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Energy and Climate Change

MPhil EP Module EP06

Pablo Salas

Leslie-Anne Duvic-Paoli

This course introduces the student to issues related to energy policy in conjunction with greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. In contrast to EP07 (climate change policy and land development) this course focuses specifically on energy related emissions and technology. The aim is to provide an understanding of the wide-ranging cross-disciplinary issues involved in climate change and its mitigation from both an energy and technology perspective, as well as a legal and political standpoint. Current knowledge of global energy resources is explored, renewable and non-renewable, with some energy economics. The student will then be introduced to some concepts of innovation, diffusion and technological change, and their relationship with economics. Climate and energy will then be treated in light of international law and policy: the course will present the international legal climate regime, including its latest developments, and the extent to which energy has moved from being a purely national matter to an object of international regulation. Finally, we will discuss how policy and legal instruments can contribute to moving towards a low-carbon economy.