Postgraduate Course: Climate Change Management (PGGE11127)
|School||School of Geosciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course considers climate change mitigation at a range of scales from the local to global, the role of the public, private and third sectors and includes an array of options and possible technologies including renewables, carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS), energy efficiency, demand reduction and geoengineering. The focus is global though examples will frequently draw upon experience in the UK and other parts of Europe. The course explores the role of science in defining the problem of climate change and the need for managing emissions within known carbon budgets, therefore requiring deep greenhouse gas emission cuts. Scenarios of possible future emissions will be presented and analysed and the adequacy of emission control targets at the international and national scales will be presented and critically evaluated. The challenge of the multiple-agendas and drivers at work in addition to climate change in all domains, including 'energy', 'land-use' and 'consumption' will be explored and the implications drawn-out. The key overarching conceptual framework that will be introduced is Michael Grubb's 'three domains / three pillars' analysis. This allows for a coherent approach to understanding carbon mitigation efforts from the behavioural and practice-focused (e.g. energy efficiency), market-based instruments to systemic, larger-scale and longer-term innovation processes. A secondary framework that will be used is 'socio-technical transitions' (also known as the 'multi-level perspective') in order to emphasise the social dimensions of change required. Through using these frameworks, we will also be evaluating the adequacy, effectiveness and fairness of climate change mitigation policies, options, actions and measures.
- Future Emission Pathways and Policy Targets
- The Three Domains
- The Three Pillars
- The Three Domains and the Three Pillars Applied
- Wind energy - A developers perspective
- TUTORIAL - World Climate Exercise
- The solar PV revolution and integrating diverse RE sources into smart grids
- Autarkic urban energy systems
- Marine Renewables
- TUTORIAL The UK Energy Market
- Climate Engineering
- Climate Policy Post Paris
- TUTORIAL: Stabilisation Wedges
- Non-CO2 GHGs
- Energy Efficiency
- MACCs - their uses and abuses
- TUTORIAL: Exam preparation
- Systemic innovation and socio-technical transitions
- Course Review
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Co-requisites|| Students MUST also take:
Dissertation in Carbon Management (PGGE11128)
||Other requirements|| Any student wishing to take this course who is not on the MSc in Carbon Management programme must seek the permission of the Course Organiser.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Form of Assessment:
- Group presentation on relevant topic - allocated in week 3 for delivery in week 5 (20%).
- Individual business/policy memo allocated in week 7 for delivery in week 8 (20%).
- Take Home Exam- to be completed in 24 hours (60%).
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand the concept of carbon budgeting and its application to policy making.
- Understand the major policies, options, measures and technologies for both limiting greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere and for reducing atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases.
- Comprehend the major sources of CO2 and other greenhouse gases from a socio-economic perspective and to understand key future trends.
- Think critically about greenhouse gas control using environmental, techno-scientific, socio-economic, political and cultural frameworks and criteria.
|Students are required to read:|
Chapters 1 to 5 and 9 to 12 (inclusive): Michael Grubb, with Jean-Charles Houcarde and Karsten Neuhoff (2014), Planetary Economics: Energy, climate change and the three domains of sustainable development, Routledge.
Other useful texts are:
Grin, J., Rotmans, J. and Schot, J. (2010), Transitions to Sustainable Development: New Directions in the Study of Long Term Transformative Change, Routledge.
Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Summary for Policymakers plus other chapters (or sections thereof) as appropriate. All available free of charge from:
The New Climate Economy: The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate (2014). The Executive Summary and more information on particular topics of interest. Available for free at : http://newclimateeconomy.report/
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||This course is only available to students studying the MSc in Carbon Management. Students are not permitted to audit this course unless formally agreed with the course organiser.
|Keywords||PGGE11127 mitigation,renewable energy,geoengineering,methane,nitrous oxide,project developme
|Course organiser||Dr Simon Shackley
Tel: (0131 6)50 7862
|Course secretary||Mrs Karolina Galera
Tel: (0131 6)50 2572
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