Energy and Climate Change Seminar

Students should understand the intrinsic relationship between energy and climate change in the technological,
economic and environmental , so that they can come to analyze, evaluate and decide in the context of energy
and climate change.
Students should acquire knowledge and skills in the fields of renewable energy vs. fossil fuels, energy
efficiency and other climate mitigation options. It is intended that students acquire knowledge from the
perspective of public policies, particularly on mitigation instruments such as the European emission trading
scheme, as well as from the companies, as corporate climate strategies , carbon footprint of products in
markets mitigation voluntary , voluntary carbon markets .
It is expected that students apprehend the approach of systems analysis in order to straddling the inter -
relationships between the various components of the energy system and its implications for climate change .

The syllabus includes the following topics :
i ) fundamental concepts and calculations for energy and emissions of greenhouse gases;
ii ) modeling of energy systems and their relation with emissions of greenhouse gases: tools for designing and
analyzing the drivers of energy projection , consideration of uncertainty;
iii ) renewable energy: state of the art conversion technologies (marketing and R&D) , endogenous resources,
resource costs and technology learning curves ;
iv ) energy efficiency, technological potential and conditioning factors; regulatory framework in Europe .
v ) climate mitigation: technological options and decision criteria; regulatory framework in Europe (the Energy -
Climate Package)
vi) mechanisms to promote low carbon economies: cap and trade schemes; corporate climate strategies:
carbon footprint of products in markets mitigation voluntary, voluntary carbon markets .