Get ready for the future of energy – with Nyenrode Business University, RWTH Aachen University of Technology and the International Energy Agency

The world has embarked on a journey towards a low-carbon, zero-emission energy future. It is one of the most difficult challenges mankind has ever faced.

In this comprehensive executive programme you study the implications of the transition for the energy industry. You will look at the role of public policy and of the major energy companies, as well as at the key innovations – both technological and in business models – that are driving the transition.

The course, which consists of two modules, one at Nyenrode Business University near Amsterdam and one in Paris, is given by a team of eminent lecturers.

How you benefit

  • Obtain critical understanding of one of the most important transformations in the world today
  • Explore concrete cases that you will be able to apply in your own work
  • Directly interact with international experts and network with peers in the energy sector
  • Enhance leadership and strategic skills
  • Ahead of the pack: anticipate on new business models and innovations
  • In collaboration with top experts from Nyenrode Business University, RWTH Aachen University of Technology and the International Energy Agency

About the programme

In this advanced two-module programme a team of expert lecturers from universities, global institutions and leading energy companies will acquaint you with the latest innovations and insights into the international energy transition.

You will take a deep dive into key aspects of the energy transition, including innovation dynamics, innovations in business models, the impact of digitalisation and technological innovation on the energy sector, and the roles of key stakeholders (major energy companies, policymakers, investors, researchers).

The first module takes four days and is held at the historic campus of Nyenrode Business University at Breukelen near Amsterdam. The second module, which lasts three days, takes place two months later in Paris, and is conducted by experts from the International Energy Agency among others. In the intervening period you will write an Energy Transition Essay.


Module 1:

  • Technological developments and implications for the energy business
  • Innovation dynamics: how to respond to today’s disruptive changes
  • The role of gas in the worldwide energy transition
  • Digital transformations in the power sector
  • Scenario planning and translation into business models
  • Energy innovation policies and societal context

Module 2:

  • Views of the International Energy Agency on energy trends and investments
  • Latest insights from the International Panel on Climate Change
  • The role of major energy companies in the energy transition
  • Presentations and discussion of participants ‘Energy Innovation Essays’
  • Opportunities, skills and leadership in energy world in transit

 What you learn

You will be able to:

  • Identify key challenges facing the energy sector
  • Understand the roles of gas, renewables and other forms of energy in the global energy mix
  • Distinguish main trends
  • Understand elements and steps of scenario planning
  • Analyse the role of innovation in the energy sector on the basis of case studies
  • Identify and assess new business models in the energy sector
  • Write an ‘Energy Innovation Essay’ in which you develop your own perspective on the energy transition

Who should attend?

This programme is for professionals with considerable knowledge of the energy sector, in particular mid and senior level staff from diverse and multidisciplinary departments in companies and organisations. For example:

  • Business development managers
  • Strategy consultants/managers
  • Operational, portfolio and risk managers
  • Marketing and performance consultants/managers
  • Innovation, research and business development advisors
  • Energy business and policy analysts
  • Senior-level government officials

This program is divided into 2 modules at 2 locations.

Module 1
  • 17 May 2021
    18 May 2021
    19 May 2021
    20 May 2021
  • Nyenrode Business University in Breukelen, The Netherlands
Module 2
  • 30 June 2021
    1 July 2021
    2 July 2021
  • Paris, France
Leturer Energy Transition and Innovation & New Energy Realities

Bert Stuij

Bert Stuij (MSc.) is Vice President Innovation at the Energy Delta Institute (EDI) and Manager National Programmes/Energy at the Netherlands Enterprise Agency RVO, a government institution. At EDI, Stuij works on programme development and education with a specific focus on energy transition. At RVO, Stuij is responsible for renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy innovation policy. Previously Stuij worked in the private sector for Shell and at various semi-private institutions (Novem) and government agencies (SenterNovem, AgentschapNL).

The role of the Oil & Gas Offshore Industry in the transition to a Low Carbon Economy in the UK

  • By Luca Corradi
  • Innovation Network Director at The Oil & Gas Technology Centre
  • 2019
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Biomass in transition; a role for biomass in replacing fossil fuels and feedstock in the future?

  • By Freek Smedema
  • Senior Adviser Biobased Economy at RVO
  • 2019
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