Emergency Response

Course content

This module explores the IEA’s oil and gas  emergency response policy and procedure for member countries and assists officials from non-member countries to develop their own emergency response policies and measures according to their national energy context.

Capacity building and co-operation in this area is a multistep process, and this course provides the initial stages of awareness-raising and knowledge transfer. In particular, it covers the following aspects:

  • IEA oil and gas security policies and practices.
  • National emergency preparedness policy, legislation, and response structures.
  • National emergency planning and preparation.
  • Case studies: Emergency response schemes of major IEA member countries.
  • Case studies: IEA-partner country bilateral emergency preparedness programmes.
  • Data gathering for oil and gas markets in normal times and during emergencies.
  • Data analysis in order to assess the impact of supply disruptions.
  • Simulation exercise: Supply disruption and emergency response (scenarios).

Why is this topic important?

Disruptions of oil and gas supplies are genuine risks in a volatile global market. Today, no government can afford to ignore the real dangers – the economic and  social cost – which a sudden and prolonged disruption can cause. Putting in place sound policies and procedures to mitigate any potential damages should be  a national priority. Mechanisms exist to increase the resilience of countries in cases of supply disruptions and all relevant stakeholders need to be aware of them.

IEA’s credentials – why  learn from us?

The  IEA has a unique, statutory role and responsibility to help minimise the risk  of oil and gas disruptions for its 29 member countries. In times of crises –  such as during the first Gulf War and after Hurricane Katrina – the IEA  implements its emergency procedures to the assistance of national governments. For more than 40 years, the IEA has shaped and improved its policy and developed advanced measures to respond to oil and gas emergencies. The Agency also shares its expertise and other international best practice on a regular basis through Emergency Response Exercises (ERE) and Trainings (ERT) offered to member and non-member countries.

Who will benefit from this module?

This course is targeted at:

  • Government policy makers responsible for oil and gas
  • National oil and gas stockholding agencies
  • Other stakeholders across the public and private sectors

What will participants gain?

This course equips participants with a fundamental understanding of the role of a national emergency response system so they are able to contribute to developing policies and measures in their home country. It is also the initial stage of establishing longer-term knowledge exchange with the IEA and co-ordinating activities in this area.

Module structure

Training Formats

Module Length

Group Size

Lectures, presentations and interactive discussions
Practical exercises - simulation of supply disruptions
Practical exercises – site visits

Bilateral workshops: 2 days

Multilateral workshops: 5 days

50-100 people

25-50 people