Lifelong learning (LLL) for energy practitioners in small island developing states (SIDS): the pivotal role of education in energy efficiency and demand side management
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25 November 2022
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Climate change issue in SIDS is real and alarming. While shifting to more sustainable energy resources is a feasible option to curb down climate change impacts, there are still some barriers to overcome to do so. Energy efficiency is another option to mitigate climate change impacts. Past studies showed that energy efficiency is more effective through education and awareness. In the context of SIDS, their energy sector is characterised by poor electrification rates, high dependence on oil and less ability to cope with volatile oil prices and ironically, past studies showed that energy practitioners in SIDS, some if not most, have a lack of knowledge on energy issues in small island communities. Therefore, there is a need to train energy practitioners in SIDS who can hopefully contribute to transform SIDS energy sector into a sustainable and dynamic one. The aim of this study is to highlight the importance and barriers of educating energy practitioners on energy efficiency. In this study, in the foremost energy issues in SIDS are highlighted. The study is focussed on the need to achieve an energy efficient culture in a workplace and how it can be achieved through education. A proposed content on an energy efficiency programme is outlined. Issues and challenges for energy efficiency education is included and an opportunity to address these issues through global corporation is included. This study can help to refocus attention on energy efficiency in SIDS, and motivate energy practitioners to come up with energy efficiency practices at their workplaces.