Online Course - Renewable Energies for Sustainable Developement

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8 Oct 2018
Gaia Education, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), University of Strathclyde

On 8 October 2018 the Gaia Education, UNITAR and the University of Strathclyde is offering an online training course on "Renewable Energies for Sustainable Development". The course lasts for 8 weeks, giving a comprehensive overview of renewable energy as a means to enable sustainable development at a global scale. 



Energy is the golden thread that connects economic growth, increases social equity and an environment that allows the world to thrive. Development is not possible without energy and sustainable development is not possible without sustainable energy.

This online programme will present the case for how renewable energies represent both an environmental necessity and an economic opportunity. 

The programme supports the UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative (SE4ALL), which aims to provide universal access to modern energy services and double the worldwide rate of improvement in energy efficiency and the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix. Energy underpins all of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which this course is also closely aligned with.

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 of renewable energy projects, and offer insights into the management of these projects, from small-scale through to major projects.



This course, offered in collaboration with Strathclyde University and UNITAR, aims to enhance the capacity of local decision makers, energy/sustainable development officers and other personnel to make an informed decision on which renewable energy technologies will meet their own needs or the needs of their countries, communities, villages or neighbourhoods.

The programme’s key focus aligns with the SE4All objective; to provide sustainable energy to over 1 billion people in developing countries. However, the course recognises that renewable energies are integral to the sustainable future of any country (regardless of the economic situation). This course, therefore, delivers comparisons and case studies for both developing and industrialised countries. Through a broad and holistic syllabus scope, the course develops the ground knowledge and skills to enable the participants to place their energy projects within the global energy climate.



The course is open to those in the business, non-profit, public and academic sectors who wish to install renewable energy systems in both urban and rural settings or make their contribution to reducing carbon emissions through energy efficiency and the use of sustainable energy sources. The course aims to provide delegates with a high-level understanding of the key issues as well as sufficient technical insights to allow them to make informed decisions about technology choices.

  • Sustainable Development Officers
  • Energy Officers
  • Strategic Managers of Planning and Environmental Services
  • Community Planning Officers
  • Local Authority Representatives
  • Policymakers and Regulators
  • Development Officers
  • Social and Economic Development Officers
  • Entrepreneurs and private sector players who want to assess opportunities and develop strategies.


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