Renewable energy course conducted by UNIDO and Politecnico of Milan
COMO, Italy, 28 February 2014 – Some twenty PhD-level students from ten countries took part in a course on “Renewable energies for unleashing sustainable development in low and middle income economies”, organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), that ended in the Italian city of Como today.
The five-day course was designed as part of a partnership between UNIDO, the Politechnico di Milano, one of Europe’s leading engineering universities, the United Nation’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and Fondazione Cariplo, an Italian foundation specializing in sustainable development.
“Renewable energy is a key factor in achieving inclusive and sustainable industrial development. The partnership with the Politecnico di Milano through this high-level course contributes to the creation of the necessary capacities and knowledge for a sustainable future,” said Diego Masera, Chief of UNIDO’s Renewable and Rural Energy Unit.
Masera added that the course was designed with a focus on a more inclusive sustainable future, and presented energy as a central element of development and renewables as a key condition for sustainable development.
Participants at the course examined the technical, economic and policy conditions necessary for the successful deployment of renewable energy, and ways of more equitably distributing resources in developing regions. They discussed grid and off-grid access to electricity, renewable energy applications in industry, business models for distributed energy generation and policy design for sustainable energy solutions.
In addition to lectures, participants worked on practical project examples which they presented during the course.
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Chief, UNIDO Renewable and Rural Energy Unit