The TREND consortium comprises some major equipment manufacturers, network operators, and university research centers with complementary expertise, and with strong previous involvements and worldwide reputation in matters related to energy consumption in networking. A few distinguished External Collaborating Institutions will also be involved in the technical activities. The synergistic work and dissemination activities of the involved Institutions will raise the consciousness on the environmental impact of network infrastructures, and will provide guidelines for an energy-aware evolution of the Internet, thereby reinforcing the leading European position in designing a sustainable future.