The UNU-GTP is operated at Orkustofnun (the National Energy Authority (NEA)), which has been an associated institution of the UNU since 1978. Orkustofnun is a government agency under the Ministry of Industries and Innovation. Its main responsibilities are to advise the Government of Iceland on energy issues and related topics, license and monitor the development and exploitation of energy and mineral resources, regulate the operation of the electrical transmission and distribution system and promote energy research.
The UNU-GTP pays for the services of staff members at ISOR and Orkustofnun, in accordance with contracts. The UNU Fellows have full access to the research facilities and the multidisciplinary research environment of Orkustofnun and ISOR, which united, for over three decades, have been amongst the leading geothermal energy research institutions in the world.
The UNU-GTP also has a close cooperation with the University of Iceland (UI). Staff members of the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Engineering have been amongst key lecturers and supervisors of the UNU Fellows in some subjects since the establishment of the UNU-GTP. A co-operation agreement was signed in 2000 between the UNU-GTP and the UI on MSc studies in geothermal energy and PhD studies in 2008. A similar agreement was made with Reykjavík University in 2013.
The UNU-GTP has five full time staff members (employed by Orkustofnun), but lecturers and support staff are hired from ISOR, the UI, RU, and other agencies/companies. Every year, about 70-100 staff members of these institutions render services to the UNU-GTP under contracts. This allows the flexibility required to provide highly specialized training in the eight fields of specialization offered.
The UNU-GTP is academically governed by a Studies Board, which is composed of experts (from ISOR, UI and RU) responsible for each of the specialized courses. The UNU-GTP Director is the chairman of the Studies Board.