Sustainable Energy

About the course

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This short course gives participants an overview of energy issues including the main ways in which energy is generated and patterns of energy consumption in different sectors. How we use energy in our homes, for transport and in commercial property has changed dramatically since the 1970s.

Climate change is an increasingly significant concern and those involved in planning and energy management need to consider both adaptation and mitigation strategies. Climate change is not the only factor leading to changes in energy production and consumption and energy security, peak oil and fuel poverty are also important drivers.

Energy use is most commonly considered at the scale of the individual building but it is also important at the neighbourhood and wider scale. Local authorities can play an important role at this wider scale by developing and implementing climate change plans.

Effective behaviour change strategies have been promoted as a solution to energy use in domestic and commercial buildings. During the course, participants will find out how successful strategies can be informed by research in psychology and considered in practical applications from Dr Mike Page.

The course includes a site visit to Renewable Energy Systems (RES) in Kings Langley and award winning projects on the University campus. These include a ground source heat pump and the CUBE prototype house. At RES there are opportunities to find out more about the issues related to transferring to low carbon energy.

The teaching will be a combination of lecturing by academic staff; guest lectures by energy practitioners; seminar and workshop sessions and site visits. There will also be opportunities to share specific experience and concerns from participants own work.

This course is suitable for:

  • Planners working in the public and private sectors
  • Environmental and energy managers working in the public and private sectors
  • Voluntary sector organisations working on energy and climate change issues



Start DateEnd DateDay and TimeCostLink
28/05/202030/05/2020Thur to Sat 9-5£360Apply online

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