“Climate resilience is an integral component to the overall resilience of the financial system and the economy…for these reasons, the (Central) Bank is fully committed to playing our part in ensuring that Ireland successfully responds to climate change in the coming years”.
Quote from the concluding paragraph of the Monsignor Padraig de Brun Memorial Lecture given in NUI Galway by Professor Philip R Lane, Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland on the 5th February 2019.
The programme is designed to enable graduates to work in companies and organisations in areas and roles that strategically respond to the increasing operational challenges presented by climate change. This programme is designed to foster resilience to the challenges of climate change by focusing on ways that businesses can reduce emissions and increase energy and operational efficiency. The emphasis is on increasing knowledge and developing skills in key areas where climate change directly affects enterprise operations, such as energy supply, carbon tax, resource usage and waste management. The programme is intended to provide upskilling opportunities for those in supervisory or management roles in both the public and private sector.
The proposed SPA is a level 8 special purpose award, based on three modules which address the key areas of climate change that affect business operations. The two core modules, Energy and resource optimisation and Climate change and governance cover the relevant technical and legislative aspects of the programme. The third module is a work-based project which allows the student to develop and apply their newly gained knowledge by completing a project that critically addresses climate change impacts in the context of their own workplace or industry.
Students who are unemployed will be expected to carry out the project as work experience.
It is proposed that the programme will be delivered via a blended learning approach, involving a mixture of on-line (approx. 80%) and face to face (approx. 20%) delivery. Individual student effort will be in addition to this. Classroom: Face to face classes will be held periodically during the course of the programme.
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