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701-0352-00L  Analysis and Assessment of Environmental Sustainability

SemesterSpring Semester 2016
LecturersC. E. Pohl, R. Frischknecht, H. R. Heinimann, A. Hilbeck
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman


AbstractThe lecture introduces to methods and approaches that have been developed to systematically measure, assess and minimize environmental impacts of new substances, technologies, products, services, construction projects etc. Three of this methods will be dealt with in detail: Environmental Risk Assessment (EnRA), Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).
ObjectiveStudents have an overview of the current methods of analysis and assessment of environmental impacts. Students know the problems that each method is designed to address. Students have detailed knowledge of the methods of Environmental Risk Assessment, Life Cycle Assessment, and Environmental Impact Assessment. They are able to adopt the three methods to case studies.
ContentDuring the last decades various methods and approaches have been developed to systematically measure, assess and minimize environmental impacts of new substances, technologies, products, services, construction projects etc.. Such methods are e.g. Environmental Risk Assessment (EnRA), Substance Flow Analysis (SFA), Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Integrated Assessment (IA), Technology Assessment (TA), Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) or Environmental Audits. The lecture gives an introduction to these methods and shows examples of their practical use.
The lectures consists of 4 parts
(a) Overview of methods,
(b) Environmental Risk Assessment (EnRA),
(c) Life Cycle Assessment (LCA),
(d) Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
Exercises form an integral part of the lecture
Lecture notesyes
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