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Imperial refreshes free online courses on the transition to a low-carbon energy system | Education

Imperial refreshes free online courses on the transition to a low-carbon energy system | Education
Imperial refreshes free online courses on the transition to a low-carbon energy system |

The Grantham Institute's Clean Power Program is a professional certificate program about the global transition to a low-carbon energy system

The Clean Power Program, developed by the Grantham Institute - Climate Change and the Environment and the Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), consists of three Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), available from anywhere in the world and available for free on edX  Huh.  ,  Those who complete the course may pay a small fee to obtain a Professional Certificate.

"The cost of renewable energy continues to decline at this critical time for action.  This course helps participants from around the world understand the range of benefits from renewable energy – from health to energy security at the local level." - Alyssa Gilbert (Director of Policy and Translation at the Grantham Institute).

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As the demand for clean energy grows and costs come down, this space is changing rapidly.  As such, experts at Imperial have improved course materials and updated them with the latest research and new country case studies on Brazil, Indonesia and the UK.

Since the courses were first introduced in 2018, more than 25,000 students from 170 countries have joined the program;  Some have no prior knowledge on the subject, others are actively working on the clean energy transition.

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Taught by current and former Imperial academics including Professor Joanna High, Dr Chris Murray, Professor Richard Green, Dr Ajay Gambhir, Dr Jeffrey Hardy and Dr Clementine Chambon, the courses focus on how the world needs to urgently have a clean power sector.  Why there is a need to move in, how policy and regulation can create a 'pro-renewables' environment, and how to incorporate renewable energy into the electricity grid.  Each course takes approximately 2-5 hours per week, spread over 5-6 weeks.

Reaching Net-Zero and the Benefits of Clean Power

There are many benefits to cleaning electricity;  Not only does it help us deal with the climate crisis, but it is also cheaper, healthier and will help the global economy grow.

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"In November 2021 at the latest round of international climate change negotiations in Glasgow, countries signed the Glasgow Treaty as well as a long-term net-zero emissions target," says Alyssa Gilbert, director of policy and translation at the Grantham Institute (pictured).  To reach net zero, countries will need to reduce carbon intensity in all their regions, and electricity is most easily addressed with renewable energy.  The cost of renewable energy is coming down at this critical time for action.  This course helps participants all over the world understand at the local level the range of benefits renewable energy brings – from health to energy security."

"Our curriculum includes a list of case studies to inspire new thinking and help people make progress towards the clean energy revolution. It helps students take the necessary steps to deliver a low-carbon future in their countries."  also provides incentives for reflection."

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Developing a Worldwide Clean Electricity Action Plan

Course participants learn how to develop clean energy action plans that are relevant to their local context, and will help accelerate the transition towards a global low-carbon energy system.

Richard Greene, Professor of Sustainable Energy Business at Imperial College Business School, says, “We are hoping that EDX's commercial certification will be the new accreditation standard for decision makers and leaders working on clean energy in government, civil society, policy and business.  Will happen."  The platform's discussion boards provide participants with opportunities to connect with an actively engaged global community, seek advice on overcoming obstacles to progress, and share insights and success stories from their fields."

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The Clean Power Program is part of the edX online platform, which has nine million registered students and runs more than 900 online courses.  Several prominent figures in the climate and environment sector are included in the course, including Cristiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and Dr. Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency.

Clean Power Hub

Industrialized countries with high historical greenhouse gas emissions, such as the UK, have a responsibility to support the clean energy transition to low- and middle-income countries that have historically low emissions and rely heavily on the dirtiest fossil fuel – coal.

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Since these courses were first launched in 2018, CIFF has launched Clean Power Hub, a knowledge center to provide technical support to major emerging economies, to help them convert their power sectors to clean energy.

As part of the Clean Power Hub, Imperial has designed two interactive courses in partnership with the Confederation of Indian Industry, WWF India and Institut Technology Bandung (ITB), with funding from CIFF.  The courses, Corporate Purchasing of Renewable Energy in Indonesia and Corporate Purchasing of Renewable Energy in India, are both available at the Clean Power Hub.  The application will open later this year, with details on how to apply published on the syllabus pages.

Source: Amina Jahan Ali, Imperial College London