Designing a Climate-Neutral World: Taking Action
Every action matters Every bit of warming matters Every year matters Every choice matters.
This was the brief summary of a 2018 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the scientific advisory board of the United Nations. But who should act?
In earlier courses, we already set out what is needed to limit the impact of climate change. In this course, we will explore the role of national governments, the international community, companies, and sub-national governments, like cities, municipalities, provinces, and regions.
We start from the idea that climate governance is polycentric. None of these parties can mitigate the dangers of climate change all by themselves. Each of these types of organization has its particular strength. If you work or plan to work in or with any such organization, then through this course you will learn how to be successful and effective in playing your part in mitigating climate change.
Important elements that will be discussed for the various players in the field are:
- What roles can the different organizations play?
- How can emission reduction targets be set so that they are both ambitious and feasible?
- How can meaningful emission reduction plans be developed that actually result in emission reduction on the ground?
Examples will be presented by professionals who have been successful in their own organization. They are willing to share the failures and critical success factors in their strategies
Upcoming start dates
- Self-paced Online
Who should attend?
- Have a basic understanding of energy systems and emission sources and calculations.
- Have a basic understanding of what emission reductions, like renewable energy and energy efficiency, can contribute within various sectors.
- Previous MOOCs of this program are recommended.
National action and international agreements
- Brief history of climate negotiations
- The Paris Agreement
- NDCs’ and national targets/laws
- Cross-sectoral and sectoral policies
- Climate policies in practice
Climate action by cities and other sub-national governments
- The role of non-state entities in climate action
- Overview of sub-national government initiatives
- Action perspectives for cities and municipalities
- Example: a small town
- Example: a big city
Climate action by companies
- Overview of private-sector climate action
- Science-based targets
- Why does it work?
- Supply chain initiatives
- Corporate climate action in practice
Speeding up climate action
- Every bit of warming matters
- Climate action on energy efficiency
- Climate action on renewable electricity
- Climate action on renewable fuels
- World in action
Course delivery details
This course is offered through The Georgia Institute of Technology, a partner institute of EdX.
4-5 hours per week
- Verified Track -$149
- Audit Track - Free
Certification / Credits
What you'll learn
- Understand how international climate agreements work.
- Assess the sphere of influence of your own organization.
- Learn how national climate policies are designed and work, and be able to evaluate the relevance of existing policies for your organization.
- Learn how ambitious and feasible GHG emission reduction targets for companies are set and discover how to translate these into a climate action plan.
- Learn to apply approaches to tackle greenhouse gas emissions in supply chains.
- Learn how ambitious and feasible GHG emission reduction targets for cities and municipalities are set and learn how to translate these into climate action plans.
- Decide in which areas the greatest acceleration of climate action is needed.
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