Despite ongoing efforts, the development and implementation of energy efficiency policy is not well-articulated in the OECS region and further work is needed to derive the maximum benefits in this area. Energy efficiency can be viewed as the most effective, least polluting and most readily accessible energy sustainability option. It can assist the region in simultaneously addressing the increased demand for energy for development on the one hand, and the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from energy use on the other. The successful pairing of energy efficiency measures when undertaking renewable energy projects can reduce the size and costs of the projects helping to optimize the results.
Furthermore, human capacity development is needed throughout the energy efficiency in buildings value chain within the OECS. Thus, certification in energy management of key personnel at the national level from an internally recognized accreditation body will help create a national resource with the right technical skills and recognition to facilitate the necessary changes in energy efficiency. This cadre of trained and certified persons can be further expanded by facilitating adapted energy management training for various levels at the national level. These trained persons would be expected to enter into an agreement to conduct and report on additional energy audits and energy survey building continuity for the ETC project.
This would ultimately result in an active community of energy managers for the OECS who can share best practices and lessons learnt for the whole region. In the selection on persons for the training consideration will be given to ensure gender considerations and equitable access to youth.
The purpose of the training is to build capacities through the set- up of a sustainable training system for skilled human resources in the area of energy management for the OECS:
- build capacities through the set-up of a sustainable training system for skilled human resources in the area of energy management;
- to provide structured training and training material to facilitate a training system in energy management in both the public and private sectors;
- to develop local availability of practical energy know-how and increased environmental awareness, which would subsequently increase and support management action to improve energy efficiency in different areas of the economy.
This training will benefit the six (6) independent OECS Member States of Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
The training programme provides structured training and training material to facilitate a training system in energy management in both the public and private sectors.
- Module 1 : Subjects of the training courses are (modules):
- Module 2 : Introduction, methodology
- Module 3 : Development of energy efficiency strategies and master plans
- Module 4 : Energy management in buildings
- Module 5 : Energy audits
- Module 6 : Renewable energies
- Module 7 : Financing of energy efficiency
- Module 8 : Methods of project development
- Step 1 : Preparation of the training programme
- Step 2 : Implementation of training programme
- Step 3 : Feedback and evaluation of the training programme
- Step 4 : Dissemination of the “key findings (or lessons learnt)” of the programme