Training programme on sustainable energy solutions opened in Groningen

Groningen, the Netherlands | 30 November 2016

csm_20161130JHZ-UNIDO_EAE9194_75aefbf845The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), in collaboration with the Energy Academy Europe (EAE) today launched a joint training programme, called Sustainable Energy Solutions 2016, in Groningen, the Netherlands.

Some 25 policymakers and ministerial officers from developing countries including Brazil, Botswana, China, Egypt, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Nigeria, Tanzania and Ukraine, will attend the eight-day-long training programme, which aims to enhance their understanding of innovative energy solutions.

The programme will address key issues related to energy policy, technology and financing for the development of sustainable energy systems. It will provides participants with an opportunity to familiarize themselves with current and expected trends in sustainable energy solutions, as well as to reflect on practical, innovative and cost effective ways to address the issue of sustainability in the energy industry.

The courses will offer a dynamic mix of lecture-based and interactive sessions. A field trip to the Dutch island of Ameland which is piloting a 100% self-sufficient energy system is also included.

At the opening ceremony, Andre Faaji, Academic Director of EAE stated that this training is the first of its kind organized in collaboration between the two organizations. He also highlighted how the region around Groningen is currently at the core of a great transformation towards renewable energy sources.

Adot Killmeyer-Oleche, Chief of UNIDO’s Institute for Capacity Development, stressed the importance of fostering a rapid transition towards sustainable energy solutions, particularly in developing countries.  She further expressed the hope for an expansion of joint activities with EAE.

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