IEA to train officials from around the world on key energy topics

16 January 2012

Following their success last year, the International Energy Agency is organising more training courses for government officials and private sector experts from developing countries and emerging economies. 

The Energy Training Week, which will take place from 2 to 6 April 2012 at the IEA’s headquarters in Paris, will focus on the latest trends and developments in a range of energy sectors, including oil, gas and renewables.

“This training week offers the opportunity for officials from all over the world who may not have other opportunities to meet, to network and share expertise on a broad range of energy-related issues,” said Assen Gasharov, Head of the IEA’s Training and Capacity Building programme.

IEA experts and guest lecturers will deliver the training through a mixture of lectures, practical exercises – such as simulating an oil supply disruption – and field visits to energy efficient buildings and renewable energy installations.

Seven courses will be offered – of which five are advanced and two introductory – which focus on energy security, markets, sustainability, technology and analysis. All of these courses will be in English, the working language of the IEA. No interpretation in any other language will be provided.

Details on the training courses:

Participants can take one advanced five-day course and (optional) one preparatory course. While attending these courses is free of charge, participants must cover their own travel and accommodation costs.

The two preparatory courses, which each last two days and take place the week before the advanced courses, are:

  • Energy Security (introduction to oil and gas markets) and
  • Sustainable Energy (introduction to energy efficiency and renewables)

The five advanced courses, which last five days, are:

  • Energy Essentials for Decision Makers: A mixture of key energy topics are discussed for the benefit of experienced managers and policy-makers with broader responsibilities and interests. The course will offer a strong 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 sustainable and low-carbon energy options, such as energy efficiency and renewables.
  • Energy Markets and 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 as a fuel which contributes to the security and flexibility of national and international energy systems. The course has a very strong practical experience approach, and includes a simulation exercise of an oil supply disruption and a site visit to oil and gas facilities.
  • Energy Efficiency Policy and Measures: The programme will cover energy efficiency best practice and interventions and discuss some options for specific sectors, including buildings, industry and transport. A range of case studies from around the world will be presented, and the course also offers concrete policy development tools, group problem-solving exercises and site visits.
  • Renewable and Low-Carbon Energy Technology: This theme will explore the key principles of policy formulation for renewable energy planning and low-carbon technology deployment. It uses the IEA’s unique expertise in developing energy technology roadmaps – a methodology that encompasses the policy objectives, stakeholder engagement, and financial incentives needed to support a particular technology.
  • Energy Analysis and Modelling: A close look is given to a range of practical IEA energy analysis applications – from developing energy efficiency indicators to modelling a national power generation portfolio. Participants are introduced to the fundamental principles of energy analysis and modelling and then receive hands-on training on using tools, such as the Mobility Modelling (MOMO) transport model. This is a global transport spreadsheet model that has been developed since 2003. It contains historical data and projections to 2050 and includes all modes of transport and most vehicle types, including two and three-wheelers, passenger cars, light trucks, medium and heavy freight trucks, buses and non-road modes (rail, air and shipping).