Skip to main content

Explore concepts and tools to decarbonize interconnected global energy systems

XSeries Program in
Future Energy Systems

What you will learn

  • How to define your role in the energy system and drive the transition to sustainable energy.
  • How to evaluate modern energy technologies from engineering and socio-political perspectives.
  • How to apply economic and policy tools in real- world energy markets.
  • How to implement energy efficient design elements in buildings.
  • The role of transportation and mobility planning in climate action plans aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change.

The energy sector is the largest contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions driving climate change. Within a critical timeframe, we need people working in different industries, governments, and fields of study to drive the transition to more sustainable, accessible, and equitable energy systems. The Future Energy Systems X-Series consists of four online courses taught by renowned MIT faculty, researchers, and partners: Sustainable Energy, Energy Economics and Policy, Sustainable Building Design, and Transformative Living Labs in Urban Climate Action and Transportation Planning. These interdisciplinary courses include cutting- edge research from MIT and provides a multifaceted skill set that empowers learners to develop and deploy new energy technologies and solutions in diverse geo-political contexts.

Through innovative, collaborative online education tools, learners will also gain the insights needed to guide partnerships and financing decisions through access to a network of motivated energy professionals.

With a certification in Future Energy Systems, you will be prepared to evaluate renewable energy generation projects, increase energy efficiency in the built environment, craft clean energy and transportation policies, build stakeholder support, and ultimately drive decarbonization at local, regional, and global scales.

Expert instruction
4 high-quality courses
Assignments and exams have specific due dates
11 months
8 - 11 hours per week
Discounted price: $582.30
Pre-discounted price: $647USD
For the full program experience

Courses in this program

  1. MITx's Future Energy Systems XSeries Program

  2. Started Sep 5, 2023
    8–12 hours per week, for 13 weeks

    Learn to critically analyze modern energy technologies from engineering and socio-political perspectives, and gain the skills necessary to help the world meet rising energy demand while reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions driving climate change

  3. Started Sep 12, 2023
    8–12 hours per week, for 12 weeks

    Learn the economics of real-world energy markets, and how various policies can address the impact of rising global energy demand on the environment and climate.

  4. Starts Jan 16, 2024
    8–10 hours per week, for 6 weeks

    This course is an introduction to sustainable and equitable solutions in urban mobility, and to the “living labs” model: a method of co-development among public and private actors, researchers, and civil society to accelerate innovation in climate action and sustainable urban planning and development.

  5. Starts Mar 19, 2024
    8–10 hours per week, for 13 weeks

    Learn and explore key scientific principles, technologies, and analysis techniques for designing comfortable indoor environments while reducing energy use and associated climate change effects.

Meet your instructors
from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MITx)

Christoph Reinhart
Professor, Director of the Building Technology Program
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Michael Golay
Director, Reactor Technology Course for Utility Executives
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Christopher Knittel
Professor of Applied Economics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Oliver Lah
Head, Urban Living Lab Center
Wuppertal Institute/Technical University Berlin

Experts from MITx committed to teaching online learning

Enrolling Now

Discounted price: $582.30
Pre-discounted price: $647USD
4 courses in 11 months
Pursue the Program

Also in Energy & Earth Sciences at edX


Drive your career forward with university-backed credit programs and verified certificates


Study and demonstrate knowledge on your schedule


Try a course before you pay


Learn with university partners and peers from around the world