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The Challenge of Clean Growth and Clean Cities

Discover technologies for clean growth, consider clean growth strategy and explore the skills required to meet clean city targets.

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The Challenge of Clean Growth and Clean Cities

Explore one of the ten pillars of the industrial strategy

On this course, you’ll explore the latest research that’s contributing to the decarbonisation of the UK.

You’ll explore the current targets which are forecast to be met using technologies and solutions such as hydrogen in the gas network and large-scale deployment of fuel cells.

You’ll learn about the future green skills economy and equip yourself with the skills to be part of the workforce that helps regions achieve their carbon net zero targets.

You’ll also consider the impact of the successful meeting of these targets on climate change and sustainable industrial development.


  • Week 1

    What is the challenge of clean growth?

    • Introduction

      Where are we now and where do you see us in the next 10 years?

    • The challenge

      The Manchester Evening News reviewed the Green Summit in 2019 where the plan to make Greater Manchester carbon neutral was launched. What does it actually mean?

    • The problem

      Developing the necessary skills to solve the climate crisis

    • The solution

      There is no single solution to the problem

  • Week 2

    The pathway to a cleaner city

    • The technology

      Technology is part of the answer, but what does this mean?

    • The trends

      What can influence a quicker uptake

    • Research and skills

      Moving from lab to deployment and the importance of people

    • Climate change

      What is it and how can we stop it

When would you like to start?

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify the challenge of decarbonising our cities and regions, how to achieve this and the opportunities this provides
  • Investigate emerging technologies such as Hydrogen and Fuel Cells
  • Explore the impact of research in reducing climate change
  • Discuss how Industry 4.0 will accelerate clean growth

Who is the course for?

The course is designed for anyone with an interest in learning more about smart cities, clean growth, and industry 4.0.

It will be particularly useful for anyone looking at courses for developing their careers in this emerging economy or those with a genuine learning need to become more literate on the topic (eg if you’ve already attended carbon literacy training).

It will also be useful for researchers who want to showcase their expertise in working in the clean growth areas and entities with a desire to educate on their plans to achieve net zero carbon targets.

Who will you learn with?

Amer is Director of the Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre at Manchester Metropolitan University he has a career spanning over 20 years in the clean growth sector and loves Manchester United

Bamidele is a Professor in Intelligent Infrastructure Systems, and Head of Smart Infrastructure and Industry Research (SIIR) Group, Department of Engineering, Manchester Metropolitan University

Laurie is a Senior Lecturer in Chemistry at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her research is within the Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre. Outside of work, Laurie loves to be in the outdoors.

Dr. Yagya Regmi is an inorganic chemist interested in renewable energy storage and conversion. Regmi develops and tests materials and devices for fuel cell, electrolyser and hydrogen technologies.

Liz Price is Professor of Environmental Education and Academic Institutional Lead for the Environment at Manchester Metropolitan University with expertise in education for sustainable development.

Who developed the course?

Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Met University has a driving ambition to discover and disseminate knowledge and make higher education as accessible and beneficial to all those with the passion and ability to succeed.

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