Green Energy and Low-Carbon Development

Course dates: 2 weeks, September 5-16, 2016
Country: All
Type of learning event: Interdisciplinary course
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Doubling the rate of energy efficiency and scaling up the use of renewable energy are integral to the global ‘green growth’ agenda, as reflected in the UN’s SE4ALL targets. A wide array of factors can facilitate an increase in renewable energy supply and energy efficiency actions (collectively termed “green energy”) contributing to a low-carbon development such as: an increasing global interest in focusing on SME development; diverse portfolio of commercially viable low-carbon technologies; “Carbon Footprint” as a marketing strategy; and accessing finance for renewable energy investments.

The potential of private sector involvement in green energy and low carbon development is still relatively under-developed and under-stimulated. However, this is changing with energy sector reforms aiming to engage large companies as well as small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and non-state actors. This has led to new market opportunities. At the same time, an increasing international focus on climate change mitigation has been followed by financing mechanisms for low-carbon development involving private sector players.

The course will cover relevant energy technologies, different technical service providers, market and financial mechanisms including Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) to enable participants to build new private or public-private partnerships. Participants will learn about enabling frameworks and business opportunities related to both the supply and use of green energy, as a means to reduce CO2 emissions per unit of economic activity. Moreover, they will be supported in their efforts to develop and apply new ideas into realistic actions plans for business and policy making.

Target Group
The course is intended for public and private managers, entrepreneurs and NGO decision makers, seeking to learn about enabling frameworks and green growth business opportunities within a growing and partly liberalised energy sector and domestic and global carbon markets. Each participant will develop a green energy and low carbon development action plan and it is expected that participants are able to make use of their action plans upon returning to their work place.

Entry Profile

  • Within the target group
  • Good working knowledge of English
  • Computer literacy
  • Affiliation with a Danida supported activity


  • The challenges of green energy and low carbon development
  • Waste to energy technology
  • Low carbon development: mechanisms for public-private cooperation
  • Market and financing mechanisms
  • Business opportunities


Course Goals
The development objective of the course is that climate considerations are effectively integrated into business and national development strategies in general and Danida’s programmes in particular.  The Immediate Objective is that all course participants apply new ideas into realistic action plans for business development and/or enabling frameworks for public-private partnerships, with the aim of investing in green energy and low-carbon development.

Two weeks

Course Outcome

This course will enable the participants to gain an understanding of:

  • International discussions on climate change as a common context for green energy and low carbon development
  • The international mechanisms to mitigate climate change, including the role of carbon markets
  • The strengths and weaknesses of the most relevant green energy technologies for developing countries
  • The basic elements of enabling frameworks for various green technologies and some of the main trade-offs between possible measures
  • The concept and the three constraints of design thinking, the building blocks of a business model and the process of designing value propositions for customer segments
  • How to design, evaluate and implement a business model
  • International discussions on the use of waste as an energy resource
  • The mechanisms that leads to sustainable waste management and how waste can be an important factor in the renewable energy future
  • How to identify sources and vehicles of financing targeting climate resilience, e.g. mitigation and adaptation
  • The fundamental criteria and risks for sources of climate-related financial flows


The course is co-funded by the Danida Capacity Development Support Programme. After selection of course participants, the Danida programmes/projects are charged a non-refundable amount of DKK 3,500 per participant per tutorial week. Total funding needs are DKK 7,000 per participant. This includes study fees, accommodation, allowances, insurances and international transport.

Place of Study
UNEP DTU Partnership, Copenhagen (