1 ICH 2019 International Course Programme Gaining through Training
2 About ICH Hydropower and renewable energy specialists and professionals across the globe are faced with challenges brought on by competition of water resources, the onset of climate change and growing energy demands. In 2019, International Centre for Hydropower (ICH) is offering a range of courses to address these challenges and contribute to the sustainable development of hydropower and other renewable energies. ICH s courses are built on overarching concepts related to planning, construction and operation of hydropower and renewable energy facilities as part of a mixed energy system, as well as multipurpose projects. Our courses question current international trends on restructuring the power sector, focusing on economic and financial aspects, climate change and environmental and social issues. Our lecturers and resource persons bring their international experience to the classroom and are well-known specialists within their field. Mark Your Calendars WEEK Due Diligence in Renewable Energy Projects II - Extended WEEK 19 Prevention and Administration of Social and Environmental Conflicts in the Renewable Energy Sector WEEK 21 Small Hydropower Development WEEK Hydropower Development and Project Management ICH is a non-profit organization based on institutional membership among organizations with an involvement in hydropower. The purpose of ICH is to raise knowledge standards and capacity of industry personnel, while promoting more sustainable development of hydropower based on Norway s experience.
3 Due Diligence in Renewable Energy Projects II - Extended Trondheim, Norway Week Date: 1-12 April 2019 Application deadline: 28 February 2019 Registration fee: 34,000 NOK Arrival to Norway: 31 March 2019 Departure: 13 April 2019 The energy industry faces a series of challenges, including social and environmental that require change in the planning, development and financing of its energy investments. To address these challenges, the adoption of good practices in technical, environmental and social areas, and a sustainability approach, is widely encouraged. Additionally, adhering to good practices and international standards proves to support business competitiveness. Sustainability requires that the knowledge and application of good practices is embedded in the value chain of the company, from initial processes to the divestiture of productive assets. This course offers participants ways to integrate the sustainability approach in their processes, providing feedback from commercial and finance experts. In-house experts will work closely with participants to identify and analyse risks during the construction phase and how these risks could affect project financial stability. By the end of the course, participants will be able to make recommendations leading to improved relationships between governments, developers and investors. They will also understand certification preparation for construction approval, budgeting and funding processes. This two-week course offers the opportunity to learn about the policies and tools of multilateral banking, internationally accepted principles and successful cases in the application of the due diligence process. This academic programme will also take a deep-dive into the concept of financial and legal structuring as a means of proportioning risk between stakeholders. It will also examine the typical due diligence process for a buyer of new or existing hydropower assets, with a focus on hydrological and performance risk. OBJECTIVE The objective of this course is for participants to share and analyse advantages, disadvantages and associated costs of incorporating good international practices in the planning, execution and operation of sustainable energy projects. TOPICS Conceptual frameworks: For environment, development, sustainability, resilience, adaptive management, management and success indicators Challenges and trends of the energy industry Financial Risk Assessment Project finance structuring and securing funding Due diligence for environmental, social and health and occupational safety of a generation project: National regulatory frameworks and international standards Monitoring construction progress and adhering to schedule and budget Certification preparations Loan contracting: Clauses and commitments Tools for assessing sustainability performance: Sustainability protocol and other existing tools Development of case studies TARGET GROUPS The course is aimed at professionals with minimum 5 years of experience in the hydropower sector, power companies, ministries, authorities and relevant private enterprises. Applicants with environmental and financial background will be prioritised.
4 Prevention and Administration of Social and Environmental Conflicts in the Renewable Energy Sector Trondheim, Norway Week 19 Date: 6-10 May 2019 Application deadline: 18 March 2019 Registration fee: 17,000 NOK Arrival to Norway: 5 May 2019 Departure: 11 May 2019 Overcoming challenges in the electricity industry requires delicately balancing business objectives with the needs of impacted communities, state entities and other stakeholders. The conflict of interests among stakeholders may result in points of disagreement, resistance or opposition. In some cases, conflicts can lead to violence and adversely affect not only the fulfillment of the company s goals, but also the renewable energy policies of a country. This course provides participants with tools to identify potential conflicts that allow for the development of more assertive approaches to transform disadvantaged situations into opportunities for the benefit of all parties. Conflict as a social phenomenon is not simply created or destroyed but is a process that is transformed. It is necessary to be able to identify the stage of the cycle in which it is and design strategies tailored to the actors and specific circumstances. Even when entering a more peaceful or post-conflict environment, it is necessary to keep the channels of communication open, to enhance trust and realise agreements. The lessons learnt in the handling of the socio-environmental conflicts by the renewable energy industry should encourage knowledge and information sharing to help better understand the root causes of project success and failure. OBJECTIVE The objective of this course is to provide tools to identify and analyze elements contributing to socialenvironmental conflicts; and to develop strategy for approaching, managing and transforming conflicts. TOPICS Origin, definition and role of socio-environmental conflict in the renewable energy industry How to categorize socio-environmental conflicts Stages of the socio-environmental conflict cycle Strategies to approach conflict from prevention to management Importance of strengthening the relationship between all stakeholders Indigenous peoples identity and dependence on natural resources in river basins in relation to hydropower development Rural development strategies Design of processes according to the analysis of the conflict and context Dialogue mechanisms for the transformation of conflicts Mechanisms to strengthen lasting peace in the postconflict phase Experiences in conflict prevention, management and peace building processes Identifying target groups Case studies TARGET GROUP The course is aimed at professionals with a minimum of 5 years of experience in the hydropower or renewable energy sector including power companies, ministries, authorities, NGOs, relevant private enterprises and others working with energy project planning in complex social environments requiring knowledge of stakeholder management. Executives of power companies, ministries, water resource and energy agencies and relevant private sector enterprises with management responsibility or influence on project planning will benefit from this course.
