Workshop on Renewable Energy and National Development

Program Date

21 Oct 25 Oct 2024

Program Location

Reykjavik, Iceland

Program Venue

Icelandair Hotel

Registration & Payment Deadline

31 Aug 2024

Program Introduction

Energy is an essential building block for the development of any country. Approximately 13% of the world’s population lacks access to modern energy sources. The vast majority of these people live in rural areas and the poorest regions of the globe. There are clear linkages between access to reliable energy services and engagement in income-generating activities. While energy is a definite prerequisite for poverty reduction and economic development, the expansion in its access should not indicate a deepening of environmental challenges. This is why there is a strong and urgent need to transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources.

Renewable energy refers to those sources that are naturally replenished and have minimal environmental impact. Clean sources such as solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal produce minimal GHG emissions and help reduce carbon footprint. In addition, they support energy security by diversifying the mix and reducing the reliance on fossil fuel imports.

Risalat has exclusively developed this workshop to help policymakers and development professionals design and implement effective strategies for advancing renewable energy agendas. The program’s primary goal is to bridge the gap between vital skills and core knowledge of clean energy use that can lay the foundation for sustainable national development.

Target Audience

This program is suitable for:

  • Members of relevant ministries
  • Employees of governmental departments and agencies engaged in energy management
  • Local authorities responsible for energy management
  • Policymakers involved in the development of the country’s energy policy
  • NGOs with a focus on energy management and sustainability
  • Private sector entities contributing to energy efficiency and transition to clean energy

Program Objectives

Upon the successful completion of this workshop, its attendees shall be able to:

  • Understand how energy powers development at different levels
  • Comprehend the rationale for advancing the use of renewable energy and the transition from fossil fuels
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of green energy policies countrywide
  • Demonstrate a deep understanding of renewable energy sources and their use in favor of country development
  • Analyze different funding alternatives for renewable energy projects
  • Engage various stakeholders and the community in a clean energy transition

Program Contents

First Day

  • Energy as a source of development
    • Economic growth
    • Human Development
    • Social Development
    • Employment Creation
    • Air Quality and Health
  • Energy access and security
  • The rationale for advancing renewable energy transition; Energy and Climate change
  • Productive use of energy, Resource availability, and long-term sustainability
  • Overview of different national and international energy policies

Second Day

  • Incentivizing and supporting renewable energy transition and use
  • Regulatory Considerations and Challenges with the Transition
  • Renewable energy technologies I
    • Solar Energy (PV Systems and CSP)
    • Wind Energy (Offshore and Onshore, Wind Farm Planning and Development)
    • Hydropower (Run-of-river, Reservoir, and Pumped Storage Systems)

Third Day

  • Renewable energy technologies II
    • Geothermal Energy (Power Plants and Heat Pumps; Geothermal Energy Exploration)
    • Bioenergy (Biomass, Biogas, Biofuels; Feedstocks and Conversion Technologies)
  • Grid Infrastructure
  • Smart Grid Technologies
  • Energy Storage Systems and Renewable Energy Integration

Fourth Day

  • Financing Clean Energy Projects
  • Financial Models and Project Evaluation
  • PPPs for Clean Energy
  • International Cooperation for Clean Energy Transition
  • Social and Community Engagement in Clean Energy Transition
  • Benefits sharing and equitable distribution of renewable energy resources

Fifth Day 

Panel Discussions and Exposure Visit

The last day of the program in Reykjavik will focus on hands-on practice and knowledge reinforcement. Throughout this ultimate session, program delegates will become actively involved in a multitude of thematic discussions, policy analyses, and case studies.

Diversified perspectives on clean energy policy development, implementation, and transition will be analyzed during the exposure visit. Panel speakers shall represent partner private and public organizations and government offices engaged in energy management and sustainability.

Program Methodology

The program focuses on developing practical skills and knowledge of renewable energy policy creation and implementation practices. The presentation, exercises, simulations, case studies, and discussion questions are explicitly tailored to professionals working on clean energy transition.

Proven adult-learning methodology and principles guide the entire process intending to maximize the effectiveness of the delivery and create a long-lasting impact. Practical exposure and focused discussions target enhancing real-life capabilities essential to driving a broader national development via sustainable energy provision.

Host Country Profile

Iceland has ample clean, renewable energy thanks to its unique geography and geology that provides hydro- and geothermal resources. According to the country’s government, about 85% of Iceland’s primary energy supply is derived from domestically produced renewable energy sources. This is the highest share of renewable energy in any national total energy budget.

Hydro plants power 73% of the country’s electricity, while the remainder owes to geothermal energy. The latter is the primary means of space heating, supplying 90% of households. The nation has been heavily promoting the use of green energy and reducing carbon footprint. The government has deep expertise in designing and implementing green energy policies accumulating since the 1960s.

Program Fee

Payment Options

Fee Covers

  • Visa Assistance (complimentary)

  • Participant Assessment

  • Airport Pickup

  • Accommodation

  • Wi-Fi

  • Welcome Dinner

  • Breakfast

  • Workshop Kit

  • Program Materials

  • Program Experts

  • Practical Activities

  • Lunch

  • Refreshments

  • Interactive workshop

  • City Map & Direction

  • Risalat T-shirt (complimentary)

  • Field Visit

  • Program Certificate

  • Entertaining Tour

  • Program Report