66002 - Evaluation Tools for the Eco-Compatibility

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Affordable and clean energy Sustainable cities Responsible consumption and production Climate Action

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to: describe the concept of environmental sustainability; demonstrate knowledge of the principles of sustainable development and of the main tools for promoting and evaluating an ecologically sustainable development; use environmental indicators; apply practical environmental impact assessment skills to the impact identification; apply multi-criteria methods; identify and apply appropriate tools and techniques in support of ecologically sustainable management policy decisions.

Course contents

Birth and evolution of the concept of Sustainable Development.

Sources and fate of the main air pollutants and greenhouse gases since cause of many important environmental impacts.

Tools for measuring environmental quality: 1) environmental indicators and indexes; 2) descriptive indicators and DPSIR framework; 3) performance indicators; 4) efficiency indicators; 5) policy-effectiveness indicators; 6) total welfare indicators.

Tools for assessing the environmental sustainability: 1) Ecological Footprint and Biocapacity; 2) Life Cycle Assessment; 3) Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA); 4) Health Risk Assessment (HRA).



The slides will be available after each lecture on the course website. The lecturer will highlight recommended reading (for example, a chapter or article) for each lecture.

Teaching methods

A variety of teaching tools will be used, which include lectures, practical sessions, case studies, guided discussions. Lecture will be used to transfer knowledge and highlight the key factors. Practical sessions will develop and reinforce practical application of course principles and tools. Analyses of case studies and guided discussions will be used to help students to analyse critically and appropriately apply environmental evaluation tools.  

Assessment methods

Written and oral test on the whole programme.


The learning assessment aims at a complete and balanced evaluation of the degree of achievement of all the objectives defined in the "learning outcomes" section.

The assessment is expressed as a grade up to thirty cum laude.

The final score will be the average of written and oral marks. Oral mark will be the average of marks reported on specific questions on the different topics. The students is invited to provide answers to multiple-choice questions or open questions in a relatively synthetic manner through pertinent answers, also with the help of schemes and drawings.

Teaching tools

Video projector, computer laband forecast models

Office hours

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