UNITAR Online Learning Programme on Renewable Energies for Developping Countries

20 September 2013. The energy sector is the biggest Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission producer. It is thus important to develop strategies to reduce energy related emissions to address climate change. In this regard, renewable energies are key. In order to enhance the capacity of local decision makers and energy and sustainable development officers to make an informed decision on which renewable energy technologies will meet their own needs or the needs of their countries and communities, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), in partnership with the International Training Centres for Local Actors (CIFAL) Scotland and Strathclyde University, have developped an online learning programme titled Renewable Energies for Developping Countries: Environmental Necessity - Economic Opportunity. The programme will take course will run from 30 September to 18 November 2013.

This online programme will give a comprehensive overview of renewable energy as a means to enable sustainable development in developing countries. It will present the case on how renewable energies represent at the same time an environmental necessity and an economic opportunity. Through a discussion of key benefits and suitability for a range of applications, together with extensive case studies, the programme aims to provide an overview of clean, secure and sustainable technology options for the development and offer insights into the management of renewable energy projects, from small scale, through to major projects.

The programme consists of the following 7 modules:

1. The Role of Energy in Society: A Global Perspective
2. Selecting a Sustainable Energy Solution
3. Elements of a Sustainable Energy Solution
4. Solar Energy and its Applications
5. Wind
6. Marine and Hydro
7. The Role of the Public and Private Sectors in Ensuring the Development of Low Carbon Energy Solutions

Learning activities are based on UNITAR's adult learning pedagogical principles. They are distributed in such a way to ensure the achievement of the learning objectives in a flexible manner: learning materials can indeed be consulted in a non-linear way so as to provide participants with a high degree of flexibility in choosing the learning pace that is the most adequate to them. Thus, participants are responsible for their own learning throughout the course. Recognised experts from the University of Strathclyde, a world leader in renewable energy, moderate the course. Each module aims to deepen the participant's skills and understanding as well as provide them with the opportunity to network and dialogue with other participants, sharing country specific experiences and good practice in sustainability issues.

The learning time is estimated to be about 5 hours per week. This includes study time (about 3 hours/week) and participation in collaborative activities (about 2 hours/week). Time dedicated to assessment activities is not taken into account in this estimation.

For more information, please contact e-learning@cifalscotland.org or visit: http://www.cifalscotland.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=231:cifal-online-courses&catid=1:forthcoming-programme.