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