Energy Charter is a system of international agreements on energy markets, a political declaration, the intentions to promote energy cooperation between East and West. The Charter is an expression of the principles of international cooperation in the energy sector, based on common objectives to ensure a reliable energy supply and sustainable economic development.
The Energy Charter Secretariat organizes educational activities in order to ensure cooperation between all the parties concerned, who wish to be better informed about the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), common energy security and the actual possibilities of improving the investment climate in the energy sector.
The Energy Charter training courses already have hundreds of graduates.
The 8th session of the training programmes of the Energy Charter, held on 17-20 May 2016 in Krakow (Poland), was organized with the financial support of the International Visegrad Fund (the union of four countries: the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia).
Renowned international experts on energy and industrial matters presented a comparative analysis of international experience in the transformation of energy policies in view of the objectives of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change (COP21).
A highly specialized interactive training programme has been specifically designed for young professionals who participate in the development of public strategies of energy policy, experts on energy resources and investment of private companies, as well as researchers and other experts from non-governmental and scientific circles.
In the course of the training programme in Krakow, experienced experts in the energy sector have tried to exchange experiences and knowledge with young professionals, speaking on different topics related to the energy sector:
- transition to a low-carbon economy and more sustainable energy systems;
- the need to combine different types of renewable energy sources that complement each other in the process of generating “green” electricity;
- applicability test of the commitments made in Paris;
- providing regulatory stability to improve the investment attractiveness and reduce investment risks;
- changes in the cost of electricity in view of low oil prices;
- security of gas supplies from East to West in light of COP21;
- factors affecting the development of solar and wind energy;
- and others.
Besides discussing the factual topics, the training programme provided for the involvement of the participants in the simulation of negotiations on an investment agreement and a contract for delivery of electricity.
Detailed information on the activities of the educational training is available on the official website of the Energy Charter, and photo and video materials of the conducted lessons have been posted by the Secretariat of the organization on their page on the social network Twitter.