The University of Groningen has a long academic tradition extending back to 1614, which makes Groningen the oldest university in the Netherlands after Leiden. The university takes the 73rd place in the Times Higher Educational World University Rankings of 2020 and 65th place in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019. The University of Groningen has a special connection with the energy sector. Not only is it situated on top of the Groningen gas field, but it also has close ties with the parties developing this gas field. Currently, the University of Groningen and companies like Gasunie are cooperating in several energy related organisations such as the Energy Delta Institute and Energy Valley. Energy raises key scientific and social challenges. The University of Groningen has made energy one of its three main research themes and makes major contributions to the transition to sustainable production and consumption of energy.
The Groningen Energy and Sustainability Programme (GESP) is the platform for all University of Groningen research and teaching on energy and sustainability. GESP unites research and teaching in this field within the university and facilitates cooperation with other knowledge institutes (including the Energy Academy Europe), government bodies, the business world and social/public organizations.
The Groningen Centre of Energy Law and Sustainability
Within the Faculty of Law, the Groningen Centre of Energy Law and Sustainability coordinates all research involving (parts of) the energy sector. Its research covers the entire energy chain (“from well to burner tip”). It includes all legislation and regulation applying to the production, transmission and supply of energy, the promotion of renewable energy sources, the need to secure energy supply as well as issues concerning climate change and environmental protection. Current research is to a large extent focusing on the liberalization of the EU and national energy markets as well as its legal, economic and social consequences. Other areas of interest are the contractual framework within which the energy suppliers and consumers operate as well as the fiscal and financial aspects of energy production and supply.