When it comes to implementing energy efficiency projects in developing countries, the lack of practitioner skills can be a barrier. This is repeatedly identified through the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency’s direct engagement with governments around the world.
To support to the energy transition of developing economies and project implementation, the Copenhagen Centre supports the development of local technical and vocational training (TVET) for energy-efficiency related professionals, to enhance skills for faster, higher quality and more effective energy efficiency implementation.
Worldwide multiple training organisations are currently involved in TVET for energy efficiency. However, there is a gap in the actual training curricula and the skills needed on energy efficiency at the local level. With this project, the Copenhagen Centre seeks to bridge this gap, with the following outcomes:
- Enhance capacity and role of training institutions in effectively multiplying training, building on their institutional mandate and existing programmes;
- Create a network of high-quality trainers at regional and local levels with knowledge tools to deploy state-of-the-art energy efficiency techniques and solutions;
- Accelerate implementation and adoption of energy efficiency projects worldwide with a special focus on developing countries in the regions of UNIDO’s Global Network of Sustainable Energy Centres (GN-SEC) and the UNEVOC Network;
- Contribute to raise employment rates on energy efficiency professions and activities in developing countries;
- Induce greening of traditional and new professional skills;
- Provide long-term access to international expertise and collaborative development
- Accelerate the global rate of engagement between TVET institutions and the private sector on energy efficiency.
To achive these outcomes, the Copenhagen Centre will analyze skill sets of individuals responsible for delivery of energy-efficiency projects, and compare them to the specific skills required. This also includes analysis of how and when these skills were acquired.
Based on this analysis, the Copenhagen Centre will design a programme, working with technical institutes in Denmark, the private sector and, if required other countries, to bridge this competency gap. Local stakeholders will review and revise the curriculum of relevant programmes, with the help of technical institutes, to include energy-efficiency knowledge and skills development.
In addition, the Copenhagen Centre will liaise with technical institutes in Denmark and with in-country organisations, to facilitate the training of trainers and transfer of knowledge.