PG Certificate Energy and Fuels from Waste

Postgraduate Certificate in Energy & Fuels from Waste

New course starts November 2014

  • 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: 25th - 27th November 2014
Feedstocks and Technologies for Energy and Fuel Generation

Module 2: 27th - 29th January 2015
Management of Energy and Fuel Generation Projects

Module 3: 24th - 26th March 2015
Environmental Management of Waste Derived Energy Generation

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For registration, please email or telephone 01524 510409. Bookings close 14th November 2014.


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.

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 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 will be 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 will the course be taught?

The course will be delivered as a series of lectures, seminars and site visits. Site visits make up around 30-40% of the course and will give students the opportunity to see facilities in operation, and to ask questions of site managers and operatives. Some of the time spent on site visits will be used for the delivery of lectures and seminars.

Lectures and seminars will be designed to be as interactive as possible, enabling lecturers to be interrupted and quizzed, and for discussions to take place. Lectures will contain tasks for students to undertake under supervision, and time will be set aside to enable group discussions to take place and experiences to be shared.

What organisations are contributing towards the course?

A unique feature of this course is that it is being delivered by individuals representing almost 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