Energy security is described by the International Energy Agency as:
“The uninterrupted physical availability of energy at a price which is affordable, while respecting environmental concerns.”
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has highlighted the fragile state of energy security for many countries across the globe. Combined with increased demand following the pandemic, there has been a subsequent sharp rise in energy costs that have also brought the issue down to a personal level as an increasing number face fuel poverty. While the UK government’s immediate response has been to provide financial assistance to families and businesses struggling with higher energy bills, greater long-term thinking is also required. In the UK, as in many other countries, renewed focus has been placed on reducing energy imports, transitioning away from oil and gas, improving energy efficiency, and improving resilience, especially around cybersecurity.
Learners will be trained through discussion and lectures with leading actors in the sector to further understand the current energy security context, how energy security policy can be improved, and how transition away from fossil fuels to other forms of energy sources can be achieved. The course will also look at cybersecurity and its role in protecting critical energy infrastructure, and what steps can be taken to improve cybersecurity. The course will help stakeholders think about the key aspects of energy security – reliability, dependency, and vulnerability – whilst thinking about how it affects individuals and how it matches decarbonisation targets.
By the end of this course delegates will be able to: