TEP4300 - Climate Change Mitigation


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination and Work
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Arbeider 40/100
Skriftlig eksamen 60/100 4 timer

Course content

The course addresses the challenge posed by climate mitigation: approaches to avoid a uncontrolled and large climate change through global warming. The course addresses following issues: (1) The greenhouse effect, global warming and the response of the climate change to anthropogenic emissions; (2) possible consequences of climate change, adaptation and associated costs; (3) geochemical cycles of carbon and other important greenhouse gases, analysis of the dynamic of emissions using scenario models and sociometabolic analysis; (4) technological options to reduce emissions, their characteristics, costs, co-benefits and barriers; (5) climate policy instruments and framework conditions; (6) climate mitigation status and experience in selected sectors, such as industry, transport, energy and households; (7) politics and international agreements. Climate mitigation is an interdisciplinary challenge; engineers work alongside philosophers, economists, and political scientists in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's working group on Climate Mitigation.

Learning outcome

The student should be able to

i) explain causes of global warming, as well as emission trends and driving forces that are responsible for fossil fuel emissions and deforestation.
ii) identify technological options to reduce emissions, their barriers and costs and co-benefits.
iii) explain climate policy tools, their theoretical merits and practical experiences
iv) explain the understanding of climate mitigation in difference disciplines and the discipline's contribution to climate mitigation.

The student should be able to
i) Identify, find and interpret relevant knowledge in the scientific literature on climate mitigation.
ii) Explain the terminology and principles for assessing climate mitigation measures.
iii) Identify actors and assess potential challenges and barriers associated with the implementation of climate mitigation measures and policies as well as the consequences of these.

General competency:
The student should be able to
i) Understand anthropogenic climate change and its causes.
ii) Understand the challenge posed by climate change with respect to ethics and international politics.
iii) Understand the assessment of climate mitigation measures.
iv) Interpret analyses and model results in the field of climate mitigation.

Learning methods and activities

The course consists of lectures and discussion sessions. There is a large volume of reading, mostly from the scientific literature and the IPCC report. Group work and presentations will be part of the teaching.

2/3 of the exercises/group work needs to be approved to be allowed to the exam.

The lectures and exercises are in English when students who do not speak Norwegian take the course. If the teaching is given in English the Examination papers will be given in English only. Students are free to choose Norwegian or English for written assessments. If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercise

Course materials

Collection of scientific papers and sections of the IPCC 5th assessment report on climate mitigation.

More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2015

Language of instruction: English


Subject area(s)
  • Energy and Process Engineering
  • Industrial Ecology
Contact information
Course coordinator:
  • Edgar Hertwich

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Energy and Process Engineering


Examination arrangement: Written examination and Work

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Arbeider 40/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Skriftlig eksamen 60/100 2015-12-02 09:00
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer KONT Arbeider 40/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer KONT Muntlig eksamen 60/100 2016-08-08
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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