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EP06: Energy and Climate Change

Module for the MPhil in Environmental Policy create and taught by Dr J.-F. Mercure. It covers elements of technology, energy systems, climate change and innovation, necessary to understand how climate policy is devised. 

Topics covered are:

  • Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the carbon cycle, the climate system. 
  • The impacts of climate change
  • The current state of global energy systems and global energy-related GHG emissions
  • Renewable and non-renewable energy systems and technology
  • Energy economics
  • Elements in technological change and evolutionary economics
  • The innovation chain: technology push, market pull, and related policies
  • Innovation and economic development
  • National and international climate policy

The module also includes a practical exercise carried out using the electricity sector simulation model FTT:Power in its simple Matlab implementation.

Lecture notes are available here:

  • Lecture 1: Introduction to energy and climate change
  • Lecture 2: Global energy resources & technology part I
  • Lecture 3: Global energy resources & technology part II
  • Lecture 4: Energy economics
  • Lecture 5: Innovation and technological change
  • Lecture 6: Innovation and economic development
  • Lecture 7: Climate change mitigation policy
  • Lecture 8: Planetary economics (by Michael Grubb)
  • Tutorial 1: Introduction to the EP06 coursework
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A key area of research at 4CMR over the past 5 years has been the development of the Future Technology Transformation model, used in exploring how policies influence global technology and carbon. This includes an on-line visualisation tool so you can view our results.

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4CMR works closely with the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance, with overlapping interests, skills and projects. C-EENRG is also located in the Department of Land Economy, with a core mission to "conduct integrative research on the governance of environmental transitions, understood as social and technological processes driven by environmental constraints that lead to fundamental changes in social organisation."

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