TERI (The Energy and Resource Institute) and VITO (Flemish Institute for Technological Research) have been working closely together for the past few years on issues related to clean technology and sustainable development.
TERI has been organising DSDS (Delhi Sustainable Development Summit) every year since 2001, which has become one of the largest international undertakings on sustainable development, attracting high-level decision-makers from across the world. DSDS provides a platform for knowledge exchange and debate on all aspects of sustainable development, particularly in the developing world, and related to, although not solely focused on, climate change. The last edition of DSDS was held on 1 to 3 February 2012 and focus on “Protecting the global commons: 20 years after Rio”. The next edition of DSDS will be dedicated to "The Global Challenges of Ressource-Dfficient and Low-Carbon Development".
Nobel Laureates Sir James A. Mirrlees (DSDS 2009. 2011), Prof. Elinor Olstrom (DSDS 2012), Prof. Joseph Stiglitz (DSDS 2011)
VITO, on its part, has been organising the i-SUP (Innovation for Sustainable Production) Conference in Bruges, Belgium every two years since 2008. i-SUP seek to bring together scientists and industries to share knowledge and build partnerships while intertwining different disciplines and methodologies. The last edition of i-SUP took place in Bruges on 6 to 9 May 2012.
VITO and TERI are committed to continue and deepen their engagement in bringing together relevant international stakeholders to better advance on the path to sustainable development. With that view, the partners are planning to organise every year from 2012 onwards BSDS (Brussels Sustainable Development Summit), intended to serve as a high-level, international platform focused on the development and implementation of action plans to sustainable development globally.