The History

The PROMITHEAS Conference started as an activity of a FP6 funded project and has developed as an annual Conference for scientists and researchers working in energy and climate change policy issues. The 1st PROMITHEAS Conference titled “Energy Investments and Trade Opportunities” in 2008 was a two-day event focused on political and scientific topics.

All events are hosted by the oldest university of Greece, the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA); organized by the Energy Policy and Development Centre (KEPA) of the NKUA, coordinator of the “PROMITHEAS Network”, the “BSEC-Green Energy Network” and set under the auspices of the BSEC organization.

Each year members of the “BSEC Green Energy Network” consisted of Centres and national administrative bodies and/or organizations mandated to promote RES and energy efficiency measures and policies are expected to participate in its works.

Organization

The Energy Policy and Development Centre (KEPA), coordinator of the “PROMITHEAS Network” and the “BSEC-Green Energy Network”, is an academic research institute (within the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens). The PROMITHEAS Network includes members from sixteen (16) countries of S.E. Europe, Black Sea, Caspian Sea and Central Asia. KEPA is a member of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) since December 2011.

The “BSEC-Green Energy Network” that functions under the supervision of the BSEC – PERMIS receives members not only from the BSEC member states but also from the BSEC Observers and Sectoral Dialogue Partners, as well.

The activities of KEPA although cover a wide range of topics, starting from energy geopolitics, regional energy markets, the promotion of energy investments and trade, during the last years they are focused on Climate Change with emphasis on knowledge transfer and capacity building for the development of low carbon policy mixtures among the countries of S.E. Europe, Black and Caspian Seas and Central Asia.

During the last three years KEPA has expanded its relations to partners from Asia Pacific, Mediterranean and Africa.

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