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Managing the energy transition, a mission to be met through a diversity of professions.

In August 2015 a law on the energy transition for green growth was voted. Its objective? To allow France to strengthen its energy independence, to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and to give concrete tools to companies, communities and individuals to accelerate green growth. It seems all the more topical in the current context: the war in Ukraine and our dependence on Russian fossil fuels, on the one hand, imply this need for energy independence. Global warming, now palpable following the droughts experienced this summer 2022, requires on the other hand to get out of polluting fossil fuels and to accelerate the development of renewable energies. What are the objectives of this law? What actions will be taken? What skills will be needed? Employment and training are powerful levers of action. We speak to you about it!

The objectives of the energy transition

The great challenges of energy transition are to be met in many sectors such as the energy industry, transportation, building or urban development. In this article, we are going to talk to you about the energy transition via the development of renewable energies, at the source of the transformation of all these sectors of activity.

The necessary development of renewable energies (RE)

In France, 40% of our electricity comes from nuclear power, 28% from oil, 16% from natural gas, 14% from renewable energies and waste and 2% from coal. To fight against climate change and reduce the share of fossil fuels on which we are dependent, developing renewable energies is a necessary objective.

What are the different ENR ?

  • the wind, exploited thanks to terrestrial and marine wind turbines, which produces electricity,
  • the sun, thanks to solar panels, which produces heat and electricity,
  • the tide, whose energy is used in a tidal power plant to produce electricity,
  • the rivers, whose current is produced in hydraulic power stations to produce electricity,
  • biowaste, which once methanized in power plants, gives biogas,
  • geothermal energy or "heat from the earth", which is used in geothermal power plants to generate electricity.

What does the law say?

The law of energy transition for green growth, aims for example, to increase the share of renewable energy from 19.3% currently to 32% of final energy consumption in 2030. For this, projects are underway such as 

  1. the renovation and implementation of new hydroelectric power plants.
  2. Offshore wind projects on the French coast: the project is to build 50 offshore wind farms by 2050.
  3. Development of photovoltaic energy: the Multi-Year Energy Plan (MPE) sets the objective of increasing the number of photovoltaic plants to reach a total capacity of between 15 and 25 GW by 2028.

Employment to meet energy transition objectives

According to a study published by the International Energy Agency (IAE), the energy transition to renewable energies should lead to the creation of approximately 200,000 net jobs in France by 2030.

Just for a wind power project, many jobs are needed to meet all stages of the life cycle of the wind turbine: sourcing of materials, construction, dismantling, recycling ... require skills in research and development, project management, engineering, manufacturing of components, construction, operation or maintenance. 

The creation of jobs in connection with new energy projects will also be necessary. For example, the very first wind farm in Saint-Nazaire has already created 3,500 jobs on land and at sea. As the project is to create 50 jobs by 2050, the industry will be recruiting!

Then, new innovations are to be created, developed and amplified to lead the energy transition, such as :

  • the development of new energy sources such as osmotic energy, which is the desalination of salt water to produce electricity,
  • the production and use of hydrogen,
  • smart grids, which integrate computer technology to better manage electricity production.

To implement the energy transition in organizations and territories, managerial, legal, economic and political skills are also essential to change the strategies and business models of organizations and lead transition projects in the territories. Here are 4 training courses that enable you to develop these specific skills...

Training for the energy transition

EM Lyon

For one year, you can train in Lyon in the Management of Energy Transformation in Organizations with the Master's program dedicated to this theme. The program is the result of a partnership with ECAM LaSalle, an expert in the fields of energy systems and innovations, the environment and technologies. Through the economic, legal, political and technological skills acquired around the energy transition, you will be able to initiate, lead and expand energy transition projects.

How can I finance it? 

Depending on your profile, you may be eligible for scholarships based on social criteria to help you finance your year.

👉 En savoir plus ici


Through a one-year Master's program, Audencia teaches you to become an actor in the energy transition. The program allows you to develop skills in leadership, understanding of the sector's technologies, management of project stakeholders, and to orient yourself towards professions such as renewable energy project management, for example. The training is divided into 6 months of classes and 6 months of internship.

How can I finance it? 

Depending on your profile, you may be eligible for scholarships based on social criteria to help you finance your year.

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The Institut des métiers de l'Environnement et de la Transition écologique offers BTS, Bachelor's and Master's degree programs in Lyon and Nantes. It offers a Specialized Master's degree in environmental strategy management, to develop and deploy circular economy strategies in organizations. At the end of this training, it is therefore possible to lead energy transition projects.

How can I finance it? 

Depending on your profile, you may be eligible for scholarships based on social criteria to help you finance your year.

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Green Management School

Over a period of one year, the Management of the Ecological and Solidarity-based Transition course leads to jobs as CSR manager, transition manager, lobbyist... with a strong focus on marketing and communication of CSR strategy. The particularity of the training is its hybrid format with 30% face-to-face courses and 70% distance learning. Practical, when you are changing careers, for example!

How can I finance it? 

Depending on your profile, you may be eligible for scholarships based on social criteria to help you finance your year.

👉 En savoir plus ici

Careers in energy transition management

Here are some job titles to give you an idea of what you can do after the training courses mentioned above: 

  • Entrepreneur in the energy sector
  • Manager of energy transition or ENR projects
  • Consultant in energy transition
  • Business engineer in the energy sector
  • Communication manager in the energy sector
  • Life cycle analyst in the ENR sector
  • Energy and climate manager
  • Business Lawyer in ENR

Retraining in the energy transition

You would like to change jobs and the energy transition could interest you? The range of jobs is wide and maybe you need some guidance to build your career transition project in order to be an actor of the transition? Here are two skills assessments that can help you start thinking about taking action!

Hisse & Haut

Hisse & Haut is an SSE cooperative that accompanies people to better know themselves, to develop their self-confidence and to activate their professional and personal change for a more sustainable world. The program helps you find your place in a world in transition. The format alternates between group and individual sessions and can be done 100% online or in person in Lyon. It takes place over 3 months and you can finance it via your CPF.

👉 Pour plus d’infos : ICI


Cap Positif 

Cap Positif is the skills assessment set up by Little Big Impact for those who wish to give meaning to their work by giving it a positive impact. It helps you focus on your values and aspirations and align them with a project that reflects you and that the world needs. The coaching lasts 3 months, with 8 group sessions, 4 individual coaching sessions and individual work to be done each week at home. It can be done 100% online or in person in Paris. It is eligible for CPF.

👉 Pour plus d’infos : ICI 

To take action

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