5 Small Hydro Development Pitfalls and Successes Trondheim, Norway Week 21 Date: May 2019 Application deadline: 24 March 2019 Registration fee: NOK 17,000 Arrival to Norway: 19 May 2019 Departure: 26 March 2019 Description Small hydropower schemes are increasingly on the agenda of governments and developers across the world. While small hydropower is an option for governments to tap the resources of tributary river resources, helping better protect mainstream river systems, it is also a common misunderstanding that small hydropower has less environmental and social impacts than larger schemes. If not planned and managed in a sustainable manner, small hydropower projects can leave behind a big environmental and social footprint. With this said, when small hydropower is planned in cascades and in strategic locations using advanced technology, the benefits can be significant for countries that are aiming to increase their domestic energy capacities. This course reviews and evaluates the current trends in small hydropower development, encouraging critical thinking on planning from a cumulative perspective. Course participants will arrive at a common understanding of efficient tools needed to achieve the sustainable development of small hydropower. OBJECTIVE Environmental flows and cumulative impacts of many small hydro projects. Appropriate and low-cost small hydro technical solutions Reservoir sedimentation and sediment management Small Hydro planning and operation challenges often underestimated Participants will learn the benefits small hydro when planned successfully. Turbine selection, quality and reliability standards and visit to turbine laboratory Cost estimating of small hydro Diversified investment portfolio TOPICS TARGET GROUP The roles of government and the regulator Financial institutions safeguard and sustainability Hydrology, production estimates, environmental flows and sustainability The course is aimed at medium and high-levelmanagement in power companies and public agencies and governments involved in power supply and rural electrification. The course will introduce the participants to the essential issues in the pre-feasibility phase of a potential project required to assess the environmental and economic sustainability of the small hydropower projects. The course will explore different solutions from a civil, mechanical and electrical engineering perspective.
6 Hydropower Development and Project Management Trondheim, Norway Week 35, 36, 37 Date: 26 August - 12 September2019 Application deadline: 20 June 2019 Registration fee: NOK 45,000 Arrival to Norway: 25 August 2019 Departure: 13 September 2019 COURSE OBJECTIVE TOPICS Demands for faster project turn-overs are on the rise to ensure the bankability of projects. However, successful hydropower projects require a balanced mix of sustainable project management, engineering skills and finance understanding. Only when this mix is balanced through good practice project management will projects be able to meet their goals for the long-term. Energy needs and planning requirements Design cost estimates Legal and institutional frameworks Economic and financial assessments of projects Environmental impact analysis Financing of hydropower developments The objective of this course is to provide participants with fundamental knowledge of hydropower resources development and management through an Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) approach. This course will provide a general overview of the stages of hydropower development and project management, demonstrating how hydropower development and management can be sustainable throughout the entire project cycle. By focusing on both theoretical and practical issues, participants should be able to contribute more effectively to the development and management of water and energy resources in their own countries. Political risks Hydropower in mixed energy supply systems Project management Planning methods Multipurpose projects Compliance TARGET GROUP The course is aimed at decision makers and executivelevel project management personnel from public agencies, ministries, power companies and private sector companies that are involved in development of hydropower projects.
7 ICH 2019 International Course Programme About ICH Courses Fee Our lecturers and resource persons are well-known specialists within their field, bringing their extensive international experience to the classroom. Attending ICH courses is an opportunity to discuss and learn about current issues related to hydropower and together with professionals from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Participants are encouraged to share information and their experiences on energy and hydropower. The course fee includes lectures, materials, accommodation, some meals, a social programme and fieldtrips if applicable International travel expenses are not included ICH members receive a reduced tuition fee A limited number of sponsored seats are available for participants from developing countries prioritised by Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD). The ICH advantage begins in the classroom and continues long after the course has ended. Course participants become a part of a closely-knit ICH Alumni network, encouraging professional exchange and dialogue that promotes career development and sustainable practices. ICH celebrates cultural diversity. ICH enhancing the social, environmental and economic value of the renewable energy resources. Admission requirements In general, a minimum of five years work experience is required Please bear in mind the specific profile description for the target groups for each of the courses Proficiency in English is compulsory for all courses in Norway. Applicants will be requested to provide a proficiency certificate of English Language. An English proficiency interview may be conducted Women are encouraged to apply. The given seat is not transferable once the selection process has been completed. ICH courses do not accommodate the participation of spouses or companions. ICH code of Conduct Applies to all participants and lectures. PLEASE NOTE: Only application submitted online will be accepted. You can access the official ICH Application at no. Please click on the application form for courses icon and select the course of your interest. Please be diligent in filling in the form. Your background information is relevant for the selection process Information on travel, detailed course programmed and other relevant information will be sent to all participants in due course Participants are expected to arrive at the venue of the course (Trondheim) the day prior to the course start and leave no earlier than the day after end of the course More information Information on each course can also be found at or by contacting ICH. Laura Bull Head of Studies, ICH Disclaimer ICH reserves the right to accept or reject any applicant based on their qualifications and experience.
8 How We Work: Gaining through Training Industry professionals, oﬃcials and researchers join ICH trainings from around-the-world to improve their skills and advance their careers. Their vision is to make hydropower more sustainable. After working in the ﬁeld of hydropower, many become the trainers They connect to ICH alumni, and build their professional networks With new experiences from abroad share their knowledge and train others creating dialogue on sustainability Participants return to home countries Course participants engage in practical exercises and group work And network at activities Practitioners share their ﬁrst-hand experiences and lessons learned with course participants Stakeholder engagement Learning about hydropower challenges and opportunities around the world Conﬂict management Environmental ﬂows Apply for ICH s Courses International Centre for Hydropower SP Andersens veg7 No-7031 Trondheim, Norway Start