On 1 January 2013 CMS Derks Star Busmann joined the group of business partners of the Utrecht Sustainability Institute (USI).
Consisting of more than 1.500 affiliated researchers, the Utrecht Sustainability Institute (USI) is a leading network organization in the field of sustainability in the Netherlands. By gathering knowledge in an integrated manner, USI is able to help solve complex issues in close collaboration with government, societal organizations, and industry. Jointly, USI and its partners aim to find positive solutions to the increasing number of problems in the field of sustainability, such as climate change, energy dependence, scarcity of water and resources, explosive urbanisation, and the social and economic tensions resulting from these developments.
Cooperation with the USI fits well with the ambition of CMS to contribute to a number of important social issues, including renewable energy and sustainable area development. In its capacity as business partner CMS will participate in specific research and consultancy projects in the field of sustainability, including the project 'Smart Grid: returns for all', which aims to develop business cases and service concepts for smart grids and to test these, creating value propositions that lead to further development and upscaling.
The USI is led by director Jacqueline Cramer and senior adivors Klaas van Egmond and Herman Wijffels. Other business partners of the USI are Atos, BAM, Eneco, Rabobank, Stedin, Van Gansewinkel, Vitens and Wavin. To the so-called knowledge partners of the USI include Deltares, DNV KEMA, ECN, Ecofys, Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, KNMI, KWR, Movares, TNO and Utrecht University. The PBL and RIVM are also connected to USI.
For more information about our business partnership with USI please contact Cecilia van der Weijden or Frank Leyendeckers.