Issues and Challenges in EE Education


Mitigating and adapting with the impacts of climate change and global warming are two main motivations to shift towards sustainable energy resources and EE in SIDS. But in an organisation, the senior management is concerned mostly with profits and savings. Programmes on energy efficiency should explicitly demonstrate how adopting EE on an industrial level can ultimately help to mitigate climate change and energy issues. This will allow learners who take up an EE course to have a better idea of the seriousness of energy issues in SIDS and their implications on the environment. Learners will have more incentives to adopt energy efficient behaviour and devise energy efficiency policies at its workplace. In addition, EE programmes has to be tailored in a way that students can, in general determine savings that can be made to an organisation. In a nutshell, EE education should cover two fundamental aspects namely, environmental sustainability and economics. These two aspects require the inclusion of numerical workings, basically to use some mathematics and science which can be very demanding for some learners especially if they achieved a certain age and was disconnected from academics for a long time or are poor in mathematical computations.

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