Checking date: 02/06/2022

Course: 2022/2023

Climate change, energy and global governance
Study: M. Global Sustainable Development and Global Governance (376)


Department assigned to the subject: Social Sciences Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


- Comprehension of the importance of production processes and energy consumption in the economics carbon intensity - Knowledge of the role of the production processes and energy consumption in the transition to decarbonized energetic systems. - Comprehension of the main determinants of climate change mitigation related to the production and use of energy (technologic and behavioural factors) as well as the method s for its identification. - Knowledge of the role and relevance that different energetic technologies can play in the climate change mitigation, with special thoughtfulness on electric generation technologies and, within these, renewable technologies. - Grasp of fundamental concepts of the economy of renewable energies that allow students to identify its benefits and costs in the context of the decarbonized energetic transition. - Profound knowledge of the public policies that support the decarbonized energetic transition, with emphasis on the promotion of energetic efficiency and renewable technologies in the electric generation system. - Ability to compare policies and instruments to detect their advantages, inconveniences, and applicability in different contexts. - Comprehension of the functioning of institutions and global governance mechanisms related to the energetic transition.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
- The energy transition and climate change: the contribution of energy to climate change and climate change mitigation. - Use and production of energy: the role of technological and behavioral change in climate mitigation. - Renewable energy technologies. The costs and benefits of renewable energy in the perspective of climate mitigation. - Policies for the energy transition and climate change mitigation. - International and supranational institutions tackling climate change and energy transitions, their varying platforms, agreements and strategies, principles and challenges of global governance in this context.
Learning activities and methodology
-Theorical classes - Theoretical-practical classes - Group assignment - Individual assignment - Partial and final exams
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 40
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 60
Additional Bibliography
  • Del Río, P. y Ragwitz. Handbook on the Economics of Renewable Energy. Edward Elgar. 2023
  • IEA. Renewable Energy Market Update Outlook for 2022 and 2023. IEA. 2022
  • IEA. Clean energy innovation. IEA. 2020
  • IEA. A 10-Point Plan to Cut Oil Use. IEA. 2022
  • IEA. The Role of Low-Carbon Fuels in the Clean Energy Transitions of the Power Sector. IEA. 2021
  • IEA. Global Hydrogen Review 2021. IEA. 2021
  • IEA. Global Energy Review: CO2 Emissions in 2021. IEA. 2022
  • IEA. Renewables 2021. Analysis and forecasts to 2026. IEA. 2021
  • IRENA. Climate Change and Renewable Energy. IRENA. 2019
  • IRENA. Renewable energy in national climate action. IRENA. 2018
  • IRENA. Turning to renewables: Climate-safe energy solutions. IRENA. 2017
  • IRENA. REthinking Energy: Renewable Energy and Climate Change. IRENA. 2015
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