MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems

Course Information Package

Course Unit TitleENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICIES
Course Unit CodeMES503
Course Unit Details
Number of ECTS credits allocated6
Learning Outcomes of the course unitBy the end of the course, the students should be able to:
  1. Understand the fundamentals of energy policies.
  2. Identify the potential for renewable energy sources and conservation in relation to socio-economic aspects and environmental parameters.
  3. Exhibit knowledge and understanding of the way that the energy market is influenced from policies, regulations, legislation, directives and national schemes.
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
PrerequisitesNONECo-requisitesNONE
Recommended optional program componentsNONE
Course ContentsThis course will be comprised of two main modules / parts.  The first module will focus on the " Principles of Energy, Environment & Economics" while the second module will emphasize " Energy Policies and Market Structures".
A more detailed description of these modules is given below.

Module A: Principles of Energy, Environment & Economics
Through this module it is intended to enhance the knowledge of students on energy and the environment in synergy to economic aspects.
Discussion of the energy situation, the potential energy consumption and the contribution of environmental, economic and social criteria to energy policies.
Based on this framework, and considering the synergy between energy, environmental and economy, the environmental impact of fossil fuels and renewable energy is also examined as well as the benefit of energy conservation to the environmental and financial load.

Module B: Energy Policies and Market Structures
This module will cater to discussions on energy policies and market structures, and especially, how energy markets are affected from policies and government regulation, European Directives and the environment, in synergy to economic aspects. Discussion on the liberalization and integration of energy markets generates the critical thinking and the ability to apprehend the trends and changes on energy market.
Moreover, and focusing on energy efficiency, the electricity market is also examined as well as the building market, parameters which seriously influence the energy consumption. Finally national schemes and regulations relevant to CO2 emissions are presented in relation to energy market.
Finally, such topics as the energy design of buildings, the Kyoto Protocol and the use of Carbon-based levies, and national schemes for promoting energy efficiency and renewable sources will be discussed.
Recommended and/or required reading:
Textbooks
  • Solution Manual for Environmental Economics, Ed Balsdon, Charles Kolstad, Oxford University Press, 2000
  • Renewable Energy Policy and Politics: A Handbook for Decision-Making Karl Mallon (Ed), Earthscan Publications 2006
  • Successes and Failures in Regulating and Deregulating Utilities: Evidence from the UK, Europe and the USA, Colin Robinson (Ed), Edward Elgar Pub, 2004
  • Renewable Energy Policy and Politics: A Handbook for Decision-Making Karl Mallon (Ed), Earthscan Publications 2006
References
  • Economic Development and Environmental Sustainability, Ramon Lopez, Michael A. Toman, Oxford University Press, 2006
  • Janet Ramage, Energy: A Guidebook, Oxford University Press, 1997
  • The Political Economy of World Energy: An Introductory Textbook, Ferdinand Banks, World Scientific, 2007
  • The California Electricity Crisis: Causes and Policy Options, Christopher Weare, Public Policy Inst of California, 2003
  • Successes and Failures in Regulating and Deregulating Utilities: Evidence from the UK, Europe and the USA, Colin Robinson (Ed), Edward Elgar Pub, 2004
  • Renewable Energy Policy, Paul Komor, iUniverse, 2004
  • Energy and Environment Multiregulation in Europe: Multiregulation in Europe, Piotr Jasinski, Wolfgang Pfaffenberger (Eds), Ashgate Pub Ltd, 2001
Planned learning activities and teaching methodsThe taught part of course is delivered to the students by means of lectures, conducted with the help of computer presentations. Lecture notes and presentations are available through the web for students to use in combination with the textbooks.
The course material (notes, exercises, forum, etc) is maintained on the university’s e-learning platform
Assessment methods and criteria
Coursework50%
Final Exam50%
Language of instructionEnglish
Work placement(s)NO