INFORSE- Europe is one of the 7 regions of the International Network for Sustainable Energy (INFORSE), which is a worldwide NGO network formed at the Global Forum in Rio in 1992. We share a common vision in which energy services are sustainable and promote just and human-centred development. Our vision is based on renewable technologies, including solar, wind, biomass, biogas and micro-hydro.

We emphasise:

  • defending the environment and combating climate change;
  • phasing out nuclear and fossil energy consumption;
  • increasing reliance on local solutions;
  • ensuring equal access to energy across class, ethnic and gender lines;
  • improving income generation through renewable energy solutions, particularly by the poor;
  • increasing energy efficiency.

To achieve these goals, we:

  • communicate experiences, know-how and visions of member organisations to the public and to decision makers;
  • increase NGO capacity by developing and providing educational tools;
  • promote the participation of civil society organisations in developing energy strategies and policies that affect them;
  • mobilise investment, research, development and transfer of renewable energy technologies;
  • influence national, and international decision making;
  • reform regulatory frameworks and market conditions;
  • integrate environmental, and social costs in pricing;
  • participate in the events of the UN and its parallel NGO Forums in order to influence global agendas. These include Conferences of the UN Climate Convention, Combating Desertification, and follow-up of the Rio Conference.

INFORSE can support its members in preparing national and regional visions and strategies for transitions to sustainable energy systems until the year 2050. Energy balances are developed in 5 or 10 year timesteps through to 2050.

Members of the network cooperate on a range of projects. Recent initiatives have included developing mobile exhibitions, joint publications, study visits and campaigns. Several members have recently worked together to develop climate policy positions.