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SOEE5561M Climate Change Mitigation

15 creditsClass Size: 120

Module manager: Paul Brockway

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module outlines the relative significance of main sources of greenhouse gases and the potential technologies and strategies for reducing them. Students will gain an understanding of the key challenges for controlling the emissions of greenhouse gases from different sources.The module is divided into two overarching themes. The first theme provides an understanding of the mitigation options in different sectors including the energy, transport, housing and the agricultural sector. The second theme explores how the transition to a low carbon economy could happen through the use of different scenarios and pathways and policy options.


On completion of this module students should have:

- An appreciation of the scale of change needed to achieve specific outcomes
- To understand options available for specific topics (housing, transport, energy production)
- Confidence in critically assessing a country's mitigation strategy
- Knowledge of potential pathways towards a low carbon economy
- An appreciation of the available policy options
- Be able to talk confidently about climate change mitigation to a policy expert
- An understanding of the complexitiy of negotiations and self interest in the climate change debate.

Learning outcomes
The student should develop knowledge of different sources of greenhouse gases, their relative significance, and ways to reduce them. In addition they will develop an understanding of the key challenges for controlling the emissions of greenhouse gases from different sources. The students should be able to assess popular articles in the press and online for their scholarly merits. Many students have gone on to take positions in business, consultancy and government related to climate change mitigation.


1. Introduction to Climate Change Mitigation
2. Global Energy Technology Mitigation Scenarios
3. Scenario building for climate change mitigation modelling
4. Renewable energy technologies
5. Energy Demand and Buildings
6. Transport and mobility
7. Industry, materials and products
8. Agriculture and forestry - The role of REDD+
9. How to write a rapid evidence assessment report
10. Big ideas: Global Climate Change Governance / Carbon pricing, regulation and standards
11. Big Ideas: Role of energy demand and economic growth / Reflections on low carbon transitions

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours120.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

The students are expected to prepare for each lecture by reading 2-3 core assigned texts so that they will be able to participate in discussion and group work in lectures and in seminars, spending around 5 hours a week.

The course assessment will involve one written assignments (40 hours) and preparation of a presentation (15 hours).

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Formative feedback provided during group tutorials in week 1-5.
- Formative feedback provided during group presentations in week 6-7.
- Summative feedback in the form of one 3500-word course assessment (rapid evidence assessment) set in week 2, and returned in week 12.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3500 Word Written Assignment85.00
PresentationGroup presentation15.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resits will be arranged for the assignment on an individual basis.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 03/02/2023


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