ENEPLAN: Developing skills in the field of integrated Energy Planning in MED landscapes


​​ENEPLAN project addresses the lack of interdisciplinary approaches to energy planning by focusing on the enhancement of capacities of future professionals. Quite often, higher educational institutions (HEI) provide skills and competencies in renewable energy sources (RES), energy, planning and landscape as separate specializations, limiting the potential of an integrated approach. Moreover, energy efficiency strategies are often simplistically traced to a mere list of technologies, while their elaboration should re​quire the integrated development of technical skills and environmental and landscape sensitivities (especially in ecologically valuable contexts). These integrated skills need to be developed within a dedicated HE program. Hence, the project aims at developing collaborative open education resources (OER), which can be used to improve capacities of teachers, students and researchers in sustainable energy planning and to foster collaboration among HEI, research institutions, public administration and businesses. The project consortium involves 18 partners who provide significant contributions according to their perspective and specific expertise: universities, research centers and energy agencies. AUB takes part in this project through Professor Yaser Abunnasr from the Department of Landscape and Ecosystem Management at the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences. The consortium has accomplished several workshops in different countries to develop educational tools for integrated energy planning. These tools were tested with 90 students from Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan in a workshop held in Amman in February 2018. Ten AUB students from four different disciplines and backgrounds, two from landscape architecture (LDEM), ​participated in this workshop. The final conference of the project will be held at AUB on September 11-12, 2018. Stay tuned for more ENEPLAN news.