This course is intended to provide a fundamental understanding of energy systems and emerging issues in energy access, technologies, economics, market and policies for students. The course is aimed to provide broader knowledge that surrounds the energy transition. Key systems covered here are power systems, rural and urban energy systems.

Course Objective: Energy consumption in cities accounts for over two third of the global final energy use and over seventy percent of energy-related CO2 emissions. With rising global urban population, cities serving as economic growth engine in developing world, and rising income, cities are already and will further play a critical role in sustainable energy transition at all scales. Cities are also front runners in technological, policies and governance experimentation with large opportunities to support sustainable energy transition. In this context, this course aims at imparting knowledge on past, present and future energy use in cities and options for sustainable energy transition in cities through analytical, accounting and modelling approaches. Energy use and emission diagnosis, hot-spots identification, options and pathways for the future are focus of this course.

Learning Outcomes: The student will be able to

·       Deliberate on the trends, patterns, and hotspots of energy use and GHG emissions in cities and the related policies and options at multiple scales

·       Quantify the past and present energy use in cities and related GHG emissions following established global protocols and frameworks

·       Develop future scenarios and models to evaluate the technological and policy options and pathways for sustainable urban energy transition.


This course is aimed to help students know how to conduct an energy audit, and how to apply engineering principles to analyze data for improving and optimizing system outputs. The students will learn about the status, trends and energy use of common appliances and processes, as well as the energy consumption of important sectors, namely, building, industry and transport. The course will address the importance of improving energy efficiency for addressing the SDG 7 targets as well as to meeting climate mitigation targets, and the policies in the countries facilitating energy efficiency.