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Renewable energies 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.

CIVIS focus area
Climate, environment and energy
Open to
  • MA
  • PhD
Field of studies
  • Business and Management
  • Engineering & Technology
  • Environment & Agriculture
  • Social Science and humanities
Course dates
14-18 June 2021
Apply by
22 May 2021 Apply now

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.
  • 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

  • Increasing participants experience in the development of climate change adaptation projects in the power sector.
  • Know the potential of the transfer of clean generation technologies.
  • Strengthening participants' capacities on electrification, especially in rural areas and remote regions of Africa.
  • Know the potential of the instruments for the promotion of renewable energies, especially auctions and the financing of projects and technologies.


Daily attendance at seminars is compulsory.

  • Luis A. Collado and José M. Mella, Professors at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Coordinators).
  • Jerome Rose, Marie-Thérèse Giudici-Orticoni and Sophie Pekar, Professors at Aix-Marseille Université, experts on the impact of renewable energies on non-renewable resources.
  • Juan Puertas, Engineer, expert on renewable hydrogen.
  • Salim Belyazid, Professor of the University of Stockholm, expert of renewable gases. Biogas and Biomethane.
  • Carmen Guinea, Engineer Naturgy,  BIOMETHANE PRODUCTION. Case studies.
  • Pablo del Río, Professor of Research, CSIC, Renewable energy auctions and funding.
  • Lotfi Chraibi, University of Tangier, Sustainable Development and climate.
  • European Commission, DG Energy, European Renewable Energy Scenarios.
  • Alejandro Marques de Magallanes, MBA, entrepreneur and expert on power generation from tidal stream energy.
  • Emilio Menéndez, University Autonóma of Madrid, Electricity in Europe and Africa: Options for "Renewable Energies“.

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 must send a short CV and a letter of motivation for their interest in the course.
  • The inclusion of a reference letter from a supervising professor, as well as the thesis project of doctoral students, will be positively valued.