WSSET is a non-profit organisation led by Saffa Riffat, Professor in Sustainable Energy and Head of the Institute of Sustainable Energy Technology at the University of Nottingham.
WSSET has played an important role in consolidating practical partnerships between academic and industrial organisations, as well as promoting sustainable development/technologies worldwide. The role of WSSET is becoming increasingly important as the world seeks new solutions to problems arising from climate change, energy shortages and economic crisis.
WSSET promotes sustainable development to minimise the impact of climate change and has a mandate from the world community to set the proper direction for development of a sustainable urban environment as our legacy to future generations. WSSET supports its members in the advancement of sustainable technologies in various ways:
- Bringing together industries, academic institutions and private individuals worldwide through communication, co-operation, support and exchange;
- Promoting work on sustainable energy carried out by academic institutions and industry worldwide;
- Organising international seminars and conferences (e.g. SET international conferences) on the latest developments in the field of sustainable energy and encourage collaboration between researchers, scientists and industry from different countries;
- Publishing newsletters (WSSET newsletters) to promote innovative work carried out by universities and industry worldwide;
- Editing refereed technical journals (e.g., Int. Journal of Low Carbon Technologies);
- Encouraging collaboration between industry and academic institutions of different countries through the organisation of special workshops/seminars targeting the need of various countries;
- Running the HOPE Group for Africa to address issues related to developing countries such as the impact of climate change on energy, food supply and jobs;
- Assisting students from poorer nations and developing countries by seeking sponsorships to support their education in sustainable energy;
- Assisting the commercialising of new technologies developed by universities and private individuals;
- Organising public engagement activities;
- Assisting industry and individuals to attract grants to develop new ideas/demonstration projects; and
- Publicising innovative sustainable technologies carried out by academics in collaboration with industry.