Sustainable Energy Course at Victoria University. 27 July to 20 August 2015. Course tutor: Dr Eric Martinot

This interdisciplinary course surveys energy technologies, resources, economics, environmental impacts, and public policies, with an emphasis on renewable energy and energy efficiency for the power, transport, and building sectors. Comparative assessments among clean energy technologies and conventional fossil fuel technologies lead to analysis of policy options at local, national, and international levels. Options for long-term sustainable energy futures for New Zealand and the globe are discussed.

This course is offered as both a non-assessed professional development course (non-credit) and a 500-level special topic paper: www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/envi/529?year=2015


COURSE SCHEDULE AND LOCATION

Mondays and Thursdays, 12:40pm to 3:30pm, 27 July to 20 August (8 sessions total).  Classes are held in the Victoria annex of the Wellington Railway Station (part of Victoria's Pipitea campus).

COURSE OVERVIEW

This interdisciplinary course surveys energy technologies, resources, economics, environmental impacts, and public policies, with an emphasis on renewable energy and energy efficiency for the power, transport, and building sectors. Comparative assessments among clean energy technologies and conventional fossil fuel technologies lead to analysis of policy options at local, national, and international levels. Options for long-term sustainable energy futures for New Zealand and the globe are discussed.

Who should attend:  this course is for professionals and anyone interested in sustainable energy.  This includes: environmental and resource planning and management, energy sector, engineering, policy makers, architecture and building, local and regional government, and consultants.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Dr. Eric Martinot is a writer, educator, and scholar who has worked in the field of sustainable energy for 25 years. He has distinguished himself as a leading expert with many unique and pioneering contributions, and is widely recognized around the world. He is professor of management and economics at the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), where he was recently awarded the distinction of outstanding teacher of the year. He is also professor with BIT's Center for Energy and Environmental Policy. For one month each year, he teaches sustainable energy as an adjunct teaching associate at Victoria University of Wellington.

He has lived in China and Japan for the past 10 years and is concurrently senior fellow with the China National Renewable Energy Center, the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation, and the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies in Japan. Formerly he was a senior energy and environment specialist with the World Bank, where he managed a grants program for renewable energy market, policy, and capacity development in developing countries. He has held a dozen other positions during his career and lived in five countries. He is perhaps best-known as the original creator and lead author of the annual REN21 Renewables Global Status Report, which he directed and wrote from 2005-2010, as well as the sister 2013 REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report, a crowd-sourced view of the future. He holds degrees from the University of California Berkeley in Energy and Resources and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Electrical Engineering. For more information see http://www.martinot.info/contact.htm.

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