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Agency for Natural Resources and EnergyThe Green Power Skills Standard (GPSS) was Formulated -Benchmarks for Human Resource Development in the Field of Renewable Energy

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has been supporting the initiatives for fostering human resources who will appropriately and efficiently lead businesses in the field of renewable energy, in which a variety of operating entities are entering the power generation business. As a part of the initiatives, METI defined the types of professions that human resources will engage in the renewable energy power generation business, as well as the organized information on required skills and knowledge for such business, and compiled them into The Green Power Skills Standard (GPSS).

1. Background and purposes

The inauguration of the Feed-in Tariff Scheme in July 2012 has triggered many new businesses to successively enter the renewable energy power generation business. Despite this situation, such new businesses are often uncertain about what types of human recourses they need for advancing their businesses appropriately and efficiently, and they also face difficulties in ascertaining an overview of the skills and knowledge that such human resources should have. Moreover, they have limited opportunities to provide human resources with systematic and comprehensive education due to the lack of well-organized learning systems, such as training programs corresponding to the target business.

Based on this situation, METI considers it important to present to the public not only of the ideal types of human resources necessary in the field of renewable energy but also the well-organized, systematic information on skills and knowledge that such human resources should master, so as to facilitate the development of professionals in the field and promote the healthy growth of the energy-related industries. In addition, the Ministerial Meeting on Renewable Energy, held in April 2014, highlighted an effort for fostering human resources as one of the measures on which Japan should focus.

Taking into consideration the challenges, METI formulated the GPSS as a part of the initiatives for developing the environment to foster human resources who will successfully achieve the renewable energy power generation business as well as establishing a framework therefor.

The GPSS describes benchmarks to specify and systematize the professional roles expected of human resources who will engage in the renewable energy power generation business as well as the skills and knowledge required for such resources, and METI expects the GPSS to be utilized as a common language in terms of careers, skills and a knowledge system among the renewable energy power generation businesses and the teachers of training programs on renewable energy in higher education institutes and schools. METI also expects the GPSS to be disseminated to entities which provide renewable energy education programs, the number of which is currently limited.

2. Compositions of the GPSS

The text of the GPSS is composed of three parts as follows:

Part I: Outline.
This part explains the background to the formulation of GPSS and its structures and outline.
Part II: Careers and skills required for renewable energy power generation businesses
This part shows the benchmark in terms of the careers and skills required for human recourses who will engage in renewable energy power generation businesses.
Part III: Knowledge related to the renewable energy power generation businesses This part shows the knowledge required for people involved in the renewable energy power generation businesses.

For further details, see the Japanese language press release.

3. Cooperation with an event titled “Green Power University 2014@ the University of Tokyo”

Concerning the GPSS, METI will hold a lecture and distribute references at an event titled “Green Power University 2014@ the University of Tokyo,” which will be held in the University of Tokyo on December 20 and 21, 2014.

For details of the event, visit the METI’s news release as follows:
http://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2014/1024_03.html

Release date

December 5, 2014

Division in charge

Renewable Energy Promotion Office, New and Renewable Energy Division, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

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