Overcoming Obstacles - the Bumpy Road toward Carbon Neutrality (Lecture Series Environment) ()

Lecturer (assistant)
  • Lukas Dörringer
  • Mariam Fahmy
  • Barbara Kopp-Gebauer
  • Franziska Recknagel
  • Alfred Slanitz
  • Lennart Trentmann
  • Philip Zimmermann
Duration1.5 SWS
TermWintersemester 2022/23
Language of instructionEnglish
Position within curriculaSee TUMonline

Admission information


After successful participation in this module course, students are able to understand lectures at a high scientific level and to summarize central statements in a report. Students will be able to comprehend analyses of sustainable development and critically discuss related problems using in-depth literature. In addition, students are familiar with formulating their own positions and justifying them argumentatively in discussions. Furthermore, they know where they can explore the topic of sustainability in more detail on campus, whether in the form of course offerings, internships, projects or thesis.


As more countries announce net-zero targets, calculating each other’s carbon footprints is not enough. We tend to forget that the major emission sources are embedded in a highly complex system, which makes the transition quite hard. Despite being only a tiny part of that system, we are still the main drivers of change on the road to carbon neutrality. And to be the change, we first have to comprehend the problem inside out. It is obvious that renewable energies play a central role in decarbonizing the energy system. So why are we still so dependent on fossil fuels and hardly get the Greenhouse Gas emissions reduced if we know the solution? There are many obstacles on the way, but knowing where we are going and what hardships we might face is essential to reach carbon neutrality. This semester’s lecture series will therefore serve as a map on this bumpy road. We will be focusing on the implementation of technologies and their challenges in sectors ranging from industry and agriculture all the way to mobility and households. Are you eager to expand your horizon on how to reach carbon neutrality in all sectors and discuss this with lecturers and fellow students? Then we invite you to join the talks held by experienced professionals at the Environmental Lecture Series, organized by the Environmental Department of the Student Representation – informative, critical, and interdisciplinary.

Teaching and learning methods

The lectures will take place via Zoom and last 60 minutes. Each lecture will be followed by a Q&A with the lecturers. The lectures will be streamed to a lecture room at the campus in the city center and in Garching. Depending on the rules due to the corona pandemic, you will have to register via moodle to hear them in presence.


CLA11317/CLA11200 (1 Credit): Short PowerPoint presentation at the end of the semester (ungraded). Furthermore it is necessary to earn 9 academic points. Participation in a Q&A earns 1 academic point. Apart from that, we will offer additional events which earn 2 or 3 academic points. CLA31900 (3 Credits): Poster session in groups of 2-3 people (graded). Furthermore it is necessary to earn 16 academic points via participation in a Q&A, discussion or other addional events.