South-South Trilateral Cooperation Partnership Supports Training on Energy Need Assessment

March 19, 2021

A four-day Energy Need Assessment Training was held from March 15th-18th,2021, virtually and in Addis Ababa to prepare Ethiopian experts to apply a standardized methodology to undertake energy need assessment, facilitate knowledge and skills sharing by sharing experiences between China and Ethiopia to promote the SDGs and strengthen South-South Cooperation (SSC).

The training was co-hosted by the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy of Ethiopia (MoWIE) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), China Agricultural University (CAU), and Administrative Centre for China’s Agenda 21 (ACCA 21), as part of the Ethiopia-China-Sri-Lanka Biogas, Biomass and Solar Trilateral Cooperation Project.

More than 30 participants were engaged in the cooperative training event, including government officials and experts from MoWIE and Ethiopian regional energy bureaus as well as from UNDP Ethiopia, UNDP China, CAU and ACCA21.

Over the four days, the training provided participants with practical knowledge and skills with a focus on project background, biogas engineering and greenhouse gas emission reduction, biomass combustion, solar energy utilization, and energy demand assessment methodology and application.

Through efforts to leverage experiences from China and strengthen capacity building for Ethiopian experts under the framework of SSC, UNDP hopes that the valuable information and skills can be applied in energy need assessment activities and also confidently shared with peer experts and officials in Ethiopia.

The training is part of a wider Ethiopia-China-Sri-Lanka Biogas, Biomass, and Solar Trilateral Cooperation Project. The project helps establish a mechanism for South-South and Trilateral Cooperation on renewable energy technology.