Syllabus academic year 2008/2009
(Created 2008-07-17.)

Higher education credits: 6. Grading scale: TH. Level: G2 (First level). Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish. FMIF01 overlap following cours/es: FMI065 och FMI065. Optional for: I3, Pi3. Course coordinator: Eva Leire, och Per Svenningsson,, Miljö- och energisystem. Recommended prerequisits: Minimum 90 higher education credits within the program. Assessment: A written examination in two parts: one with, and one without course material/literature. A project written in groups of 4-5 students. Active participation in discussion seminars. Further information: Written exam in March. The second part of the term is taken up by the project. Home page:

Many students will reach positions as directors or as projects leaders in large companies, with activities or production on/for an international market. These positions entail a personal responsibility for, e.g., environmental issues. Under these circumstances, a pro-active perspective, the ability to consider different aspects in advance, is are extremely important. The environmental and resource issues are such aspects, both short- and long-term.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

Description of environmental problems of large geographic range and serious consequences, both short- and long-term (i.a., global warming, acidification, atmospheric ozone, ecotoxic substances), and their relation to, i.a., energy supply and use.

Limitation of resources related to the demands of modern industrialised society (non-renewable and renewable resources, conflicts over land use, etc.). Scarcity of fossil fuels and environmental problems, as compared to potential and possibilities for renewable resources in a critical perspective.

Critical appraisal of the concept of sustainable development, with a focus on material flows and the energy system. Introduction to a life cycle perspective on services and products.

Overview of environmental legislation in relation to the environmental issues: international conventions (e.g., the climate convention/Kyoto protocol, the Montreal protocol) à EU directives, etc. (REACH, RoHS) à national legislation, the Swedish “Environmental Code”, etc.). Consequences for companies and organisations (e.g., handling of chemicals, pollution control, …) Responsibility for the environment and health in companies.

Introduction to environmental economics and policy instruments (economic, administrative, etc.): emissions trading, green certificates, taxes/charges, etc.

Methods used in trade and industry to meet the demands of legislation and the customers: the ISO 14000 standards, etc. The basics of environmental work: environmental management systems, environmental labelling, communication.

Ammenberg, J: Miljömanagement. Studentlitteratur, Lund 2004.
de Facto 2007. Miljömålen – i ett internationellt perspektiv. Naturvårdsverket 2007.
Additional literature.