The world needs significant investment to cover the growing demand for energy. In the interest of the global climate, the local environment, and energy security, investment in energy must be steered towards energy options with less carbon, less fuel and fuel-price risk, and more and better access for the poor. The business and finance sectors have a key role to play in promoting the shift to a sustainable energy future.
BASE provides information, develops tools, and builds networks with the goal of increasing investment in sustainable energy. BASE is a Collaborating Centre of the United Nations Environment Programme.
BASE develops forward-looking mechanisms to accelerate the financing of sustainable energy markets, with the ultimate aim of contributing to climate change and poverty mitigation, conflict prevention and sustainable development globally.
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In March 2001, the Canton of Basel-Stadt and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) established BASE as a UNEP Collaborating Centre with the function of supporting UNEP's energy programme, particularly in the area of promoting new approaches to financing sustainable energy in developing countries.
BASE is a partner in the Sustainable Energy Finance Initiative (SEFI) along with the UNEP Energy Branch and UNEP Finance Initiative.
BASE's former office in Germany is now forseo. forseo helps build strategic partnerships between entrepreneurs and financiers to mobilize capital for renewable energy and energy efficiency investments.
forseo aims to promote and facilitate investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy to accelerate commercialization of sustainable energy.
BASE is one of the founders of the Gold Standard Foundation, which was established as a non-profit foundation under Swiss law in October 2006. The Gold Standard offers a quality label to CDM/JI and voluntary offset projects, fetching premium prices.