CE3EME-Environmental Management and Energy Economics

Module Provider: School of Construction Management and Engineering
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2013/4

Module Convenor: Dr Jacopo Torriti

Email: j.torriti@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module focuses on the theoretical grounds and practical applications for environmental management and energy economics. The module is divided into two parts. The first part focuses on corporate environmental management, including drivers, tools, contrasting types and strategies. The second part is centred in energy assessment economics, including economic assessment tools, carbon pricing, demand management and other current practices in energy economics in the build environment.

The aim of this module is to introduce issues of environmental management and energy economics from both conceptual and applied perspectives.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Describe the tools used by corporations to manage their environmental impact;
•Analyse the reasons why corporations undertake environmental management;
•Discuss the current state of corporate environmental management practices and their relationship to profitability;

Additional outcomes:
•Carry out calculations using economic assessment tools;
•Compare current practice in carbon pricing and energy economics in the built environment

Outline content:
An introductory lecture in Week 1 sets out key concepts related to the different business and policy approaches to environmental management. In Weeks 2 – 5, the drivers, tools and contrasting types of corporate environmental management and strategy are reviewed and discussed. Weeks 6 and 7 introduce economic assessment tools. In week 8 the ongoing debate about environmental performance versus profitability is used to introduce carbon pricing and other current practices in energy economics in the built environment. Week 10 will conclude with a look at practitioner’s experience on the economics of energy demand in buildings with the case of smart meters.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures each week will deliver the key concepts, methods, and debates relating to corporate environmental management and energy economics. The lectures will draw on the core reading material, supplemented as necessary by further empirical research and case studies.

As a minimum each week, students will be expected to read the core reading material prior to the lecture. The core reading material will usually be limited to a small number of book sections or journal articles to ensure students have time to prepare fully. Students are also encouraged to review the list of further readings and/or find and suggest their own reading material on the weekly topic.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 16
Seminars 4
Guided independent study 80
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 75
Written assignment including essay 25

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:
Produce a conference poster representing the position on climate change of an integrated energy company of which you are the senior manager.
Assignment of 2000 words

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.
The following penalties will be applied to coursework which is submitted after the deadline for submission:

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.
    (Please refer to the Undergraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guideUG.aspx)

    Length of examination:
    One and a half hour examination

    Requirements for a pass:
    40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    One assignment of 2000 words submitted by 31st August and re-examination in August/September.

    Last updated: 22 August 2013

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