102-0327-01L  Implementation of Environmental and Other Sustainability Goals

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersA. E. Braunschweig
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentMaster students in Environmental Engineering choosing module Ecological Systems Design are not allowed to enrol 102-0327-01 Advanced Environmental Assessments (2KP) as already included in 102-0307-01 Advanced Environmental, Social and Economic Assessments (5KP).


102-0327-01 GImplementation of Environmental and Other Sustainability Goals21s hrs
Tue/2w08:45-11:30HIT H 42 »
A. E. Braunschweig

Catalogue data

AbstractThis course teaches approaches and methods to identify, assess and manage environmental (mainly) and societal (to some extent) aspects in organisations. The course contains an introduction to the global ISO 14001 standard on environmental management, into the concept of ecobalance of organisations, and supply chain management, and a general view on how such approaches fit into a management system.
ObjectiveStudents will learn to
- describe key sustainability problems of the current economic system and measuring units.
- describe the management system of an organisation and how to develop a sustainability orientation
- discuss approaches to measure environmental performance of an organisation, including 'organisational LCA' (Ecobalance)
- explain the pros and cons of single score environmental assessment methods
- apply life cycle costing
- interpret stakeholder relations of an organisation
- (if time allows) describe sustainable supply chain management and stakeholder management
Content- Sustainability problems of the current economic system and its measuring units;
- The structure of a management system, and elements to integrate environmental management (ISO 14001) and social management (SA8000 as well as ISO 26000), especially into strategy development, planning, controlling and communication;
- Sustainability Opportunities and Innovation
- The concept of 'Continuous Improvement'
- Life Cycle Costing, Life Cycle Management
- environmental performance measurement of an organisation, including 'organisational LCA' (Ecobalance), based on practical examples of companies and new concepts
- single score env. assessment methods (Swiss ecopoints)
- stakeholder management and sustainability oriented communication
- an intro into sustainability issues of supply chain management
Students will get small excercises related to course issues.
Lecture notesDocuments will be available on Ilias
LiteratureWill be made available.
Prerequisites / NoticeThis course is meant for any interested student, except students of Ecological Systems Design (who should not choose this stand-alone course, but the combined course, specifically offered and mandatory for their module).

Basic knowledge of environmental assessment tools is a prerequisite for this class. Students who have not yet had classwork in this topic will profit more from this course after reading an appropriate textbook before or at the beginning of this course (e.g. Jolliet, O et al. (2016). Environmental Life Cycle Assessment. CRC Press, Boca Raton - London - New York. ISBN 978-1-4398-8766-0 (Chapters 2-5.2)).
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Cooperation and Teamworkfostered
Self-presentation and Social Influence fostered
Personal CompetenciesCritical Thinkingfostered
Self-awareness and Self-reflection fostered

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits2 credits
ExaminersA. E. Braunschweig
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationoral 25 minutes
Additional information on mode of examinationAnybody inscribed can take the exam. When attributing exam notes, results of the case studies given in the course (recommended, but not mandatory learning tasks) will be considered and can improve the total course unit grade by up to 0.25 grade points. (Students can achieve the maximum grade also without handing in case studies.)
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

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