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IRENA Community Launch

latest UN Summit in Bangkok on Montreal Protocol MOP22 Source: UNEP OzonAction
We are pleased to announce that IRENA, an intergovernmental partner of the European Energy Centre (EEC), has launched an exciting new tool, the IRENA Community. The purpose of the Community is to promote engagement and interaction in the Renewable Energy industry. The Community offers any member of the public with an interest in renewables the opportunity to directly engage with the Agency, the IRENA Community is a forum for discussion on topics ranging from renewable energy finance, policy, economics, education, careers, technology and sustainability.
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Environmental Education for new generations

Renewable Energy Educating new generations
Today, as population rises and resources are consumed and reduced, greater environmental sensitivity is necessary and crucial. People concerned with the environmental future have to face the challenge of educating the public about the problems facing our world, raising awareness of environmental issues and creating an understanding of them, due to the imperative need for change. Environmental education: a long-term solution The long-term solution to environmental problems is the environmental education. It is harder for adults to adapt and change than it is for younger people who are still searching for the ideals and principles they wish to follow…
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UK Offshore Wind

Offshore wind turbines
The UK will have to face several challenges over the next twenty years. The country will have to deal with the increasing global competition for resources responding to the demand of reducing its carbon footprint, minimising increases in energy bills, substituting an important proportion of its electricity generation capacity and improving the security of energy supply. A way to solve these issues would be to set a portfolio using a range of different renewable and low-carbon energy production technologies. What balance should be used in this approach is still an argument of discussion; however, as suggested in the Building an industry 2013 report by RenewableUK and BVG Associates, offshore wind is certain to be a key technology in the future if there would be improvements in the cost of energy.
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Electric Vehicles And Their Impacts On Generation And Distribution System

Training and Qualifications in Renewable Energy topics
One of the main priorities of the UK Government is to reduce its GHG emissions by at least 34% by 2020 and 80% by 2050 from 1990 levels, according to the Climate Change Act (2008). The Carbon Plan (December 2011) outlines the actions that needed to be taken in order for the government to achieve the emissions reductions that it is committed to [1]. The UK transport sector has a crucial role to play in meeting the targets since it heavily relies on fossil fuels and...
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Training Course Survey Results

Obtain the internationally recognised Galileo Master Certificate (participants have to pass the course exam).
In September 2013, as an Independent Professional Body for Education in the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Sectors, the European Energy Centre (EEC) commissioned a survey on the organisation's training courses. The survey was distributed to a random selection of past participants on the organisation’s training courses. The results of the survey found that over 95% of participants would recommend the EEC training courses to a friend or complete another course themselves whilst over 80% believe the course to significantly benefit their job or career prospects.
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Fracking vs. Renewables?

Shale gas extraction
Learn about energy options on the Renewable Energy Solutions Course. For more information email [email protected] or phone (UK) 0131 446 9479 The issue of ‘Hydraulic Fracturing’ or ‘Fracking’ for short, is currently receiving a great deal of media attention and has been seen as both a panacea to concerns about energy availability and prices domestically and internationally and conversely as an ecologically damaging, polluting and unnecessary industry. Renewable energy technologies are also often seen in very binary terms; as either an ecological panacea or as money making scams that damage landscapes. The issue of…
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How much do you know about Renewable Energy?

How much do you know about Renewable Energy?
The European Energy Centre (EEC), which is an Independent Educational Body for the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Sectors, has produced this info-graphic in order to help individuals find out the best options for them when it comes to learning about the Renewable Energy Industry. From engineering, finance and law to design and consultancy, knowing about the Renewable Energy Industry can help progress careers across many sectors. Options include specific technology focusses, over-arching Renewable Energy courses and courses on how to handle Renewable Energy Management and Finance.
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Major Renewable Energy Professional Membership Programme Launched

MAJOR RENEWABLE ENERGY PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP PROGRAMME LAUNCHED
The EEC Accredited Centre has announced the launch of the new Global Membership Programme for professionals and students to gain recognition in the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Sector. The Programme rewards members who show a continuous commitment to professional development within the industry with the title of Mastership in Renewable Energy. The Programme responds to research calling for a better skilled workforce in order to meet the EU 2020 energy efficiency targets, undertaken by Build Up Skills UK, and it is operated by a global leader in Renewable Energy training, the European Energy Centre (EEC). The Membership Programme aims to build on…
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Overcoming the Renewable Energy Skills gap

EEC training course, Renewable Electrics
New training opportunities for career progression launched to combat growing concerns over the lack of skilled professionals. Renewable Electricity generation increased by 58% between the 2nd quarter of 2012 and the same period in 2013. This, added to the fact that Renewable Energy is being seen as a viable alternative to avoid future energy crises, means that there is an ever increasing need for a skilled workforce to meet the needs of this rapidly growing sector. There are a number of courses available as part of expert pathway programmes offered by the European Energy Centre which have been created in…
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The Energy Bill & The EEC Perspective

The meeting lead to a Skills Alliance to support green jobs
A piece of legislation is currently going through the UK Parliament that has been described as “probably the most significant development in the UK’s energy market since privatisation in 1989” (Pinsent Masons, 2013). The ‘Energy Bill’ covers a comprehensive range of aspects of energy policy across the UK, such as making provision for the setting of a decarbonisation target with the purpose of reforming the electricity market to promote the generation of low carbon electricity and addressing issues of security of supply. The bill also tackles the subject of nuclear power, government infrastructure – for instance government pipe-line and storage…
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