FOR WHO: The course is targeting professionals who want to deepen their knowledge of emissions from transportation, e.g. high school teachers, civil servants and politicians in public administration, engineers in the field of transport (car manufacturers, fuel production, logistics, ...) WHAT AND WHY: The purpose of the course is to provide a holistic perspective and increased knowledge in air pollution, to distinguish between climate effects and health effects, but also to provide insight into the tools to bring about social change. The climate is changing at an increasingly rapid pace and all the focus is on reducing CO2 emissions. However, our society relies heavily on energy conversions, e.g. for transport. Although some transport uses renewable (liquid) fuels, the CO2 balance is affected. Even if some transport is electrified, more CO2 emissions arise in the manufacture of, for example, batteries (and many cases of fossil-based electricity production). But transport also creates other emissions, so-called local emissions which mainly affect people and nature. As modern combustion engines emit very little air pollution, the composition changes and so-called wear particles also play a greater role in human health. Air pollution causes about 5 million premature deaths and is, after cancer, the greatest threat to human health. But local emissions also affect the climate. For example, marine transport will contribute with so-called albedo effects due to particle emissions (from internal combustion engines) and risk worsening climate change even more. This course deals with all the different aspects of air pollution from transport. WHEN AND HOW: You choose when and at what pace you want to carry out the steps. All parts of the course are free of charge. The course consists of five modules: 1. Introduction 2. The energy system and energy carriers 3. Energy converters (engines) and reduction of emissions (exhaust gas treatment) 4. Measurement and monitoring 5. Health effects, societal aspects Each module contains several lectures and for each lecture and module there is a quiz where you can get confirmation that you have understood the most important things. Going through the entire course takes about 3–5 weeks, depending on how intensively/extensively you read. You can also choose to read parts of the course
The products we all produce or use and the services we provide or benefit from are getting increasingly automated processes from the factory to the home. However, what we usually miss are the societal, environmental, and economic impacts of automation and how it can affect goals related to sustainable development. Where lies the balance between an automated world and a sustainable one? The aim of the Sustainable Automation course is to therefore to develop understanding, vision, and knowledge of the sustainability features and elements in each automation project. It also introduces how an automation project should be carried out considering the sustainability features from planning to implementation.