Professional Certificate in Strategic Sustainable Energy Planning

  • 26th - 28th September 2022
  • Virtual Learning

Course Overview

A recent UNDP report stated 'Sustainable energy deeply influences people’s lives and is an engine for poverty alleviation, social progress, women and youth empowerment, equity, enhanced resilience, economic growth and environmental sustainability'.

With the UN General Assembly establishing the ‘UN Decade on Sustainable Energy for All 2014-2024’ there is a growing recognition that sustainable and reliable energy planning is essential for long-term development. External factors such as political instability and climate change have altered the energy landscape and organisations must adapt to these new environments to achieve long-term energy security and reliable access. This course will cover recent technical and theoretical developments in the field and will provide participants with a thorough understanding of how to implement effective sustainable energy action plans.

Participants will be trained through discussions with leading actors in the sector to identify, assess and utilise sustainable energy sources in developing plans for national or local consumption. Alongside knowledge of traditional energy sources, training will be given on new and renewable sources of energy, how viable these are for individual countries and how they can be incorporated into planning. The programme will spend time focussing on energy poverty and access, ensuring factors are incorporated into energy strategies whilst providing participants with the tools to generate effective monitoring and evaluation mechanisms.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course the delegates will be able to:

  • Analyse multiple and multi-scalar sources of sustainable energy and their relationship to provision and access
  • Integrate key sustainable energy issues with planning strategies
  • Assess and evaluate energy sources and their sustainability
  • Examine how to facilitate technology transfer

How You Will Benefit

  • The opportunity to gain an internationally recognised professional qualification
  • Hear the latest insights, research and developments in energy planning from leading experts
  • Network and share ideas with colleagues from around the world
  • Enhance your skills and knowledge in the management of energy plans and projects

How Will My Employer Benefit?

  • Value for money
    Investing in training that comes with professional recognition
  • Return on investment
    Demonstrably better quality outcomes through an up-skilled workforce
  • More proficient management
    Leadership within the organisation, with associated benefits of improved service delivery and greater productivity
  • Improved employee morale
    Leading to reduced staff turnover, greater stability, and less need to spend money on externally recruiting new managers and leaders
  • Immediate results
    Skills you learn are immediately applicable in the workplace, because of our tailor-made approach


Professional Certificate in Strategic Sustainable Energy Planning

Day One: Monday

09:00 Registration and Refreshments  
09:45 Chair’s Introduction and Delegates Introductions
Delegates Introductions
Introduction to the week’s agenda
What do we mean by ‘Sustainable Energy Planning’?
Key aims for the coursetestimonial
10:15 International and Regional Energy Initiatives
Who are the major actors?
Past and present initiatives on sustainable energy planning
How effective have these initiatives been?
Looking ahead post 2015
11:30 Morning coffee  
11:45 Geopolitics of Energy Security
Energy as a source of political control
Fragility and interdependence of energy market
Considering the impact of renewable energies
Role of sustainable energy and international climate change regime
13:15 Lunch  
14:00 Recent Developments
Advancements in the field of renewables
Technological and efficiency considerations
New requirements and regulations
New political realities and their impact on energy
New sources of energy?
15:00 Afternoon Tea  
15:15 Regulatory Mechanisms in the Energy Sectors
Considering regulatory mechanisms and role in strategic aims
Reducing carbon intensity through regulation
Accountability mechanisms
16:15 Questions and Discussion  
16:30 Close  

Day Two: Tuesday

09:30 Refreshments  
09:45 Chair Welcome and Recap  
10:00 Energy Poverty and Access
Global facts and figures
Providing modern energy services to everyone
How is energy poverty defined?
Delivering access to basic modern energy for the poor
Sustainability of energy access
11:15 Morning Coffee  
11:30 The Energy-Poverty-Climate Nexus
How these three factors interlink
Climate creating risks for energy infrastructure
Incorporating climate change adaptation into energy plans
13:00 Lunch  
13:45 Case Studies
Community led renewable energy initiatives
15:00 Afternoon Tea  
15:15 Tackling Challenges to Sustainable Energy Service Delivery
Building effective dialogue and partnerships
Ensuring the flow of information
Establishing monitoring and evaluation systems
Ensuring financial sustainability
Tackling corruption, funds management and security issues
Stimulating innovation and creating markets
16:15 Questions and Discussion  
16:35 Close  

Day Three: Wednesday

09:30 Refreshments  
09:45 Chair Welcome and Recap  
10:00 Energy Delivery Models for Development
Effects of subsidies
Up-front cost barriers
Rural and urban systems
11:15 Morning coffee  
11:30 Technology Transfer to Developing Countries
Methods of supporting low-carbon transitions
Analysing role of international and national policies
12:45 Lunch  
13:30 Stakeholders
Who are the key stakeholders in your region?
Building support from stakeholders
How to engage in stakeholder participation
Mobilising civil society
14:45 Afternoon tea  
15:00 Financing Sustainable Energy Planning
Who are the key stakeholders?
Most relevant funding schemes
Public-private partnerships
16:15 Questions and Discussion  
16:30 Close  

Day Four: Thursday

09:30 Refreshments  
09:45 Chair Welcome and Recap  
10:00 Implementation of Strategic Methods to Introduce Energy Efficiency
Technical potential for improved energy efficiency
The economics of energy efficiency
The unintended consequences of improved energy efficiency
Carbon credits and cap-and-trade systems
11:30 Morning Coffee  
11:45 Developing a Strategic Sustainable Energy Action Plan Part One
Maintaining a strategic and sustainable approach throughout
What are the key elements to a good energy strategy?
The interplay: energy, economics and the environment
How these can be incorporated into a sustainable energy plan
12:30 Lunch  
13:15 Developing a Strategic Sustainable Energy Action Plan Part Two
Developing a participatory approach to your action plan
Organising multi-stakeholder actions across all relevant sectors of the economy
Political commitment
Communicating the strategy
14:45 Afternoon tea  
15:00 Developing a Strategic Sustainable Energy Action Plan Part Three
What are the key opportunities and challenges for your organisation?
Workshop: How would this work in your organisation?
16:15 Questions and Discussion  
16:30 Close  

Day Five: Friday

09:30 Refreshments  
09:45 Chair Welcome and Recap  
10:00 Monitoring and Evaluation
Setting ambitious, yet realistic, targets
Implementation and reporting
Regular monitoring using relevant indicators
Evaluation mechanisms
Adopting corrective measures if necessary
11:15 Morning Coffee  
11:30 Chartered Management Institute Criteria
Structuring a written piece of work for assessment
Generic overview and principles
Structuring these two specific pieces of work to demonstrate all the assessment criteria
Blending energy planning content into these structures
12:30 Final Questions and Discussion
Discussion over lessons learnt and how to apply these
Evaluation forms and group photograph
13:00 Lunch and Course Close