Organized by
CSTM — Twente Centre for Studies in Technology and Sustainable Development at the University of Twente, The Netherlands
UNEP Risø Centre, Denmark::

The University of Twente has been offering the International Course on Rural Energy Planning (ICREP) since 1983. Since 2005, the focus has been on proposal writing and financing schemes for projects related to energy, environment and climate change mitigation. The course has been jointly organised with the UNEP Risø Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Develop- ment (URC).

The energy sector faces two important challenges on the path to sustainable development:
 Meeting the UN Secretary General’sg oal of universal access to modern energy services by 2030
 Curbing the energy sector’s contribution to climate change

To meet the first challenge it is estimated that $756 billion additional investment is required to achieve universal access to electricity and clean cooking facilities by 2030. In times of economic crisis, this cre- ates a third challenge for the energy sector:
 Financing this level of investment
The ICREP examines these three challenges
and their synergy in the context of sustain- able development. In particular the course focuses on the contribution that climate finance can make to addressing the three challenges. The course builds upon the most relevant developments in the fields of climate and sustainable energy finance in order to scale up efforts on GHG mitigation and to increase clean energy access.
The aim of the course is to develop partici- pants’ skills in writing fundable proposals in the fields of clean energy access, and climate change mitigation. In this way, the participants can contribute to the sustaina- ble development of their countries.

Target Group
People whose function is related to energy, environment and climate change. Partici- pants with various backgrounds will be admitted, such as: entrepreneurs, consult- ants, project developers, government officers in departments of energy or envi- ronment, policy advisors, staff of utility companies and staff of NGOs.

After completion of the course participants will have gained knowledge and experience about:
• Causes and effects of climate change
• Current international policy concerning climate change
• Possible solutions to mitigate climate change:
- Low carbon technologies - Forests
- Energy efficiency
• Funding options for climate change mitigation and clean energy access
• Assessing sustainable development im- pacts
• Project Formulation for climate change
mitigation and clean energy access
• Calculating possible GHG savings of a
project (baseline and monitoring)
• General aspects of proposal writing

For details on the modules offered, facitliies available and entrance requirements, view the brochure at:

Download the application form here

Course date:
18 March – 19 April 2013

Application deadlines:
For NFP candidates to CSTM-University of Twente/Nuffic* -2 October 2012

For NFP candidates to Nuffic (paper application deadline) - 1 September 2012

For privately sponsored candidates - 1 January 2013

For more information about fellowships for short courses click HERE

  • Please note that you can only apply for NFP fellowship if you have not received an NFP fellowship or any other fellowship in three years prior to the start of this short course.

Information for Indonesian applicants:
StuNed offers fellowships for this short course and therefore this is a great opportunity for Indonesian mid-career professionals. Application deadline for the StuNed scholarship is 1 October 2012. For more information about StuNed fellowship, please visit the University of Twente website: