In 2020-2021, ESCP Business School developed a 16h mandatory course on Sustainability for the 800 students of the 1st year Masters in Management. That course designed under the lead of Aurélien Acquier and Valentina Carbone is an introduction to many sustainability knowledge: planetary limits, climate change, biodiversity loss, anthropocene, governance, etc.
Considering the central role of energy and its core link with both the climate change and the development of our societies, the course Energy, Business, Climate & Geopolitics was designed as a complementary elective 30 hours course for Masters 2 business students by Pierre Peyretou, Alexandre Joly, Aurélien Acquier and Charles Sirot.
Since January 2021, the course has been given in 3 editions and keeps evolving fast. The teachers improve continuously the pedagogical materials to provide courses and workshops as dynamic, interactive and efficient as possible.
This approach has been strengthened with the arrival of Hughes-Marie Aulanier, Auriane Clostre and Eliott Rabin.
The present website opening the course to the public has been designed and edited by Pierre Peyretou with the support of the Communication Team of ESCP.
Paris Agreement objectives imply an urgent reduction of the amount of energy mobilize by our societies, these domains are only marginally and superficially covered in higher education, especially in business schools ("Student Manifesto for Ecological Wakeup" - Pour un Réveil Ecologique, "Mobilize higher education for climate" - The Shift Project)
In France, experts such as Jean-Marc Jancovici and the Shift Project have brought them to a broader audience. While these contents are essential for understanding the fundamental terms of the energy and climate equation, their huge business implications remain largely uncovered. From the perspective of a business leader:
Business schools need to invest a lot of resources and time to scale multidisciplinary research and education on planetary boundaries.
Many reasons motivated ESCP Business School to publish the course in open access as Creative Common: