PTT established the Thailand Energy Academy (TEA) jointly with Thailand’s Ministry of Energy in mid-2012. The goal is to promote sustainable energy consumption and transparent energy policies through “energy literacy”. The 16-week curriculum is designed for leaders in society from all sectors. Courses cover such topics as:
· Global energy trends
· National policies and energy security
· Sufficiency economy and roles of leaders in a sustainable future
· Current “energy hot issues”
The learning environment encourages discussions and exchanges of opinions. Courses include field trips to petroleum production platforms, coal-fired and gas power plants, petrochemical complexes, and places that have applied good energy technologies and policies. Participants come from academia, government, media, NGOs and other sectors.
Even among highly-educated and experienced leaders, there are still misconceptions on energy facts. For example, when asked of opinions on options for fuels for power generation in the future - many argued against nuclear power plants. However, very few - if any - really knew of any facts on technical, environmental, isuues or assosiated risks, advantages or disadvantages to make a sound argument on way or the other.
Thailand Energy Academy does not promote any stand points, or positions on energy policies. However, the Academy encourages fact-based arguments and transparent energy policies. Thus, it aims promote "energy literacy" so that the society is well-equiped to make a sound decision or create a means to attain a sustainable future for energy. The academy also encourages debates or dicussions on energy-related issues or policies among mind-leaders from different sectors. This has created initiatives, thoughts or actions from these leaders for the society or a community around them.
Opinion surveys also indicated that the class participants understand energy-related issues much better than prior to attending the curriculum.