The Technology Collaboration Programmes (TCPs) of the IEA’s Energy Technology Network generate a vast amount of scientific and technological results which should lead to increased innovation in the energy sector. The distribution of such results and their application and implementation by the potential users in order to get innovative technologies into the market and thus increase energy efficiency and reduce CO2 output is a great challenge. Several TCPs in the end-use sector have established activities to train young people and professionals on the basis of their results with the aim of accelerating deployment of new technologies.
The IEA Secretariat, through the Energy Efficiency in Emerging Economies (E4) Programme, looks to build capacity through online courses (at one end of the spectrum), in situ joint working on data improvement and analysis (at the other), and other tools, including Training Weeks. IPEEC as a partnership provides an equal platform for policy dialogue between developed and emerging economies. Each of the country-led Task Groups at IPEEC is a vehicle for disseminating good practices, policies and innovative approaches, as well as channeling education and capacity building.
This workshop aims to highlight the importance of education for innovation in the energy sector and show some examples of education and training activities.
Update on relevant Secretariat activities in the IEA Energy Efficiency Division, Brian Motherway, IEA
CIPEC: a framework for capacity building, training programmes and tools, Laura Oleson, Natural Resources Canada
The DSM University, Rob Kool, Chair of the TCP on Demand-Side Management
The importance of education for innovation in the energy sector, Torsten Fransson, KIC InnoEnergy
The ISGAN Academy, Michele de Nigris, Chair of the TCP on Smart Grids (ISGAN TCP)