Course: Intro to Sustainable Energy Provision and Demand Management (Part A)

Centre for Alternative Technology

Pantperthog, Machynlleth, Powys
9th - 15th September, 2018 01654 704966 Amanda Smith

Cost: Waged £770, Low Waged / Concessions £695

Sectors: carbon, climate & energy, sustainability

This seven day course is the first part of a two part introduction module to CAT’s new degree course Sustainability in Energy Provision and Demand Management, a solutions focussed degree where a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of how we are effected by and how we affect our environment is key to enabling us to make future ethical decisions on an individual, community and global level.

You will learn how to discern the wider implications of environmental change and the need for a sustainable approach to energy use, demand, supply and management and its influence on social structures, environment, economics, resource management and governance through a critical analysis and appreciation of the interconnectedness of the factors involved.

You will be introduced to the broad concept of sustainability and its implications.

Lecture topics include:

  • Environmental change, IPCC processes, and analysis of Mitigation challenges in energy generation and use in buildings, appliances and equipment, transport etc.
  • International and national approaches to energy provision and demand management.
  • UK and international markets, policy and support for renewable energy.
  • Introduction to policy and program evaluation.
  • Stock level analysis of buildings and equipment, Potential studies and scenario analysis (building on and supporting Zero Carbon Britain).
  • AC and DC electrical theory, grid connection issues for renewables.
  • Energy storage, smart grids and meters.
  • Ecosystem services, biodiversity, land use and water security.
  • Atmospheric carbon reduction.
  • Mechanisms of environmental change.
  • Health and well-being implications of environmental change.
  • Economic fundamentals and non-growth economic systems.
  • Transportation.
  • Adaptations needed for climatic changes and weather extremes.

The second half (Part B) of the module focussing on energy generation, supply and demand in cities is in November.

Studying this module as a short course enables the participant to become part of the wider network others working in the field of sustainability. The networking opportunities are excellent.

This course is developed and led by tutors from CAT’s Graduate School of the Environment.

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