Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

Short Courses (CPD)

Short Courses (CPD)


In response to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, Newcastle University is not delivering any face-to-face CPD programmes before January 2021. If you are interested in studying any of our modules online, contact the CPD Unit for advice.


About the Course

Renewable Energy: Policy, Politics and Ethics

Gain an appreciation of the political and ethical context of renewable energy at international, national and local level.

You'll find out you how to critically evaluate Government energy strategies.

You'll consider the sustainability context of renewable energy, whether in the form of electricity, heat or transport. You'll be able to critically review Government energy policies and strategies, and decide whether they are adequate to achieve the extremely ambitious yet legally binding 2020 renewable energy and greenhouse gas emissions commitments.

This course is also delivered on at least one of the Faculty's Masters programmes in the School of Engineering or the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, and you will attend alongside full and part time registered students.

Course dates

This course has already been delivered or dates are currently being arranged. Submit an Expression of Interest if you would like to be notified of future dates.

Objectives and Outline

Renewable Energy: Policy, Politics and Ethics

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, you'll be familiar with the use of a variety of monitoring techniques, including:

  • oil analysis
  • acoustic, electrical and temperature measurements

Knowing these techniques will help you to assess the condition and maintenance requirements of of plant and equipment.

You'll be able to:

  • use calculations, evaluation and problem solving skills relevant to power distribution engineering
  • measure the level of partial discharge
  • use the information to determine the condition and required maintenance regime of the distribution plant
  • analyse and process data to improve performance and minimise maintenance costs

Course Outline

  • Why Renewable Energy?
    • Brief history of renewable energy
    • UK energy policy to 2003
  • Development of UK Energy Policy
    • Review of pre-school assignment
    • UK energy policy 2003 to date
  • Policies, Politics Ethics
    • Introduction to 'Politics'
    • Introduction to 'Ethics'
  • Review of Mallon's Book
    • Review of Ch.1-3 of course textbook
  • Climate Change and Energy
    • Global population growth
    • Global energy demand
    • Greenhouse Gas Emissions
    • Contraction and Convergence
    • Socolow's wedges
  • Sustainability and The Energy Hierarchy
    • Definitions of Sustainability
    • 'Triple Bottom Line' Diagrams
    • Dwindling fossil fuel supplies
    • Using the Energy Hierarchy
  • NIMBYism and Technical Illiteracy
    • NIMBYism and Planning issues
    • Growing problem of 'technical illiteracy'
  • Sustainable Heat
    • The UK's primary need for heat energy
    • Recovery of wasted heat
    • Passive solar principles and the Passivhaus concept
  • Sustainable Biofuels
    • Different types of 'energy crops'
    • Solid, liquid and gaseous biofuels
    • Conversion technologies
    • Food vs. fuel debate
    • Gallagher Review
  • Sustainable Transport Energy
    • 2020 energy and emissions commitments for transport
    • The Carbon Challenge for transport
    • Problems and solutions
  • Integrated Energy Policy
    • German Federal Integrated Strategy
    • the 'negawatt' power station (California)
  • Energy from Waste
    • Introduction to waste management
    • the Waste Hierarchy
    • Intro. To Energy from Waste (EfW)
    • Waste Incineration Directive (WID)
  • Waste as Resource
    • Development of the 'Waste as Resource' (WaR) concept
    • Practical implementation
  • EfW and Ethics
    • Review of IMechE Reports on EfW and WaR
    • Discussion of ethical and political issues
  • Barriers to achieving targets
    • Government and Public Sector
    • Abuse of BAT and WID
    • Role of EA and SEPA
    • public misconceptions
  • Case Studies
    • Application of ethical principles to different renewable energy technologies
  • Sustainability and The Energy Hierarchy
    • Definitions of Sustainability
    • 'Triple Bottom Line' Diagrams
    • Dwindling fossil fuel supplies
    • Using the Energy Hierarchy
  • NIMBYism and Technical Illiteracy
    • NIMBYism and Planning issues
    • Growing problem of technical illiteracy
Course dates

This course has already been delivered or dates are currently being arranged. Submit an Expression of Interest if you would like to be notified of future dates.

Further Information

Renewable Energy: Policy, Politics and Ethics

Prerequisites

Prerequisite knowledge

To attend the course, you should have a reasonable level of knowledge of the following topics:

  • Familiarity with critical evaluation of complex issues involving finance, planning, policy, management etc, preferably at Bachelor level or equivalent prior experience
  • An awareness of economic, environmental, political and societal contexts
  • Basic mathematical facility and awareness of scientific thought
  • English language competence to a minimum of IELTS 7 or equivalent

Please contact the Professional Development Unit if you require further information.

Academic Module Outline

This course is also delivered as a Module (code SPG8009) on at least one of the Faculty's Masters programmes, the majority of which can be studied part time, making them suitable for those in employment. You will attend with full and part time registered students. The Academic Module Outline is available via the University's Module Catalogue.

Course Materials

During the course, you will be able to access course materials electronically using the University Wifi. We suggest that you bring a laptop or tablet with PDF viewer if you wish to refer to the notes during the course. Please ensure that you make sure your electronic device is fully charged, as access to charging points may be limited within the lecture rooms.

Update to Course Content

Please note that our courses are reviewed regularly, both in response to feedback and so that information about recent research and developments can be included. Thus, content may be subject to change.

Presenters

Renewable Energy: Policy, Politics and Ethics

Presenters

Newcastle University
Academic Professionals
  • Prof Ian Arbon

Fees

Renewable Energy: Policy, Politics and Ethics

Fees

  • Renewable Energy: Policy, Politics and Ethics
    • £1325 (duration 7 days)

We offer a 30 percent discount to full time students and to Newcastle University staff.

The course fee includes tuition, course materials, lunch and refreshments.

[ Information about Cancellations ]

Formal assessment may be available for this Course. Assessment attracts an additional fee of £365, and delegates will be issued with a transcript and Certificate of Credit Achieved.

This course has already been delivered or dates are currently being arranged. Submit an Expression of Interest if you would like to be notified of future dates.