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Course module: 202100125
Sustainable Engineering & IWM
Course infoSchedule
Course module202100125
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact M. Berger
Contactperson for the course M. Berger
Examiner M. Berger
Academic year2022
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
Recent developments in integrated water management aim at supporting sustainable development in a broad context. But how can the impacts of an organization on local water resources along global supply chains be measured? What can be done to reduce this footprint and how can interactions with other environmental aspects, like climate and land, be quantified to support decision making?

This course will show important milestones in sustainable development with a particular focus on SDG6 “Clean Water and Sanitation”. To reveal the contribution of organizations to this SDG, recent developments in organizational water footprinting are introduced along with suitable mitigation measures. As impacts on water should be considered in combination with other environmental aspects, the method of Life Cycle Assessment is presented along with recent developments to account for water use and associated local impacts. Finally, the increasing use of Life Cycle Assessment in practice and legislation is discussed.

The main topics covered in this course are:
  • Sustainable development and SDG 6 “Clean Water and Sanitation”
  • Impacts of organizations on water resources along global supply chains & mitigation measures (water stewardship, sustainable procurement, ecodesign, etc.)
  • Synergies and trade-offs between water and other environmental footprints
  • Life Cycle Assessment in IWM
    • Method overview – LCA crash course
    • Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) methods and databases to analyze water use along product life cycles
    • Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA) methods to evaluate local consequences of water use along global supply chains on water resources, humans and ecosystems
  • Life Cycle Assessment in practice and legislation
    • Case studies from the water sector
    • LCA in EU directives (Ecodesign Directive, Renewable Energy Directive, etc.)
    • EU Product Environmental Footprint

Assignment(s) (30%) and presentation (10%)
- Written examination (60%, minimum grade to pass the course in the written exam is 4.0, if it leads to a total mark of at least 5.5 together with the assignment and presentation)

Participating study
Master Civil Engineering and Management
Required materials
Recommended materials
Course material
Life Cycle Assessment: Theory and Practice, Michael Z Hauschild; Ralph K Rosenbaum; Stig Irving Olsen (Eds), Springer 2018. ISBN: 978-3-319-56475-3
Instructional modes
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