For the third time the training on energy efficiency for developing countries was conducted from June 12 to June 16, 2017 in Paris. This year more than 130 state officials, public figures and experts from more than 45 countries took part in this event.
The training program is prepared and conducted by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and is a key element of the Energy Efficiency in Emerging Economies (E4) program, which has supported developing countries in their efforts to expand and take advantage of energy efficiency since 2014.
Within the course of five days, the participants had the opportunity to comprehensively study the energy efficiency and its important role in meeting the growing demand for energy in emerging economies. To get acquainted with the best practices, discuss ways to formulate policies, develop rules and standards for energy efficiency in four areas, namely building construction, lighting and equipment, industry, transport.
At the opening of the event, the Ambassadors of Japan, Italy, Great Britain and India presented their experience on the development and implementation of energy efficiency policies in their countries.
Participants of the training were able to gain knowledge from the leading experts of the IEA, the European Commission, the United Nations, the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
The emphasis on energy efficiency is an important part of the IEA’s policy to expand relations with the emerging economies and the critical basis for the modernization policy, which was declared in 2015. It includes opening doors for the emerging economies such as China, India, Indonesia, Ukraine and others, and is also the basis for promoting clean energy technologies and energy efficiency. The IEA has established a global center for energy efficiency to specifically popularize and promote this topic.
In 2017, the IEA plans to conduct three more similar training courses in Singapore, Georgia and Rio de Janeiro, thereby providing training for more than 500 people from 70 countries. The organizers of these trainings plan to form a global expert community, supported by the IEA, by creating a new online platform to maintain constant communication with participants of the trainings.
Studying the experiences of other countries and transferring knowledge on successful energy efficiency practices and policies are critical to achieving a transition to the sustainable energy development. The share of global energy use, which is covered by mandatory performance standards for vehicles, equipment, industry and buildings, has grown to about 30% in 2015, compared to 10% in 2000.
One of the participants of this training in Paris was Oleg Tsilvik, the Executive Director of the International Standardization Academy (ISA), an Associate professor of the Odessa State Academy for Technical Regulation and Quality. Since the end of 2015, the ISA, within the framework of the agreement with the United Nations Environment Program, is implementing the Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) in Ukraine, where one of the partners is the IEA. The goal of this project is to reduce emissions from the light-duty vehicle fleet and reduce their negative impact on the environment.