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Environmental Management

The Environmental Management Courses

The introduction of environmental management approaches in industry and other organizations are of great importance for developing a good environment in the Baltic Sea region. However, well functioning possibilities for learning and training environmental management is lacking at many universities and equivalent institutions in particular in the former socialist countries in the region. With this course package Baltic University wants to introduce such a possibility.

The full course, Environmental Management (30 ECTS), consists of four parts:

  1. Policy Instruments for Environmental Management (7.5 ECTS)
  2. Cleaner Production and Technologies (7.5 ECTS)
  3. Product Design and Life Cycle Assessment (7.5 ECTS)
  4. Environmental Management Systems and certification (7.5 ECTS)

This set of four courses on environmental management have been developed to fill this gap. The courses are on master level. They address management in all kinds of organizations, but they are of particular relevance for the industrial sector. They are well adapted for competence development for professionals.

Environmental management is seen a general approach encompassing a long series of issues such as management tools, economic and legal policy instruments, industry related tools such as cleaner production and waste minimization, but also more traditional tools as Environmental Impact Assessment, as well as eco-design, Life Cycle Assessment, certification and green labelling.

In the industry sector technologies for removing pollutants from effluents and flue gases are today enforced by increasing fines and taxes for pollution, and solid waste deposition on landfills, but in the long run this approach has limitations. A simple fact is that too much waste is produced. Technical approaches, which address this fundamental fact, include eco-design and cleaner production. The management tools include the systems of ISO 14001 and EMAS introduced to an ever larger extent.

University-industry contacts should be used to allow visits on a regular basis to specified industries as part of the studies, and in general stimulate university-industry cooperation.



Environmental Policy - Legal and Economic InstrumentsThe Environmental Management Book Series
Environmental issues are becoming increasingly important in all parts of society. This series of books support master level training in environmental management in higher education. The books can be used for all relevant university level educational programmes, although they are especially suitable for engineering programmes.

The series is the result of a cooperation between specialists at universities and practicians in the Baltic Sea region: Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Belarus as well as the Netherlands.

The books are published by Baltic University Press. They are available in print through the BUP webshop or possible to download in the pdf pdf-format from the BUP Online Publications page.


Aim of the Courses

The courses intend to give comprehensive knowledge of environment management and how to apply management principles and tools in different organizations. A number of best practice cases from the countries in the Baltic Sea region are provided to illustrate how this is done. The four courses together treat how the environmental management is conducted by all stakeholders in a society; by authorities through legal and economic tools, inspection and control in using environmental audits and formal systems such as ISO 14001 and EMAS. The goal is to give the students an understanding of how to reduce environmental impact and make production more economic.

The full course Environmental Management provides a platform for professional work in environmental management in all parts of society, such as industry, authorities, municipalities et., or further studies in the area.


Recommended Student Background

The students may have backgrounds in either technologies and engineering studies, (especially courses EM2 and EM3) in natural sciences studies, in economics/management or social/political sciences (especially EM1 and EM4). Secondary school science is, however, recommended as a minimum level in all courses.

The environmental management courses are normally best placed in the latter part of the university studies.

English is a prerequisite for students participating in common seminars.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 January 2010 12:22

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