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ONLINE: Introduction to Energy Transition (ETR910)


    As the most abundant greenhouse gas in our atmosphere, CO2 levels have risen from a pre industrial baseline of 280 ppm to ~420 ppm leading to a rise in average global temperatures at a rate unprecedented in geological past.
    The use of energy represents by far the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions from human activities globally. About two-thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions are linked to burning fossil fuels for energy to be used for heating, electricity, transport, and industry. A rapid decarbonisation of our energy system has therefore become increasingly urgent, leading to a whole spectrum of activity collectively known as the "Energy Transition".
    This course will cover key aspects of renewable energy solutions, including how they can integrate together to replace the reliability of supply we have been used to from fossil fuels.

    Course Structure: 3 modules of 4 hours each, delivered over 3 days
    Each day will consist of 1 module, split into3 units with 2 breaks of 10 minutes each.

    Course Level: Awareness / Foundation
    Duration: 3 days
    Instructor: Gijs Holstege

    Designed for you, if you are...

    • An engineer or manager new to the oil and gas industry
    • Professional interested in the energy transition
    • Non-technical professional who is working in or with clients from this industry (example, professionals from a banking, insurance and environmental background)

    How we build your confidence

    • The course will be interactive with the inclusion of exercises, quizzes, and case studies.
    • Participants are invited but not obliged to bring a short presentation of maximum 10 mins on the energy transition challenges they are facing in their own country. This will then be explained and discussed during the course.
    • A short test or quiz will be held on each day of the course.

    The benefits from attending

    By the end of the course participants will learn to:
    • Appreciate the science of climate change, how human induced (anthropogenic) change is now the dominant factor
    • Understand how the global energy system impacts greenhouse gases with the subsequent effect on climate change
    • Develop an understanding of the energy transition journey to date including the role of global stakeholders
    • Uncover the different industrial sectors and fuel consumers, and how each uses energy and lend themselves to decarbonisation (or not)
    • Uncover key aspects of renewable energy solutions, including how they can integrate together to replace the reliability of supply we have been used to from fossil fuels
    • Understand the overview for energy transition economics and what is required in terms of regulatory and policy changes to accelerate the transition


    Climate change. Is it happening and is it an issue?
    • Introduction, climate and earth’s energy balance
    • Radiative Forcing and evidence for climate change
    • Climate modelling, Greenhouse gas emission scenarios
    • The carbon budget

    Decarbonising the Energy System
    • Collaboration through IPCC, UN, and the National Determined Contributions (NDC’s)
    • United States NDC’s discussion (example)
    • The global energy system today and how it needs to change
    • Decarbonisation pathways and challenges per sector, role of electrification
    • CCS and Hydrogen
    • Intermittency, batteries, wind and solar
    • Nature based solutions

    Transition Dilemmas
    • The Energy Transition Game (exercise)
    • A just and fair transition
    • Weaning us off fossil fuel
    • Capital investment
    • Carbon pricing and emissions trading
    • Policy and regulatory collaboration
    • People, behaviour, and society



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