European Master and Certification Program
in Risk Engineering and Management

Environmental Impact Assessment

Course code: 181772
Language of instruction: English
Lecturers: under appointment (ytbc)
Assessment: Defined in the module

Short description

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a concept described in Directive (2014/52/EU) entered into force on 15 May 2014 and aims to assess the potential effects of projects on the environment. Also this EU directive is mandatory for big projects such as infrastructure project, the concept and process descripted is useful for other projects as well. EIA concept and process can be helpful to improves the level of environmental protection. This leads to making business decisions on public and private investments more sound, more predictable and sustainable in the longer term.

This course aims to present this methodology and process to attendees and enable them to independently apply it in order to make sound decisions taking into account the environmental consequences – which can be either positive or negative – of their companies’ actions. 


The overall goal of this module is giving future industry leaders the required wherewithal to be able to cope with the difficult equation of protecting the natural resources whilst running a business. State-of-the-Art methods, techniques and tools will be presented, as well as actual research. At the end of the module, attendees are expected to be able to assess, formulate mitigating measures and control the impact of their activity on the environment (e.g. Noise, air and water quality). They should also be able to consider the problem and the respective solutions as a whole; taking into account technical, economic and social dimensions. Yet, even though all those dimension will be presented, the focus of this module will be on the technical competencies of the students –the economic and social dimension will be presented more deeply in other modules of the curriculum– and the lecturers will ensure that they are able to apply mathematics, computer know-how and engineering principles to solve environmental problems. In addition, Students will deepen their knowledge on one of the most important challenges of environmental engineering: the production and management of energy. A strong accent will be put on renewable energies (e.g. thermal, geothermal and photovoltaic processes) giving attendees the key and the outlook needed to understand and be part of this 21st century’s challenge. Last but not least, this module aims to help attendees to work effectively in an interdisciplinary context with other people in different situations and international environment.

Target Attendees / Participants

This module is targeted to current master of engineering students who want a clear understanding on control of pollution in the environment, different waste treatments, and those who are interested in using the tools of science and engineering to solve problems in the natural and built environment.

Course Content by Units

Attendees will learn:

- the formal process of Environmental Impact Assessment,

- theories and scientific approaches, 

- dynamic forces and evolutions in global Environemental Impact Assessment

- environmental assessment tools 

- consumption patterns and resources protection

-how to minimize waste and energy consumption through design, process integration and the selection of specific equipment



Teaching Methods

The course includes:

  • introductory note explaining aim and structure of the course, and used methodology as well
  • ex cathedra lecturing illustrated by number of examples
  • review of main topics in the end of each lecturing unit


David P. Lawrence (2003). Environmental Impact Assessment: Practical Solutions to Recurrent Problems, Wiley-Interscience

Gerbec, M. (2011). iNTeg-Risk D2.5.6.1: Report: Part of the Handbook - Environmental impact assessment and sustainability assessment, INTeg-Risk, Stuttgart

Ken Green, Sally Randles (2006). Industrial Ecology And Spaces of Innovation, Edward Elgar Pub

Zhen Chen, Heng Li (2006). Environmental Management in Construction: A Quantitative Approach, Taylor & Francis

Directive 2014/52/EU amending the EIA Directive 2011/92/EU

EIA Directive 2011/92/EU

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(Course profile ID: B1-1:, generated on September 25, 2021)