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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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The Renewable Heat Incentive

Technicians working in the classroom EEC
As part of the European Galileo Project you can become a Renewable Heat Incentive industry expert by completing the RHI Expert Pathway Certificate. Successful participants of the RHI Pathway gain the internationally recognised Galileo Master Certificate and the RHI Expert Certificate. Courses available as part of the RHI expert learning pathway include Biomass, Combined Heat and Power, Heat Pumps and Solar Water Heating. The UK has made a legal commitment to meeting 15% of “energy demand from renewable sources by 2020” (Gov.UKa, 2013). As part of which, the Renewable Heat Incentive [RHI], “the world’s first long-term financial support programme for renewable heat”, is part of government policy to increase the amount of energy generated from renewable sources (Gov.UKb, 2013).
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EEC Partner IRELP is organising a Photo Competition that you can be involved in!

IRELP Photo Competition
Submit your best renewable energy photo to the IRELP Photo Competition! The winner will receive exclusive merchandise from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) as well as the opportunity to have their photo displayed on the IRELP website. The European Energy Centre (EEC), global leader in renewable energy training and host of the 15th EU European Conference with UNITED NATIONS (UNEP), has announced they have entered into a partnership with the Abu Dhabi based IRENA Renewable Energy Learning Partnership (IRELP), who are funded and supported by governments of 160 countries worldwide, on a number of projects aimed at improving renewable energy education in Europe and across the world.
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The Green Deal – The Energy Efficiency Scheme launched by the British Government

Energy Efficiency Chart
Background The United Kingdom has set itself the target of reducing carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 (A, p.4). Within this context the UK will have 85% of its current housing stock in 2050 and there is a need to improve the energy efficiency of these homes in the face of rising energy costs (A, p.4). Emissions from buildings account for “43% of the UK’s total greenhouse gas emissions” (B) and fuel poverty, where a household have to spend over 10% of their income on energy for heating, is emerging as a pressing social issue with over five million households currently affected (C, p.5). In…
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EEC Alumnus Spotlight – Eleonora Nicoletti

Eleonora Nicoletti, EEC participant
In this section, we focus on the achievements of those who have attended EEC courses and those who have attained the internationally recognised Galileo Master Certificate (GMC) to establish their careers in the renewable energy industry. This month, the EEC talks to Eleonora Nicoletti who is an Architect and PhD Researcher at the University for the Creative Arts. Eleonora has studied through the EEC's distance learning platform to become a Solar Energy Expert Consultant.
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Global Round Tables UNEP-EEC

Global Round Tables UNEP-EEC
The European Energy Centre (EEC) works with the United Nations UNEP in order to promote knowledge sharing and best practice in the Renewable Energy Industry. The EEC and the United Nations jointly delivered the Global Round Tables and the final report from this is now available to download, alongside presentations and information sheets. Topics covered included Clean Energy Hybrid Mini-Grids in Remote Areas; Policy Risk Insurance Mechanism; Finance for Access to Clean Environmental Technologies (FACET) and Energy Efficiency for Buildings.
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Free Courses on Renewable Energy

Renewable Electrics training course
THE GALILEO PROJECT – The European Energy Centre (EEC) has won European funding to train individuals and professionals in renewable energy, allowing them to gain the Galileo Master Certificate. The courses are open to the general public, individuals and companies from all backgrounds. Taught by renowned university lecturers and leading experts with both practical and theoretical expertise, the courses have been running at major universities around the UK and Europe for the past 36 years. The acknowledged quality of the respected Galileo Master Certificate (GMC) has been fundamental in securing the European funding from numerous organisations; including collaborations with universities and Centro Studi Galileo. The GMC has been recognised as a highly effective…
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Renewable Energy Conference Urges Immediate Action

EEC Summit
Organised by the European Energy Centre EEC, the United Nations Environment Programme UNEP, Terre Policy Centre and the International Institute of Refrigeration IIR the 14th European Conference was held at the leading Scottish Universities of Heriot-Watt and Edinburgh Napier University; and it attracted delegates from 11 countries including from the Indian Subcontinent who came to exchange practical and concrete solutions for a fast conversion to a fossil-fuel-free society. During the conference, Rajendra Shende warned delegates that there is not enough time to wait for new policy as a driver for taking action against climate change. Instead, he urged local initiatives to create their own grassroots-type summit by strengthening collaborative, cross-sector partnerships between business and academia.
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