LANCASTER University’s marketing blurb says: “It is difficult to open a newspaper without coming across articles on global warming and energy security or an advertisement claiming ‘greenness’ as a reason to buy particular products or services.
“There is no longer any doubt that global warming is a real threat and that competition for energy supplies could be hugely destabilising politically.”
The UK Energy White Paper published on May 23, 2007, proposes action to reduce energy use as well as rapid development of low-carbon energy supplies – including a much greater role for renewable energy and the construction of new nuclear power stations.
Lancaster has seized on this by framing a Master’s in Low Carbon Energy.
It is described as an innovative new course aimed at the professionals in industry and government – those responsible for implementing the changes that will realise the UK Government’s objective of cutting Britain’s carbon emissions by 60% by 2050.
The university rightly points out that decision-makers in industry, public services or government wanting to reduce their organisations’ climate impact are faced with a dilemma – cut the level of service or work more efficiently. It claims this course is designed to let them do the latter.
The diet has been conceived for managers and engineers in responsible positions in their businesses who may find themselves carrying the brief for implementing board policy to reduce their “carbon footprint”.
Or perhaps they are faced with ever escalating energy prices but, short of turning down the thermostats in winter and asking employees to wear sweaters, are not sure how to react to the new challenges.
The modules comprise:
Strategic health, safety and environmental management.
Low-carbon energy use.
Nuclear engineering systems.
For more information, contact Professor Roger Kemp, director of studies, at firstname.lastname@example.org