Netherlands, Amsterdam

The Global Energy Transition in a Fossil World

online course
when 6 July 2020 - 17 July 2020
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 500

The need for a global transition to a low-carbon energy sector is contested by few, but opinions on what this means in practice and on how to get there vary widely. This course will focus on the societal side of energy transition and the dilemmas that still need to be solved for effective change.

Global carbon emissions have decreased by nowhere near the margins needed to meet the targets set in the Paris Climate Agreement. In this arena of opposing energy interests vying for prominence, there are still many unresolved questions and dilemmas regarding the future of the energy transition. For example, if carbon markets and technical innovation are promoted by many as textbook solutions, why is worldwide implementation lagging so far behind? If carbon capture and storage are being promoted as a solution for using fossil fuels for long as necessary, how can we prevent a continued fossil fuel lock-in? And if it is correct that developing countries are set to reach similar welfare levels to first-world countries in the years to come, how can the corresponding significant rise in global energy demand be met sustainably?

Course leader

Dr Stephan Sligerland

Target group

Bachelor’s students, Master’s students and energy professionals with an interest in energy transition and sustainability, societal transformation and governance. If you have doubts about your eligibility for the course, please let us know. Our courses are multi-disciplinary and therefore are open to students and professional with a wide variety of backgrounds, from the social to the natural sciences.

Course aim

At the end of this course you will:
• understand the main concepts and theories in energy transition and be able to put them into the wider context of global sustainable development;
• know what has been achieved on the road to energy transition so far;
• have gained an overview of the greatest challenges and proposed solutions for the future of the energy transition;
• have a clear insight into your own preferred solutions for the energy transition and the main pros and cons of these solutions.

Credits info

3 EC
Contact Hours: 45
Do you want to make the most out of your summer? You can combine this course with a course in session 2 to create a 4-week Online Summer School.

Fee info

EUR 500: The tuition fee for a two-week online course is €500. This tuition fee includes:
•Two week online course
•Exclusive content for a limited number of students
•Transcript of records with a maximum of 3 ECTS (European study credits)
•Certificate of attendance after completing the course
•Individual/group guidance from professor
•Interactive classes
•Full support from the summer school team
•Optional (virtual) social programme