Environmental Quality Assurance Methods

(Course Code: 222KEY, Course outline)

Semester: 7 Teaching Credits:  4 ECTS Credits: 6 Type:

Compulsory

Prerequisite Courses:  – Course type: Skills development Instructor: Maria Hatziantoniou
  1. The interaction of Organizations with the Environment
  2. The inter-disciplinarity of environmental management and the instruments for the enhancement of environmental quality of any Organization.
  3. The basics of Environmental Management Systems (EMSs), EMS Standards- EMAS and ISO14001
  4. How Organizations address wider issues of sustainability and responsibility, with emphasis on Corporate Social Responsibility, or product/services ecolabelling
Topics per Week:
  1. The “Organization-Environment” interaction
  2. The response of Organizations in the administrative, economic/market and social pressures for better environmental performances.
  3. Overview of Instruments in Environmental Policy and Management
  4. Environmental Management: history, evolution, current issues
  5. Initial Environmental Review
  6. Environmental Management Systems: step-by-step analysis
  7. Mid-term exams
  8. Environmental Management Systems’ Standards
  9. Analysis of EMAS (EU) and ISO 14001
  10. EMS certification: EMAS or ISO14001
  11. Corporate Social Responsibility
  12. Ecolabels and EcoLabel (EU)
  13. Final Exams

Practical training through:

  • Step-by-step design of an EMS
  • Emphasis on special issues of the subject
  • Discussion and analysis of specific case studies
  • The experiences of   quest speakers
  • Project implementation
  • Project presentation
Theory – Lectures
(hours / week)
:
3
Exercises – Laboratories
(hours / week)
:
3
Other Activities:
  • Guest speakers
  • Field trips to local enterprises/organization
  • Project implementation
Grading:
  • Assignments/Projects: 40%
  • Written exams: 60%
Notes:

The presentations will be made available on the web-based platform (moodle). Recommendations for further reading are given in the course.

Basic Textbook: Karvounis S/K., Georgakellos D.A. (2003), “Management of the Environment” (in greek), ΕΚΔΟΣΕΙΣ ΣΤΑΜΟΥΛΗ Α.Ε., Αθήνα
Bibliography:
Language:

The course is taught in Greek. For exchange students, English literature is proposed and examinations are given in English.

Internet Links:

ISO official website:

http://www.iso.org/iso/en/prods-services/otherpubs/iso14000/family.pdf

International Network for Environmental Management web site:

http://www.inem.org/iso/speedo.htm

EMAS official website

http://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/emas/pdf/5_5articles.pdf