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Sustainability, Energy and Change: Fundamentals of Transition Engineering

Dates Venues Fees CPE  
10 Dec - 14 Dec 2017 Dubai US$ 4500 30 Register Now
16 Dec - 20 Dec 2018 Dubai US$ 4750 30 Register Now


This course provides insight into how engineering might change and how engineers can think differently about sustainability within their organisations, and about the challenges posed by ‘unsustainability’. It will enable participants to identify organisational risks and engineering changes required to increase organisational resilience, and to build prosperity, stability and security.

Future presents challenges and opportunities for engineers interested in sustainability and in achieving the capacity for long term continuity. Energy systems will look very different due to the impacts of constrained resources on nearly all aspects of life. Climate change also forces a consideration of different approaches to engineered systems.

This course will feature:

  • Historical context of Sustainability, Unsustainability, and Energy systems
  • Key challenges, risks and future scenarios for participants own organisations
  • Fundamentals of the “Transition Engineering” approach
  • Engineering tools for Transition Engineering
  • Opportunities presented by sustainability for your own organisation

Day1 - Introduction and Historical Background of Sustainability and Unsustainability

  • Sustainability; the capacity for continuity into the long term future
  • Safe operating spaces and “unsustainability”
  • The importance of energy in human systems
  • Historical background to current global challenges
  • Historical responses to unsustainability
  • Overview of global problems of unsustainability

Day2 - Future Scenarios and Introduction to Transition Engineering

  • EX The unsustainability challenges facing my organisation
  • Examples and use of future scenarios
  • The challenge of energy return on energy invested (EROI)
  • The problem of exponential growth
  • The relative usefulness of existing future scenarios for my organisation
  • Introduction to the Transition Engineering approach

Day3 - Engineering, Change, and Thinking Differently

  • The role and responsibility of engineers in the change process
  • Path break concepts; envisioning a sustainable future
  • Sustainable models for economic activity and capital
  • Achieving resilience to external change
  • Examples of organisations that have made path-break changes for sustainability
  • Back-casting – working out how to get to where you want to be

Day4 - Making it Happen - Planning a Program of Change

  • System thinking for change towards sustainability
  • The survival spectrum
  • Sustainability Principles – The Natural Step
  • Value Analysis
  • Creating a  vision of future success
  • Trigger Events – external and internal events that help avoid undesirable inertia

Day5 - Tools for Analysis and Action Planning, Assessment

  • Core and non-core activities and how to treat them
  • From “More newer faster bigger” to “better”
  • Stakeholder analysis and engagement in change
  • Strategic analysis of unsustainability risks
  • Energy auditing – using the ISO 50001 model to assess vulnerability
  • Assessment; multiple choice test