. The association’s mission is to research, create, and promote sustainable lifestyles, sustainable production and consumption patterns, and levels. GreenDependent carries out educational, research, consulting, and promotional activities. The association is led by Edina Vadovics. Contact her at Tel. +36 28 415691.
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