Within its commitment to realizing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), especially SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy, the Waterloo Sustainable Development Group (WSDG) has facilitated a RETScreen Software Training Workshop at the University of Waterloo (UW) in cooperation with Professor Paul Parker, Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at Waterloo’s Faculty of Environment, and the Canadian Institute for Energy Training (CIET).
More than 35 UW graduate students from various disciplines and community members took part in the workshop, during which they learnt from Dr. Dragos Paraschiv, P. Eng., PhD, how to use the software, which is an advanced clean energy management software package created by Gregory J. Leng, the current Director of the RETScreen Clean Energy Management Software at Natural Resources Canada’s CanmetENERGY Research Centre in Varennes, Quebec.
The RETScreen Software is the world’s leading clean energy decision-support tool and is available in 36 languages coverings two-thirds the Earth’s population.
RETScreen is used by more than 550,000+ energy professionals and decision-makers around the world, as well as by professors at 1,000+ universities and colleges for teaching and research.
Present at the workshop, which was jointly funded by the University of Waterloo’s Department of Geography & Environmental Management (GEM) and School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED), were WSDG CEO Tarek AlFarra, CCDO Nicole Maynard, and CBDO Amr ElAlfy, as well as Professor Parker.
“WSDG was an excellent facilitator for this training workshop. They identified an excellent presenter and ensured that it was a valuable learning experience for all.” Parker said.
Commenting on the workshop on behalf of CIET, Olivier Cappon, Senior manager, Business Development at CIET, who coordinated with WSDG in facilitating this workshop, emphasized that “RETScreen can be an invaluable tool for setting forth and analyzing projects of all forms and types in energy efficiency and renewable energy, given the relevance of the software – and the CIET training that supports its – to a number of areas, from commercial to residential buildings, and from geothermal to solar. We think that graduate students are getting an early exposure and understanding of it at the University of Waterloo”.
AlFarra, Maynard and ElAlfy thanked all parties that cooperated with WSDG to ensure the success of the workshop and pointed out that WSDG is currently planning with its partner organizations similar sustainable development-oriented training workshops and opportunities in renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, community development and other sustainable development fields both in Canada and overseas.
“This was an excellent workshop. Dr. Paraschiv did a great job explaining to the University of Waterloo graduate students and community members how to use RETScreen, we at WSDG feel honored to have given back to our Alma Mater through facilitating such an enriching workshop”, said Maynard.