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International Environmental Management




Course outline:

This Course deals with environmental problems and environmental policies that affect management decisions. Coping with environmental problems becomes an increasing issue in management, a fact that is nicely showed by the American SO2 certificates program. Different approaches are presented to the students, theoretical topics as well as case studies based on the current state-of-the-art academic literature.

Major Topics

  • Introduction and Motivation
  • Foundations: Environmental economics
  • Environment and Competitiveness
  • Production under environmental constraints
  • Voluntary Environmental Standards or Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Liability rules under private information
  • SO2-Problem
  • Rational Energy Use and Conservation Programs
  • Eco-Labeling
  • Greenhouse Problem
  • Voluntary Environmental Agreements (VEAs)
  • Evaluation Methods
  • Location, Siting
  • Case Studies in Environmental Management
  • Corporate Environmentalism and Public Policy



Organisation / Time & Place:

The course is scheduled every Thursday, 15:00-16:30, in HS 3.

Exams The two exams will take place on the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday 10.05.2016 16:45 - 18:15; HS6
  • Friday 01.07.2016 15:00-16:30; HS4

Please make a note of the dates as no alternative dates will be offered.


the assesment is based on two written exams, each contributing 50% to the final grade.
The minimum requirement for a positive graduation are 50 percent:

  • 5: less than 49%
  • 4: 50% - 61%
  • 3: 62% - 75%
  • 2: 75% - 87%
  • 1: 88% - 100%

Please note that regular class attendance is compulsory in this course.

Erasmus students - term paper: 

Erasmus students have the option to gain extra points (up to 40%) for writing a term paper that is on a related subject treated in the lecture. The work should correspond to one week effort and meet scientific standards. Deadline is the end of the semester.  

Bachelor Thesis:

If you are interested in writing a BACHELOR THESIS you must send a mail to prof. Wirl as soon as possible. You will receive a confirmation/rejection by April 12th.

For more information please follow this link.




The material for the course, as well as for the exams are the slides presented in class and the additional script.


Script Int. Env. Management [PDF 8,34 MB]

Introduction [Update 08.03.2016]

Environment and Competitiveness [PDF 5,8 MB]

Foundations I [PDF 2,66 MB]

Foundations II [PDF 800 KB]

 Foundations III [PDF 372 KB]

Production I [PDF 291 KB]

Production II [PDF 990 KB]

 Production III [PDF 990 KB]

Greenhouse Gases [PDF 4,95 MB] - Update 21.05.2015

Valuation Methods [PDF 999 KB]

VEMS I [PDF 3,89 MB] 


Environment and Regional Economics [0,9 MB]

Environment Sustainability and Renewables [1,9 MB]

EConservation  [PDF 938 KB]

Pollution [PDF 1,2 MB]


 Topics for the 1st Test

 Topics for the 2nd Test



Midterm Results

Final Results


Fachbereich für Industrie, Energie und Umwelt
Univ.-Prof.Dr. Franz Wirl
Universität Wien

Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1
1090 Wien
T: +43-1-4277-381 02
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