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Accelerating Energy Transition with a unique online programme, available to the public free of charge

26 May 2023
ITC News

(Geneva/Paris) The International Trade Centre (ITC), a United Nations agency, together with Schneider Electric and French NGO Atelier 21, today launched a new online training course. Titled “Become a Player in the Energy Transition”, the course is available free of charge in English, with other languages to follow.

The joint project aims to raise awareness on the challenges of transitioning to renewable energy at a time when the world is facing a major energy and environmental crisis. The complementary skills of all three organizations make it possible to offer quality training that is accessible to all.

The online training addresses the diversity of technologies that accelerate energy transition, from low-tech to automation, through the digitalization of systems. The course includes practical case studies on innovative solutions to a variety of real-world issues. The tool will particularly help small businesses understand the challenges of energy transition, reduce their energy bills, and ensure access to energy during power outages.

In addition, the course is set to foster the learners' commitment to energy transition, for example through local initiatives, and encourage professional opportunities in this field through technical training on solar, wind or water power, and other specialized areas. Case studies look at scenarios from locations with different development levels, urban and rural settings, serving learners around the globe.

The deadline for enrollment is June 12, after which participants will have two weeks to complete the course. Upon passing an evaluation, successful participants will receive a certification as a reward. To learn more about the course, or to enroll, visit the SME Trade Academy.



‘I am confident that this course is the first in a series on the topic of transitioning to more sustainable human behavior on the planet. Small and medium-sized enterprises need sustainable energy to operate. Working jointly on this course was very inspiring and promising.’

Raphaël Dard, Programme Manager, SME Trade Academy, International Trade Centre

‘This free online course is a new step in our mission to educate and empower individuals and businesses to embrace the energy transition. By collaborating with ITC and Schneider Electric, we are getting closer to our goal: a world where every person understands and can contribute to a sustainable energy future.’

Cédric Carles, Founder and Director of Atelier 21

‘Schneider Electric takes great pride in being a key player in the education field. The launch of this free online course shows our commitment to the energy transition and our dedication to being accessible to all.’

Gilles Vermot Desroches, General Delegate, Schneider Electric Foundation, and Director of Citizenship and Institutional Affairs


Notes for the editor

About Atelier 21 - Atelier 21, a French non-profit founded over a decade ago by Cédric Carles, strives for innovative energy practices. Projects span from research to cultural activities, merging art, science, and technology for a fun and educational exploration of alternative energy. Key initiatives include smart solar, battery-saving systems; renewable energy labs and Paleo-energy, a research program reviving forgotten energy innovations.

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About Schneider Electric - Schneider’s purpose is to empower all to make the most of energy and resources, bridging progress and sustainability for all. Schneider believes access to energy and digital is a basic human right. It provides energy and automation digital solutions for efficiency and sustainability. Schneider combines world leading energy technologies, real-time automation, software and services into integrated solutions for Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries.

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About the International Trade Centre - The International Trade Centre is the joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations. ITC assists small and medium-sized enterprises in developing and transition economies to become more competitive in global markets, thereby contributing to sustainable economic development within the frameworks of the Aid-for-Trade agenda and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

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For more information, please contact:

Contact Atelier 21

Cédric Carles
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Contact International Trade Centre

Raphaël Dard
e-learning [at] (e-learning[at]intracen[dot]org)

Contact Schneider Electric

Marie Boutonnet
marie.boutonnet [at] (marie[dot]boutonnet[at]se[dot]com)


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