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Renewable energies, energy efficiency and climate change

Identify the existing options to make the increase in energy demand in the Mediterranean and African countries compatible with the challenges of climate change, through renewable energies and integration with the EU.

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CIVIS focus area
Climate, environment and energy
Open to
  • Master's
  • Phd
Field of studies
  • Business and Management
  • Engineering & Technology
  • Environment & Agriculture
  • Social Science and humanities
  • CIVIS Hub 1
Course dates
18-22 October 2021

New dates and application deadline!

It is possible for COVID to facilitate transformative changes in certain areas. The reduction in economic activity has led to a reduction in the use of fossil fuels and GHG emissions. However, these short-term effects will inevitably return to similar levels with the recovery.

Given that the current production model is not sustainable, this crisis should be used to redesign productive activity. This redesign should be based on a reduction in the use of water, fossil fuels, and an increase in sustainable electricity generation, more efficient production systems that limit the increasing use of transportation and ensures the transformation of services, with more intensive use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). The use of ICTs can allow enhancing more responsible consumption and production systems. This will make some of the usual work trips less necessary and help to achieve more sustainable cities. In this way, the pandemic would be used as a turning point in the necessary productive transformation, generating new opportunities.

Post COVID-19 management of regional integration and the overall implementation of the sustainable development agenda will require intense collaboration between countries, universities and civil society stakeholders to enhance the gains from trade and regional integration. Currently, most economies are in a recession. The knowledge and resources to reverse the current state of the economy are not far-fetched and require that priority be given to mainstream sustainable development and climate action.


Registration, attendance and accreditation of the course are free for participants.

Duration of the course: 5 days (10:00-12:00 CET)

Course format: Virtual

Nb of students accepted: 50 

Language: English (B2 required)

Open to

  • Master and PhD students from CIVIS universities.
  • Master and PhD students from other European and African Universities of the Mediterranean & Sub-Saharan region.
  • Professionals and practitioners from public & private sectors.

Main topics

  • Impact of renewable and non-renewable energies.
  • Energy efficiency.
  • Electricity in Africa and the Mediterranean countries: Options for renewable energies.-
  • Potential role of hydrogen.
  • Potential role of renewable gases.
  • Potential role of bioenergy.
  • Potential role of tidal stream generation.
  • Clean generation technologies transfer to Africa.
  • Impact chains of energy and adaptation of the power sector.
  • Renewable energy auctions and funding.
  • Climate change geopolitics.

Learning outcomes

  • Ensuring clean energy technologies transfer for RE and EE
  • Strengthening participants' capacities on rural electrification in remote regions of Africa
  • Promoting participants’ mastery of renewable energy instruments such as Renewable energy auctions and funding
  • Increasing participants experience in the development of climate change adaptation projects in the power sector


Daily participation at seminars is compulsory to receive the certificate of attendance. Attendees who will request the recognition of 1 ECTS credit must carry out a short essay or applied study on any of the topics covered in the course. This activity must be sent the week following the end of the course, according to the instructions that will be provided to participants.

Professors from CIVIS Universities

  • Luis Á. COLLADO and José M. MELLA, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Coordinators).
  • Salim BELYAZID, University of Stockholm.
  • Jerome ROSE, Aix-Marseille Université.

Additional professors and speakers

  • Luis ARRIBAS, Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (CIEMAT).
  • Lotfi CHRAIBI, University of Tangier.
  • Sohbet KARBUZ, Director of the Mediterranean Observatory for Energy.
  • Sergio LUJÁN, Generaciones Fotovoltaicas de la Mancha (GFM)
  • Ignasi MALLOL, Engineer, Naturgy.
  • Cristina PEÑASCO, University of Cambridge.
  • Juan PUERTAS, Engineer, expert on renewable hydrogen.
  • Pablo del RÍO, Professor of Research, Centro Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC).

Open to

  • Master and PhD students from CIVIS universities.
  • Master and PhD students from other European and African Universities of the Mediterranean & Sub-Saharan region.
  • Professionals and practitioners from public & private sectors.


  • Applicants should fill in the online application form no later than 27 September 2021.
  • Applicants must send a short CV and a letter of motivation for their interest in the course to
  • The inclusion of a reference letter from a supervising professor, as well as the thesis project of doctoral students, will be positively valued.
  • Applicants finally admitted will receive a confirmation message in the first week of October.

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