The increasing focus on sustainability in the industrial and business sector requires modern companies to act. The aim of the ESMIA lecture is to give a sound introduction to the highly relevant field of environmental and sustainability management of companies. The lecture not only takes a deep dive into how a sustainability strategy can actually be developed within a company, but also considers this issue from the different stakeholder perspectives such as customers, NGOs and politics. In this context, ESMIA offers a broad overview of different management and analysis tools and methods, that companies can apply. The lecture follows the overarching steps of how a strategy is developed, how to measure and manage the progress and how these sustainability measures are implemented in actual processes and what impact they have.
Students further learn about methods to identify the relevant environmental aspects within the life cycle of a product and how to derive appropriate targets for the respective company and its sustainability policy. After completing the module, students can systematically analyse companies for environmental risks and formulate appropriate environmental and sustainability strategies. The practical application of this knowledge to a case study will be performed in a teamproject that accompanies the lecture.
A key element of the ESMIA lecture is an (optional) extensive 3-day-excursion. When visiting the selected highly innovatory companies covering the sectors energy, chemistry, mobility and metal production, students get a tangible example on what modern environmental and sustainability management looks like in practice. The chosen companies perfectly represent state of the art sustainability management in industry. Further information regarding this will be provided within the lecture.