At the initiative of the UNESCO Chair, a National Education Programme on Energy Saving and Renewable Energies was made a priority item in the World Solar Programme 1996-2005.

At the 29th Session of UNESCO General Conference in 1997, the Belarusian delegation initiated the adoption of a Special Resolution 29 C/DR.131 to support the activity of the UNESCO Chair and establish at BNTU a regional centre for training and retraining specialists in energy saving and renewable energies. In accordance with this Resolution UNESCO Venice Office (UVO-ROSTE) supported the Chair’s program on selection of specialists and consultants to be involved in the Chair activities; purchase of necessary equipment and materials for the Chair functioning.

In 1998, the UNESCO Chair held a republican educational methodological workshop on urgent issues of training specialists with higher and secondary special education in energy saving. Stakeholders were the Ministry of Education, the State Committee for Energy Efficiency and Energy Supervision, heads of the relevant chairs of major republican universities, and research workers of the National Academy of Sciences.

International conference and workshop “Novel “Smart” Materials - Electro- and Magneto-sensitive Fluids and Their Applications for Energy Effective Technologies” was held on September 11-13, 2001 by the UNESCO Chair under support of UNESCO Venice Office (UVO-ROSTE).

In 1999, the Chair compiled a computer database and developed educational technologies in energy saving and renewable energies under support of Commission of theRepublicofBelarusfor UNESCO within the UNESCO Participation Programme.

The Chair took an active part in the European Network on Education & Training in Renewable Energy Sources (EURONETRES), which is an integral part of the Global Renewable Energy Education and Training (GREET) Programme of UNESCO.

In 2006 the project “Support to development of a research and educational centre for training of experts in the field of renewable energy sources” was implemented by the UNESCO Chair within the UNESCO Moscow Office activity “Application and utilization of alternative and renewable sources of energy and energy conservation” in order to create the facilities for training engineers, researchers, and students in the field of effective use of biomass energy.

In 2010 three-days workshop “Catalyzing a national policy formulation on renewable energy sources (RES) inBelarusand sharing trans-regional knowledge and good practices to improve the efficiency of energy use” was held by the UNESCO Chair under support of UNESCO Moscow Office.

At present, the UNESCO Chair, together with New Energy Performance AS, Norway, is implementing an education project named “Training of Energy and Environment Experts – a Program for Industry and Public Sector in Belarus” financed by the Norwegian Government.

The Chair collaborates with universities inRussia,France,Germany,Sweden,Slovakia,Romania,Japan,China, andLatviaand participates in the international projects of UNESCO, INTAS, TEMPUS and Belarusian Republican Foundation for Fundamental Research.