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Energy Management in Small- and Medium-scale Industries: Promoting Energy Efficiency

Course date: 7 September - 11 December 2020


Energy efficiency is one of the three pillars of the global initiative Sustainable Energy for All. Improving energy efficiency is also part of the strategy in Sustainable Development Goal 7. However, the 2017 report by the Global Tracking Framework monitoring progress towards meeting the targets of Sustainable Energy for All states that we still need to make more headway in improving energy efficiency if we are to reach the target set for 2030.

There has been some achievement with large-scale industries. However, these only represent a small percentage of the total of energy using enterprises. There is still a lot that can be achieved with small and medium scale enterprises. In April 2018 UNIDO, CSTM (University of Twente) and Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency presented in a webinar three different perspectives how this can be done. 

The three organisations are partners run a short training course on Energy Management in Small and Medium Scale Industries (EMSI) which focuses on preparing for ISO 50001 (Energy Management). The course is partly on-line and partly residential in which participants conduct an energy audit in a real situation. You can find out more information about EMSI by scrolling down the screen.


7 SEPTEMBER - 11 DECEMBER 2020 (2020)

There will be a focus on energy management tools to improve energy efficiency and to create cleaner production, emphasizing that these improvements provide a win-win situation for SMIs as well as helping countries contribute to the Sustainable Energy for All Goal on Energy Efficiency and the Sustainable Energy Development Goals. In particular there is a focus on preparing for reaching the new International Standard on Energy Management (ISO50001).


Management staff involved in energy planning in their industries. Policymakers from government organizations, industrial associations, and institutes involved in industrial development. Consultants who work in areas related to the themes of the course.


The short-term objectives are to provide the participants with practical tools, knowledge and insight insights into:

  • General problems with energy efficiency within SMIs and possibilities to improvement through energy management.
  • The link between energy management and cleaner production.
  • The key elements of an energy management system
  • Preparation and execution of energy audits
  • Preparation for reaching ISO 50001 Energy Management
  • Policies and instruments to support energy efficiency improvements in SMIs

The long-term objectives are to provide the participants from government, branch and SMIs with management capabilities for SMIs in emerging economies with respect to:

  • The efficient use of energy in SMIs
  • The reduction of emissions caused by industrial processes
  • Policy options and strategies for energy management in SMIs and reaching the SEforAll goal on Energy Efficiency plus the SDGs 
  • Implementing ISO50001


Module 1: Motivation for Energy Management 
Module 2: Introduction the Energy Management System 
Module 3: Energy Policy
Module 4: The Energy Manager and the Energy Team 
Module 5: Introduction to ISO50001
Module 6: Practical steps towards achieving ISO Standard 50001 


The course is divided into two parts. Part 1 is an 5 week online course spread out over 10 weeks in which participants, in their own time, participate in Webinars and on-line forums, undertake reading assignments, watch short videos, listen to presentations and complete short quizzes and written assignments. It is estimated that to complete the material participants will need 8 hours per week.  All modules of Part 1 must be successfully completed before the start of Part 2 – the two week residential course. Part 2  consists of an assignment in which participants work in groups on an energy audit in a real situation (in 2017 this was a factory of an international tire company), that forms the basis of a plan to reach ISO50001.This component is supported by lectures, including guest lectures by leading specialists, presentations, case studies, discussions, and a site visit.

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Online through the University of Twente's website (start 7 September 2020) through The University of Twente’s Website; 2 weeks residential in Enschede, the Netherlands (30 November - 11 December 2020)


BSc, MSc or equivalent from a recognized university, at least two years of professional experience, and a basic understanding of engineering and economics is necessary. The language requirement is IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent). For the on-line component participants must have access to an appropriate internet connection.


3000 Euro


Estimated total costs for 2 weeks are 500 Euro which covers food, out-of-pocket expenses.


The course organizers will arrange accommodation for the residential part of the course. We offer below options to stay during the residential component:

The course organizers can book a room for the participants as UT guest (special price as mentioned above). Please note that the accommodation offers different levels of service which is reflected in the price charged. If you choice the ITC International hotel or Intercity hotel you will need to take a bus to the University of Twente. There are two bus lines running regularly between the university and the centre of town.

Note: in case a participant wants to check-out during the weekend, the course organization needs to be informed before the start of the course. Otherwise the participant have to pay the hotel costs for the weekend.


Attendees must be covered by Health, Accident and Third Party Liability Insurance from the date of arrival in the Netherlands. This is a legal requirement. Self-funded participants needs to arrange this themselves.

travel in the netherlands

Travel from Schiphol airport to Enschede takes at least 2 hours by train - the station is located at the Schiphol airport. Please keep in mind when planning your departure after the residential component of the course if the check-in for your flight is in the morning (before 11:59 am), then we strongly advise to stay in a hotel near Schiphol airport in the night before departure (e.g. Hotel Ibis Schiphol Amsterdam Airport or Bastion hotel Schiphol Hoofddorp are budget hotels located close to the airport which have a free shuttle bus service from the airport to the hotel v.v.). This safeguards you against any problems with the trains. This hotel is at your own cost and should be included in your budget. The course organization prefer to receive the participant's travel scheme before booking accommodation in Enschede to avoid double booking in the night before departure.


During the residential part of the course, participants will have access to the UT library and an internet connection. Course materials are provided electronically. Participants are expected to bring their own laptop, tablet, smart phone etc.


Our 2019 short courses have been approved for the Nuffic OKP short course list. If you are admitted to our course you can apply for an OKP fellowship at The NFP fellowship application deadline for this course is 24 March 2020.


An administration fee of 500 Euro will be charged for all cancellations not notified at least 30 days prior to the course start date.


History of the course

The University of Twente has been offering the annually training courses on energy management and cleaner production in small and medium scale industries since 1987.

Since 2017 we have substantially revised the delivery of the programme including an element of the teaching through five online modules spread over a 10-week period followed by a 2-week residential programme.

We have teamed up with UNEP DTU Partnership and UNIDO to deliver our programme. 


Online application form:
Online tool for Nuffic scholarships is open from 5 February 2020 until 24 March 2020. If you intend to apply for a NUFFIC scholarship we need to have received your application form by 10 March to ensure we can process it in time.
Deadline for applications by candidates with own funding is 20 August 2020. Payment must be received before 7 September 2020. 
For questions you can contact our course administration: Mrs. Barbera van Dalm
Phone: +31 (0)53 489 4377