PG Certificate Energy and Fuels from Waste

Postgraduate Certificate in Energy & Fuels from Waste

Intensive three-module training programme

  • Each module delivered over three consecutive days
  • Modules delivered by leading figures in industry & academia
  • CIWM accredited
  • Site visits throughout the NW of England.

Delivery timetable 2014/15

Module 1: To be confirmed
Feedstocks and Technologies for Energy and Fuel Generation

Module 2: To be confirmed
Management of Energy and Fuel Generation Projects

Module 3: To be confirmed
Environmental Management of Waste Derived Energy Generation


This three module course has been developed with LEC resident company Stopford Energy & Environment. It aims to provide attendees with a detailed introduction to the growing energy and fuels from waste sector.

Drawing on the expertise of practicing professionals and academics, the course gives an overview of waste management practices in the UK, before providing a detailed examination of waste feedstock treatments, energy and fuel generation technologies and current and emerging policy drivers in this fast-changing sector. Projects logistics, finance, planning and decision making are dealt with by specific reference to several planned and operational energy and fuel from waste projects, ranging from a 5MW biomass power plant through to a multi-billion pound PFI agreement. The course concludes by providing a thorough grounding in the environmental management of waste-derived energy generation projects, with topics ranging from site selection and surveying, through to the formulation and implementation of an environmental management system. Students who follow all three modules, and successfully undertake the course’s assessment exercises will be awarded a PG-Cert in Energy and Fuels from Waste.

Register now

To register your interest, please email or telephone 01524 510409.

Who should attend?

The course has been designed to have broad appeal. As such, we welcome competent people at all stages of their career. We believe the course will be particularly beneficial to individuals working in the following sectors: waste management; environmental management; renewable energy; fuel manufacturing; local authority planning; environmental permitting; technology assessment/development; capital investment; energy consulting; fuel supply logistics; utility provision. For those wishing to combine technical energy from waste knowledge with business management skills, please refer to our PG Cert in Business Management with Energy and Fuels from Waste.

Is the course accredited?

Yes. The course is accredited by Lancaster University who will be the awarding body should you wish to study towards the full PG-Cert in Energy and Fuels From Waste. Each module is worth 20 x Level-7 credits, meaning the full PG-Cert is worth 60 credits. For reference, a masters degree is usually equivalent to 180 Level 7 credits.

The course is also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (CIWM). This gives students 12 months free student membership of CIWM plus a suite of additional benefits.

Who will lead the course?

The course has been assembled by Stopford Energy and Environment on behalf of Lancaster University. The course is delivered at Lancaster University but will draw heavily on the expertise of organisations who are active in this sector. These include Stopford, plus about 25 other private, public and academic organisations. There is a strong NW focus to the course.

How is the course be taught?

A key part of the course delivery is the site visits which make up 30-40% of the course contact time. These provide students with a unique opportunity to see facilities in operation, and to speak directly with site managers and operatives. Some lectures and seminars are also delivered on site. Site visits include: an AD facility at United Utilities’ Wastewater Treatment Works, Lancaster; Viridor’s Thermal Recovery Facility, Bolton; Global Renewables’ MRF, Leyland and PDM Group’s animal by-products treatment plant, Widnes.

The remainder of the contact time is made up of lectures and seminars, delivered by Stopford, Lancaster University, Fellows Environmental and other organisations. Students are encouraged to interact with speakers. Discussions and role play exercises are used to facilitate learning and networking between the students.

What organisations are contributing towards the course?

A unique feature of this course is that it is being delivered by individuals representing over 20 leading organisations involved in the fuels and energy from waste sector. All presenters are experts in their individual fields and are drawn from a wide-range of organisations including financiers, developers, operators and regulators.

How much will the course cost?

Course fees are shown below. The fees include coffee breaks, lunch and travel to site visits, plus all tuition and learning materials. The fee does not attract VAT and is therefore zero-rated.

3 modules -  £3,400

3 modules - £8,500 (International Students)