|A week of international energy management: Grant training course from the UNDP-GEF Project, "Building energy efficiency in the North-West of Russia"
The first grant training course from the UNDP-GEF Project, "Building energy efficiency in the North-West of Russia,” was held from July 17th to 22nd. The training was designed for professionals from developing countries and countries with economies in transition in the field of energy efficiency and energy conservation.
Participants, partners, consultants, and the experts of the UNDP-GEF Project, "Building energy efficiency in the North-West of Russia,” identified broad opportunities for the development of scientific and technical cooperation and exchange of experience in the field of energy. Experience, which was gathered in the process of implementing the project for capacity building in the field of education and training organization, provided the material to create the first grant training course. Specialists from developing countries and countries with economies in transition on energy efficiency and energy conservation were selected to participate in the training course, held from July 17th to 22nd, 2016 (Grant).
The announcement of the first educational grant attracted the attention of a much larger number of students, energy managers, engineers, environmentalists, young professionals, urban services, and representatives of city administrations than the course initially provided.
The course program was attended by specialists from Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Uzbekistan, Montenegro, Chile, Ecuador, Cape Verde, and Jamaica. It is noteworthy, that within six days of seminars and training courses for theoretical and practical aspects of energy management, young people from different countries and continents, previously unknown to each other, turned into like-minded colleagues.
On July 17, 2016, in Moscow, Manager of the UNDP-GEF Project, "Building energy efficiency in the zNorth-West Russia,” Vitaly Bekker, solemnly announced the beginning of the course, and soon thereafter summarized the results of the first command training: "Build an energy-efficient house.”
On the evening of the same day, the organizers and 12 members of the grant went to Pskov, which, it should be noted, was not chosen at random. The participants had an opportunity to have hands-on training with energy managers at engineering sites – pilot sites of the Project, "Building energy efficiency in the North-West of Russia,” located in the town of Ostrov in the Pskov region. In addition, they also visited JSC "Pskov communal systems,” where a modern system for energy management and energy monitoring, EMIS (EMIS), is being implemented to create a system of urban management for energy resources in the Pskov region, as one of the pilot areas of the Project.
The topics of the training included:
– theoretical and practical aspects in the organization of the system of energy monitoring and energy management (SEMM) on budgetary facilities;
– the basic actions for increasing energy efficiency (AEE) on objects of the budgetary sphere;
– energy service contracts in the public sector;
– practical work to determine the list of AEE for public buildings in the city of Pskov;
– practical steps to implement energy management in Croatia, implementation stages, methodology of implementation, key barriers and implementation problems, practical demonstration of the EMIS for objects of the budgetary sphere, etc.
The course was successfully completed by: Arthur Tsugunyan (Armenia), Vahram Jalalyan (Armenia), Nadezhda Lyaichenok (Belarus), Victoria Moroz (Belarus), Edna de Jesús Moreno Cardoso (Cape Verde), Robert Dixon (Jamaica), Yegor Zbrod'ko (Kazakhstan), Enrique Abdala Mojica Castillo (Mexico), Philip Strunjas (Montenegro), Bakhtiyor Gaziev (Uzbekistan), Leon Virgilio Gabor Gabor (Ecuador), Victoria Antonieta Moya Gallardo (Chile).
All participants received Certificates of advanced training within a joint Educational Grant Course of the ISEDC and the UNDP-GEF - ISEDC/UNDP-GEF Grant Training Course, Souvenirs, and most importantly, professional experience and new friends in Russia.
Vitaly Bekker, Andrey Dodonov, Maria Lukina-Lebedeva, Anna Krasnova, Pavel Murav'ev, Alexander Antonov, Marina Orlova, and Larisa Nozdracheva were always there for the members of the grant. Participation in the educational process of Marina Mastilica, the Croatian specialist of modern software for energy management and energy monitoring EMIS, joined organizers, consultants, and lecturers into an international team of highly qualified teachers.
Regional Energy Manager, Anna Krasnova, and Coordinator of the pilot sites in the Pskov region, Pavel Murav’ev, shared their practical experience with the grant's participants. During the work process, they taught them practical skills for technical inventory and monitoring of budgetary sphere objects, based on the example of School №7, named after V. N. Pushkareva, and MBPEI Kindergarten "RADUGA", located in the town of Ostrov.
Throughout the training period, teachers created conditions of maximum immersion in the course subject and actively applied the method of "team building" in order to ensure a high-quality education. In addition to the primary subject, there was a rich cultural component of the grant as well. After intensive training and excursion programs, the trainees where introduced to the sights and traditions of one of the oldest cities of Russia. Pskov left an unforgettable impression with its Pskov Kremlin, the Trinity Cathedral, a visit to the ancient Izborsk (fortress of the 14th century), Slovenian keys, Truvorov settlement, the Military-historical Museum, and the famous hanging bridges in the towns of Ostrov. Intensive training, goodwill, and mutual understanding became the basis for the creation of the international platform for the promotion and popularization of the main results of the UNDP-GEF Project, ”Building energy efficiency in the North-West of Russia.”
Developed within the course, methodical materials and practical guidance on technical inventory and monitoring were piloted. These products created additional conditions for further systemic implementation, promotion, and dissemination of the experience of experts and consultants of the Project, "Building energy efficiency in the North-West of Russia,” among young professionals in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe, and the CIS. Without a doubt, an international team of young practitioners was created in the process of conducting the first training grant with a strong interest in the promotion of experience and innovative ideas in the field of energy-efficient and energy-saving technologies. The participation in the activities of the Grant was an important event in the life of each of the twelve listeners.
In their questionnaires, the young professionals estimated the results of the course and its value for professional development at 8-10 points on a 10 point scale. The organizers and teachers, analyzing the successes and failures of the course, have already begun formulating a model for the next training course. This new model will also solve the problem of promotion, educational capacity building, and how to effectively demonstrate to international markets the successful experience of managers and leading experts on efficient technologies and solutions from implemented pilot objects of the UNDP-GEF Project, "Building energy efficiency in the North-West of Russia.” Most importantly, it will develop international cooperation in the field of energy, primarily in the interests of ensuring global energy security, energy efficiency, and conservation.