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The Grantham Institute’s Clean Energy Program is a professional certificate program on the global transition to a low-carbon energy system.

The Clean Power program, developed by the Grantham Institute – Climate Change and the Environment and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), consists of three Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) accessible from anywhere in the world and available for free on EdX . Those who complete the courses can pay a small fee to receive a professional certificate.

The cost of renewables continues to fall in this pivotal time for action. This course helps participants from around the world understand the range of local benefits that renewable energy brings – from health to energy security. Alyssa Gilbert Director of Policy and Translation at the Grantham Institute

As demand for clean energy soars and costs fall, change in this space is rapid. So Imperial experts have improved the course materials and updated them with the latest research and new case studies from Brazil, Indonesia and the UK.

Since the launch of the courses in 2018, more than 25,000 students from 170 countries have committed to the program; some having no prior knowledge on the subject, others actively working on the clean energy transition.

Taught by current and former Imperial scholars including Professor Joanna Haigh, Dr Kris Murray, Professor Richard Green, Dr Ajay Gambhir, Dr Jeffrey Hardy and Dr Clementine Chambon, the courses focus on why why the world urgently needs to shift to a cleaner energy sector, how policy and regulation can create a “renewable-friendly” environment, and how to integrate renewables into power grids. Each course lasts approximately 2-5 hours per week, spread over 5-6 weeks.

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Reaching Net Zero and the Benefits of Clean Energy

Clean energy has many benefits. Not only does this help us deal with the climate crisis, but it’s also cheaper, healthier and will help the global economy grow.

Portrait of Alyssa Gilbert“The latest round of international climate change negotiations in Glasgow in November 2021 saw countries commit to long-term net zero emissions targets alongside the Glasgow Pact,” said Alyssa Gilbert, Director of Policy and the translation at the Grantham Institute (photo). “To reach net zero, countries will need to reduce carbon intensity across all their sectors, and energy is more easily managed with renewables. The cost of renewables continues to fall in this pivotal time for action. This course helps participants around the world understand the range of benefits, at the local level, that renewable energy brings – from health to energy security.”

“Our course includes a catalog of case studies to inspire new thinking and help people move towards the clean energy revolution. a low-carbon future in their own country.”

Development of clean energy action plans around the world

Course participants learn to develop clean energy action plans tailored to their local context and will help accelerate the transition to a global low-carbon energy system.

“We hope edX Professional Certification will be the new credential standard for policy makers and leaders working on clean energy in government, civil society, politics and business,” said Richard Green, professor of sustainable energy at Imperial College Business School. “The platform’s discussion forums provide an opportunity for participants to connect as part of an actively engaged global community, seek advice on overcoming obstacles that stand in the way of progress, and share ideas and success stories from their regions. “

The Clean Power program is part of the edX online platform, which has nine million registered students and offers more than 900 online courses. Several leading figures in the field of climate and the environment feature in the course, including Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and Dr. Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency.

The Clean Energy Center

Industrialized countries with higher historic greenhouse gas emissions, such as the UK, have a responsibility to support the transition to clean energy in low- and middle-income countries, which have lower historic emissions and are heavily dependent on the most polluting fossil fuel – coal.

Since launching these courses in 2018, CIFF has launched the Clean Power Hub, a knowledge hub to provide technical assistance to key emerging economies to help them transition their electricity sectors to clean energy. .

As part of the Clean Power Hub, Imperial, with funding from CIFF, produced two interactive courses in partnership with the Confederation of Indian Industry, WWF India and Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB). The courses, Corporate Procurement of Renewables in Indonesia and Corporate Procurement of Renewables in India, are both available on the Clean Power Hub. Applications will open later this year, with details of how to apply posted on the course pages.


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Text written by Amina Jahan Ali

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