Energy Transition and Sustainable Economies

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Duration: 5 week

Weekly study: 4 hour

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Who is the course for?

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.

You don’t need any prior experience as all concepts start at an introductory level.


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What will you achieve?

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.

This is a MOOC course,

available for independent study on the FutureLearn platform

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Learn how to address environmental challenges

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.

Course curricula


Instructures for how to study in this course

This course’s learning material is given in MOOC format on an external platform called FutureLearn. You need to create an account on FutureLearn in order to access the course material.

Step 1:

Go to

And choose the option “Free –  Join with limited access”. This gives you 5 weeks access to the learning material. You are not expected to purchase one of the paid access options on FutureLearn. No learning content on this course is behind a pay wall.

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Picture 1: Choose Free as the option for joining the course and click “join with limited access”

Step 2:

Register or sign in if you have an existing account. You can also sign in using your social media account.

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Picture 2: Sign-In or register

Step 3:

Go to course by choosing the Free option. You are not expected to pay for an upgrade.

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Next, you are prompted about email options. When you have made your selection, choose save and go to course. Now you are enrolled and can start learning. The course is divided into five weeks, the course content becomes available for you one week at a time. We recommend you to take notes, keep a learning diary and save links to help you study for the exam.

Step 4:

When you have finished the course on FutureLearn, return to Moodle. In Moodle you will find the exam for this course. In order to be awarded study credits (3ECTS) for this course, you need to complete the exam with a passing grade. You are allowed to use your notes when taking the exam.