Energy Training Week draws 130-plus participants from nearly 60 countries

7 April 2014

More than 130 energy specialists, most of them from developing and newly industrialising countries, gathered Monday at the International Energy Agency headquarters in Paris for Energy Training Week 2014, the fourth annual introduction to IEA knowledge and research.

A general introduction to the latest in IEA best practice and research, Energy Training Week is a highlight of the Training and Capacity Building Programme that the IEA introduced in 2009 to enhance bilateral and regional co-operation with partner countries and to respond to the high demand for IEA training. Successful energy policy requires solid analysis, reliable models and robust tools. So to ensure a secure and sustainable energy future, the programme has instructed more than 2 000 energy experts and policy makers from both member and partner countries in IEA best practices.

“This week is an example of our commitment to engagement and co-operation – by sharing our knowledge, experience and tools with you,” IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven said in a welcoming address to the participants from nearly 60 countries. “We live in a time when the global energy map is changing with extraordinary speed. Analysing and understanding those dynamics relies on accurate and transparent information and data – as well as sound methodologies and collaborative research.”

Energy Training Week 2014 participants take one of five classes in such subjects as “Renewables and Low Carbon Energy Technology” and “Energy Markets and Security”. Practical exercises include simulated responses to energy supply disruptions and practice implementation of regionally defined versions of the IEA 25 Energy Efficiency Policy Recommendations.  In addition, IEA analysts offer briefings all week on trends and developments in renewable energy, energy efficiency measurements, natural gas markets and other topics. On Tuesday, Chief Economist Fatih Birol will discuss the IEA flagship publication World Energy Outlook, and the following day features a site visit to an electricity dispatch centre on the edge of Paris.