Sustainable Energy Solutions: Technologies, Trends and Policy Options

Ljubljana, Slovenia | 18 – 26 November 2014

2014-07-17 15_37_12-slovenia_energysolutions_2014.pdf - Adobe ReaderBetween the 18 and 26 November 2014, the UNIDO Institute for Capacity Development conducted its second professional development programme on “Sustainable Energy Solutions: Technologies, Trends and Policy Options”. It took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Attracting over 1600 applications, the nine-day event brought together 25 participants from all over the world. It addressed some of the key issues pertaining to sustainable energy and sought to convey an in-depth understanding of energy policy, technology and financing as planning tools for developing sustainable energy systems.

The course provided participants with the opportunity to familiarize themselves with current and expected trends in sustainable energy solutions and to reflect on practical, innovative and cost effective ways to address sustainability problems within the energy industry and energy systems.

In the framework of the course, participants were challenged to:

  • identify the main global energy challenges and opportunities, as well as the nexus between energy and climate change;
  • gain a thorough understanding of energy issues from a multidimensional point of view;
  • learn about best practices in energy policy, best available technologies and effective financing options; and
  • prioritize different policymaking options to develop business models for the promotion of sustainable energy systems
  • interact with colleagues and contrast experiences

Speakers included experts from UNIDO, the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st century (REN21), the International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA) and the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative.

Sessions consisted of lectures, discussions, case studies and peer presentations. Furthermore, the programme was rounded up by two field trips to the Eco-Energy-Land at the European Center for Renewable Energies (ERE) in Güssing, Austria as well as a visit to Jožef Stefan Institute in Ljubljana, where participants were given an insight into projects and technological innovations in the field of Renewable Energies from a practical point of view.

 Course faculty

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