Energy Efficiency and Policy Design

Course content

This theme provides an overview of the fundamental elements of good energy efficiency policy design, implementation and evaluation. Based on international best practice, we provide a brief overview of the framework policies as well as the core sectoral policies needed to achieve optimal energy efficiency in participants’ countries.

Training is currently available in two areas - Cross-sectoral and Transport sector energy efficiency policy design – covering the following issues:

Why is this topic important?

Cross-sectoral Energy Efficiency:

  • Policy design fundamentals
  • Governance for energy efficiency
  • National energy efficiency strategies and action plans
  • Energy efficiency indicators (overview)
  • IEA Energy Efficiency Recommendations for cross-sectoral energy efficiency
  • Evaluation, compliance and enforcement
  • Financing energy efficiency


Transport Sector Energy Efficiency:

  • Understanding the transport-energy system
  • Transport strategies for energy efficiency
  • Policy goals (overview): efficiency in vehicles; efficient vehicle use; modal shifts
  • IEA Energy Efficiency Recommendations for the transport sector
  • IEA’s transport energy efficiency recommendations
  • Policy evaluation in transport
  • Transport data requirements and modelling

Energy Efficiency is often the most cost-effective way to save energy and carbon emissions, but this requires a co-ordinated effort across many different sectors. Developing a holistic portfolio of energy efficiency policies is a complex task for which a thorough understanding is needed of all the economic, social and political factors involved. Technical skills in energy efficiency technology solutions are also important.

IEA’s credentials – why  learn from us?

The IEA offers in-depth international expertise  in energy efficiency policy accumulated through dedicated research and drawing  on the experience of its 29 member countries and numerous partner countries including China, India, Brazil, Russia, Mexico and South Africa. At the request of the Group of 8, the IEA developed in 2008 a set of 25 key energy efficiency policy recommendations across seven sectors. They are used as a reference for policy formulation and implementation globally and are regularly reviewed and updated by the IEA’s network of international experts.

Who will benefit from these modules?

These modules are targeted at:

  • Government officials involved in the development and implementation of energy efficiency policy.
  • Non-governmental stakeholders dealing directly or indirectly with energy efficiency policy.

What will participants gain?

After attending this course, participants will have an awareness of the complexities of energy efficiency policy design at the cross-sectoral and transport sector levels. They will also acquire basic knowledge of the types of tools at their disposal to address these complexities, as well as where to look for specific information in order to make informed decisions.

Module structure

Training Formats

Module Length

Group Size

  • Lectures, presentations and interactive discussions

  • Case Studies

  • Practical exercises - teams design and evaluate energy efficiency policies and develop policy impact assessment tools

  • Site visits

Cross-sectoral module: 3 days

Transport module:3 days

20 people