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Sustainability: Energy Transition

How does energy help us secure a sustainable future? Delve into energy systems to discover the path to sustainable solutions.

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Sustainability: Energy Transition

Explore sustainable energy with the experts at the University of Canterbury

To tackle the climate crisis, it’s important for us all to understand the complex problems we face and the significant transformational changes required.

On this three-week course, you’ll identify how energy plays a substantial role in our ability to secure a sustainable future.

Guided by the experts at the University of Canterbury (UC) College of Engineering (COE), this course will help you explore the relationship between energy and emissions, and the effects of climate change on the environment and our future.

Understand the complexity of our current energy systems

You’ll explore why our present energy systems are unsuitable as you identify the changes needed to work towards a sustainable future.

You’ll learn about the complexities of these systems and the need to take into account different parameters, including economic viability, so you understand the many factors to consider in energy transition.

Explore the limitations of renewable energy

With an understanding of our current energy systems, you’ll examine the limitations of renewable energy to help you explore solutions to tackle the challenges we face.

You’ll also explore the principle of energy transition and the concept of Energy Return on Energy Invested (ERoEI) for a deeper understanding of energy systems.

By the end of this course, you’ll have the knowledge to recognise the limitations of our current energy systems and identify the path to energy transition and sustainability.

What topics will you cover?

  • Why energy transition matters
  • Limitations of growth
  • The unsustainability of oil supply
  • Energy in our daily lives
  • Renewable energies
  • Energy return vs energy invested

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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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...

  • Describe energy's role in our ability to secure a sustainable future.
  • Reflect on why our present energy systems are unsustainable.
  • Explore the limitations in the transition to Renewable Energy.
  • Identify the principles of an economically viable Energy Transition.

Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for anyone interested in contributing to building a sustainable future.

It will be particularly of interest if you want to learn about the role of the energy transition in securing sustainability.

Who will you learn with?

Fiona currently works with New Zealand organisations to assist and support them in their transition to a strong and sustainable future

Patricio has over 10 years of experience in industry and academia. His current area of research focuses on transport as an energy system, working on strategic planning of freight transport systems

Who developed the course?

University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury strives to deliver excellent, research-informed education, and creative and innovative research. UC prepares its graduates to care, think and be future ready.

  • Established

    1873
  • Location

    Christchurch, New Zealand
  • World ranking

    Top 270Source: QS World University Rankings 2021

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  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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