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Delft University of Technology

Climate-Neutral World: Theory, Applications and Taking Action

Delft University of Technology via edX Professional Certificate

Overview

Mitigation of climate change is one of the most important challenges of our times. To prevent irreversible damage to human societies and the environment, it was agreed that world countries should limit the global average temperature rise to well below 2 °C or even to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels.

But where to start, and how to take action?

This 4-course program is designed for the next generation of policy-makers, sustainability consultants or professionals and students from various fields who want to obtain basic knowledge about climate change and to get an overview of mitigation strategies in various industries and organizations. It will provide you with knowledge and basic skills and tools to design a concrete action plan to make your organization climate-neutral.

In the first three courses, you will get insights into the what and how of greenhouse gas emission reductions: what are technologies and behavioural changes that are effective, how to analyze their potential, cost-effectiveness and feasibility, and which policies and strategies can be used to implement them. In the fourth course, you will integrate those insights into action and learn to define targets and develop a feasible action plan for an organization to reduce its carbon footprint and become climate-neutral.

We invite you to join this journey, bring your own experiences and challenges and to discuss these with like-minded peers who want to tackle humanity’s greatest challenge just like you!

Syllabus

Courses under this program:
Course 1: Designing a Climate-Neutral World: An Introduction

Learn about climate change strategies and the basic tools used for evaluating alternative options for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions



Course 2: Designing Climate-Neutral Buildings and Transport

Familiarize yourself with decarbonization measures in the building and transport sectors. Learn about trends in energy usage, carbon intensity, and potential of available alternatives to limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.



Course 3: Designing Climate-Neutral Industry and Electricity Generation

Learn about types and sources of industrial emissions and tools to mitigate them. Learn what the options are for climate-neutral electricity and review the strategies for dealing with the variability of renewable energy.



Course 4: Designing a Climate-Neutral World: Taking Action

Explore the role of national governments, municipalities, companies and the international community in climate change mitigation. Learn to set reduction targets yourself and translate them into action plans.



Courses

Taught by

Kornelis Blok, Mirjam Harmelink, Natalia Barbour, Mar Pérez-Fortes, Paola Ibarra-Gonzalez, Brendon De Raad, Samantha Tanzer and Gijsbert Korevaar

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