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Government and private sector professionals to benefit from intensive training week at IEA

The deadline for applications has been extended to 22 February 2011. The International Energy Agency, which has provided training since it was set up in 1974, is organising pioneering new thematic courses that will take place from 4 to 8 April at its headquarters in Paris.

16 February 2011

To date the Agency’s training has mainly been conducted in response to specific requests from countries, but the IEA is now broadening its efforts and has designed a range of courses, which aim to address specific needs of professionals from both governments and private sectors in developing and emerging economies.

“We decided to create these new courses in order to better share the full range of our expertise and knowledge with non-member countries, as well as enhance our co-operation in an increasingly interconnected world,” said Assen Gasharov, Head of the IEA’s Training and Capacity Building programme. “These courses also offer an excellent opportunity for participants to exchange ideas with colleagues from a broad range of countries.”

Up to 100 individuals will have the opportunity to attend, and the deadline for applications is 22 February. Each course, which will be run by IEA experts, will offer a mixture of highly focused lectures and hands-on exercises. The five available courses, all of which are free to attend, are:

  • Energy Essentials for Decision Makers. (This course will offer a combination of the latest energy developments internationally and some innovative practical tools for designing policy interventions and planning technology deployment. Particular attention will be given to natural gas as a fuel that contributes to the security and flexibility of national energy systems and which will play a significant role in future global energy supply).
  • Oil and Gas Market Security. (A range of important issues regarding oil and gas market trends and prices, supply disruption and response, and market regulation will be explored. Particular attention will be given to natural gas on this course as well).
  • Energy Efficiency and Low Carbon Policy. (This course will cover some of the key low-carbon energy policy areas, from energy efficiency interventions to renewable energy deployment. The programme offers a combination of best international practice recommendations, implementation barriers and opportunities, and the latest developments in carbon markets. A number of specific sectors are explored, such as buildings, industry, transport and power generation).
  • Low Carbon Technology Policy and Planning. (This course will explore the key principles of policy formulation for low-carbon energy technology deployment. It focuses on the IEA’s expertise in developing energy technology roadmaps – a tool that encompasses the policy objectives, stakeholder engagement, and financial arrangements needed to support a particular technology. Both renewable energy solutions and fossil fuel technologies are covered).
  • Energy Analysis and Modelling. (A close look is given to a range of practical IEA energy analysis applications – from developing energy performance indicators to modelling a national power generation portfolio. Analysis at the national level, as well as by sector of the economy, are explored from both short and long-term perspectives).

 The IEA’s work in this area began with the development of Emergency Response Exercises for its member countries in the wake of oil supply disruptions in the 1970s, which threatened the global economy. The main objectives of these Exercises are to train relevant government officials and oil industry stakeholders in emergency procedures.

Since then, the IEA has broadened the scope of its training, which now covers everything from the latest methods in compiling national statistics, to exploring the principles and techniques employed to generate medium- to long-term energy market projections.

Jean-Yves Garnier, Head of Energy Statistics at the IEA, said that he has seen some significant improvements following IEA training in the past.

“Four years ago, for example, we conducted in-country training in Mexico, which focused on common definitions, methods and skills needed to compile national statistics on different fuels and sectors,” he explained.

“Since then, Mexico has made impressive progress in terms of the timeliness and completeness of the energy statistics which they compile. In fact, for the last two years, Mexico has been the best OECD country in submitting timely data to us.”

For full details about the April training courses, and to apply, please visit: Training

Two testimonials “The IEA’s training approach offers practical content on the latest international trends. Information is provided clearly and concisely.” – Jasbir Khan, a participant from Petronas, the national oil company of Malaysia.

“Attending the IEA course in emergency preparedness gave me a solid basis to consider what policies and measures should be put in place in my own country.” – María del Rosario Castillo, a participant from the National Energy Regulator in Peru.

Photo: Training on Emergency Response Exercises, which took place in Paris in November 2010. ©IEA

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