2023-2024 / GEST3047-1

Environmental Management


18h Th

Number of credits

 Master in business engineering (120 ECTS)3 crédits 
 Extra courses intended for exchange students (Erasmus, ...)3 crédits 


Michaël Tans

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course aims in allowing students to enlarge the way they see the world and companies, taking into account issues related to the environment and sustainability. The themes discussed allow students to increase their competences to allow them answering thequestions they will face as future company Executives, both from a strategic perspective and in an operational view.

The course starts with an introduction on environmental management practices and with a description of the main environmental issues (e.g. climate change, ozone-depleting substances, water scarcity, waste management, biodiversity, air quality, etc.) - and how they impact companies.

Afterwards, we will discuss answers to these pressures. This includes legal and regulatory answers (e.g; Protocols, Legislations, etc.), and market answers. These will be discussed taking into account both a strategic perspective and operational perspective. Product stewardship will also be taken into account.

The focus will be on the risks and opportunities for companies. This analysis will be performed from a strategic standpoint (e.g. Environmental Due Diligence, ESG, portfolio management, sustainability strategies), commercial standpoint (pressure on supply chain, client management), and operational standpoint (pressures on existing production sites). We will also understand how environmental issues represents opportunities and create new markets for companies, including on the functionality economy.

During the lessons, a number of examples will be shown, and external testimonies will be provided.

At the end of the course, students will have an understading on why and how the environment will be integrated in the strategy of companies, and how concrete commitments in terms of sustainable development and climate change are now integrated into their core business.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The objective of the course is twofold : 1) to develop the critical sense and the analysis capacity as regards the environmental management issues; 2) to learn the objectives, the principles and the methods of sound environmental mangement.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

There is no pre-requisite (the course is based on fundamental notions).

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

A personal home-work is asked to each student : a search and an analysis of a specific environmental issue.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

The course is composed of oral lectures, which include a large interactivity with the students. The active participation of the students is asked for.

Recommended or required readings

Lecture notes (power point) are available for each of the oral lecture of the course. The notes provide literature and internet sites references.

Any session :

- In-person

oral exam

- Remote

oral exam

- If evaluation in "hybrid"

preferred in-person

Additional information:

The final evaluation consists of an oral exam (50% of the final mark) and of a practical team work (50% of the final mark).

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The active participation of the sudents is asked for.
The students are also invited to participate in various events (conferences, ...) organized by the University. These events are dealing with environmental, social responsability and sustainable development issues.



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