The development towards sustainability and resource efficiency of the Energy Sector is fundamental for meeting the EU2030 climate and energy targets and align the EU to the Paris Agreement. To support this process, training professionals in the energy sector as well as creating, supporting and developing a long-lasting network among energy providers, private companies and universities is crucial. In line with the key elements of the Innovation Union and the EU Higher Education Modernisation Agenda, the GrEnFIn Erasmus+/Knowledge Alliance project aims to provide the Energy Sector’s stakeholders (energy providers, private companies, research institutes,…) the figure of the Sustainable Energy experts professional, i.e. European high skilled professionals capable to face the changing challenges in the field with an inclusive global logic. Its main expected results are the development of an innovative Joint Master Degree in the Green Energy and Finance targeting young students, but also a Professional Module to train companies’ staff and experts already active in the labor market. GrEnFIn educational approach contributes to meet the European Commission High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance’s Final Report (January 2018) vision of sustainability and financial stability in Europe that highlights the importance of updating academic and professional curricula to increase financial literacy, and to provide corporate stakeholders with adequate education and training measures in sustainability.
On the one hand, the Joint Degree and the Professional Module will shape “high level professionals” that can blend technical issues on green energy and sustainable finance, quantitative analysis and topics in economic policy and business. The good professionals will be able to handles several issues concerning the green energy market, from production to distribution, as well as the knowledge of “green financial products” to foster a sustainability transformation of the energy sector. To this end, the role of companies in the GrEnFIn Alliance, as key market players, is crucial and structural in order to identify the specific needs and priorities of the job market and, consequently, to define the expected learning outcomes, the key competences and skills of the professional profile to be developed.
An Academy composed by students and professionals will run together 2 Summer Schools, 1 Summer Training and a Full Immersion Experience aimed to test a pilot professional module on green energy finance along with contents and methodologies of the new joint master particularly addressed to develop entrepreneurial, transversal and soft skills in green energy and finance. Moreover a pilot class will test the projected study path of the joint master degree in green energy finance.