Edited By Walter Leal Filho and Julia Gottwald
Fostering Renewable Energies in Small Developing Island States Trough Knowledge and Technology Tranfer: Findings from a Labour Market Survey Undertaken in Mauritius und der DIREKT Project
Fostering Renewable Energies in Small Developing Island States Through Knowledge and Technology Transfer: Findings from a Labour Market Survey Undertaken in Mauritius under the DIREKT Project V. Schulte1, D. Surroop2, R. Mohee2, P. Khadoo2, W. Leal Filho1, J. Gottwald1 Abstract Renewable energy is of major importance for sustainable socio-economic devel- opment in the ACP (Africa, Caribbean, Pacific) small island developing states (SIDS) for two main reasons. Firstly, due to the obvious environmental benefits of reduced or no CO2 emissions. Secondly, because it offers local job opportunities and contributes towards reducing the dependency on imported fuels. Renewable energy goals are on the political agenda of many small island developing states, some of which have ambitious plans. However, the current potential is not used despite the high availability of natural resources. One of the main problems is the lack of policies combined with logistical barriers, such as the lack of local expertise available to plan, design, implement and maintain renewable energy technologies. Due to the innovative nature of this field, institutions of higher education are very important actors in this sector, especially in terms of research as well as educating future employees. Despite the value of the topic of renewable energies, it is not as yet prominently featured in the curriculum and research activities of universities in Europe and in the ACP region as should be the case. In order to address this perceived need, the Small Developing Island Renewable Energy Knowledge and Technology Transfer Network (DIREKT project), funded by the EU...
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