Course name Energy Transition and Sustainable Economics
Course date 12.09.2022 - 31.07.2023
Institution Vaasa University of Applied Sciences
Course language English
Credits 3 ECTS credit

Field 4everyone HUB
Teacher Riitta Niemelä
Available for open UAS Chargeable
Level Bachelor

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Enrolment period 21.11.2022 - 31.07.2023
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Energy Transition and Sustainable Economics

12.09.2022 - 31.07.2023

Course description

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…

  •  Justify the need for an energy transition.
  • Describe the main features of the energy transition.
  • Identify the main actors participating in the energy transition and their roles in changing the energy system.
  • Explain how the energy transition relates to sustainable development and sustainable economies more broadly.
  • Describe the circular economy and how it contributes to the energy transition and sustainable economies.
  • Delve into the energy transition to understand how we can change the energy system to achieve sustainability.

    The world is facing unprecedented environmental challenges. To tackle them, we need an energy transition from fossil fuel-based energy production to renewable energy sources.

    On this five-week course, you’ll learn what this energy transition looks like and how we can make it a reality.

    You’ll discover how the energy transition, together with the circular economy, contributes to building a sustainable economy. Unpacking the challenges and opportunities of the transition, you’ll finish the course with an understanding of how changing our energy system supports climate change mitigation and adaptation.

    Explore energy transition solutions such as decarbonisation

    As you delve into the energy transition, you’ll unpack energy consumption across the world.

    This will help you explore the increase in CO2 emissions and the types of solutions such as decarbonisation, renewable energy, and carbon capture.

    Discover how we can change the energy system

    You’ll explore the energy transition from the perspectives of the producer, consumer, and prosumer, and will get to know these roles in terms of ecological, social, and economic sustainability.

    With this knowledge, you’ll uncover how we can change the energy system – from behavioural change in citizens to government action and the role of new technology.

    Learn the basics of a circular economy

    Finally, you’ll delve into the fundamentals of a circular economy to understand its importance and relation to the energy transition.

    You’ll finish by exploring a case study in the Vaasa region in Finland to discover the role of energy industries in the transition. With this expert insight, you’ll develop the knowledge of what makes a successful energy transition and a sustainable economy.


This MOOC course is provided by Hanken School of Economics in cooperation with Vaasa Higher Education Consortium including Novia, VAMK, University of Vaasa, and Åbo Akademi. This course is for anyone wanting to learn about the challenges and opportunities of energy transition in building a sustainable economy.

Assessment criteria

Pass / Fail