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Learn about energy transition with online courses and programs

Populations are growing and the climate is changing. Addressing both of these factors requires sustainable development. Transitions to renewable energy sources like wind and solar power can reduce reliance on fossil fuels and increase energy efficiency.

What is energy transition?

Energy transition is the shift in the overall production, distribution, and consumption of energy. Traditional energy sources like coal, oil, and natural gas, can trap heat in the earth’s atmosphere and contribute to global warming. Transitioning to more sustainable alternatives like solar, wind, and hydropower can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Individuals, businesses, and even governments can contribute to energy efficiency in a variety of ways, including:

  • Individuals can use energy-efficient appliances, reduce waste at home, support renewable energy initiatives, and advocate for sustainable energy policies.

  • Businesses can invest in renewable energy technologies, which can reduce their carbon footprint and enhance consumer trust.

  • Governments can set policies, incentives, and regulations that promote a transition to renewable energy sources.

Making a long-term energy transition does not come without challenges. Renewable resources are not always predictable, and energy storage and infrastructure upgrades can be costly. You can make informed choices and support the transition to a clean energy future by learning about energy transition with edX courses.

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Energy transition course curriculum

Anyone can benefit from a greater understanding of different renewable energy sources. Energy transition courses on edX cover a variety of related concepts, such as:

  • Energy markets and their function

  • Economic approaches for achieving energy transition

  • Tools and instruments necessary for stimulating the energy transition

  • Effective communication with policy makers and consumer organizations

  • Economic policy measures in energy transition

Depending on your personal and professional goals, you may also pursue courses that discuss electric or hybrid cars, sustainable energy and clean power, and energy supply systems for buildings. Familiarity with these topics can help you make more energy-efficient decisions regardless of where you live or work.

edX offers online courses that allow learners to study a variety of topics including environmental science, sustainability, and much more. ‌Sign up for an accelerated boot camp or enroll in a full degree program and start working toward a bachelor's degree or (for more advanced learners) a master’s degree in a relevant subject. You can also explore executive education programs specifically designed for busy professionals.

Explore energy transition jobs

Understanding the pros, cons, and uses of current and potential new energy sources can supplement your knowledge in a variety of fields. From identifying opportunities for energy transition to implementing the policies that enforce their use, here are just some of the roles that can use this specialized knowledge:

  • Electrician: Installs and maintains electrical infrastructure for renewable energy projects and upgrades the power grid to accommodate renewable energy sources.Footnote 1

  • Environmental engineer: Assesses the environmental impact of energy projects and helps develop strategies to minimize negative effects.Footnote 2

  • Government official: Develops and implements policies and regulations that support renewable energy adoption, reduce emissions, and enhance energy security.Footnote 3

  • Real estate agent: Helps clients buy or sell properties with energy-efficient features, such as solar panels or high-efficiency appliances.Footnote 4

  • Social scientist: Studies the societal impacts of energy transition, including equity issues and community acceptance of renewable energy projects.Footnote 5

Each of these roles will have different education and skills requirements. For example, some employers may seek candidates with a degree in engineering, depending on the role. Before deciding on a specific learning path, research the positions you hope to pursue and align your coursework with your career goals.