Carbon101x: Essential Tools for the Low Carbon Economy

Businesses are being urged to manage their financial and environmental risks and to leverage opportunities in the emerging low-carbon economy as part of a free online course delivered by The University of Queensland.

Lecturer Dr Adrian Ward said the new five-week Carbon101x course was designed for business owners and policy makers who were sensitive to the potential market impacts involved in moving away from an economy reliant on fossil fuels.

“The Paris Agreement, which has more than 190 international signatories, means governments around the world have an obligation to introduce national climate change policies to meet their agreed targets,” Dr Ward said.

“This has sent a strong signal to businesses and other organisations that they will need to reduce emissions to comply with these policies, and ultimately stay relevant in a low-carbon future.”

UQ Business School researcher Belinda Wade (below) said businesses looking to reduce their carbon footprint could lower emissions firstly from their existing processes and through investment decisions, and then by leading the market in making changes. 

“There are many components to a best-practice carbon management program but essential skills include monitoring and reporting on emissions, target setting, strategising and creating and sharing knowledge," Ms Wade said.

“Participants will learn the practical skills relating to carbon footprinting, financial appraisal of low-carbon technologies, dealing with climate policy compliance, and voluntary carbon management action.”

Enrolments are now open for Carbon101x: Essential Tools for the Low Carbon Economy Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) via the not-for-profit online learning platform edX.

The course will be available through edX on Tuesday 7 February 2017, with content modules released in weekly installments.

Already the world’s largest non-for-profit MOOC provider, edX was established by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard in 2012.

UQ joined as a charter member in 2013 and has since attracted more than 1.2 million learner registrations for its own MOOCs.

 

Tropic101x: Tropical coastal ecosystems

Do you want to develop the skills and knowledge needed to help preserve tropical coastal ecosystems? These habitats provide goods and services for hundreds of millions of people but human activities have led to their global decline.

TROPIC101x introduces you to the incredible plants and animals that create these unique ecosystems. You will explore the challenges these ecosystems are facing such as overfishing, coastal pollution, ocean warming and acidification.

Lectures are delivered by world-leading experts and you have the opportunity to become a citizen scientist and take part in virtual ecology projects.

Course content was specifically developed at The University of Queensland’s research station on Heron island.  Develop new knowledge and skills during this innovative and engaging course.

Tropic101x was offered for the first time in 2014, attracting more than 8000 enrolments from around the world.  An updated version of the course is now open for enrolments.

 

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