Syllabus for Management Systems, Life Cycle Analysis and Sustainability

Ledningssystem, livscykelanalys och hållbarhet


  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1TG292
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Industrial Engineering and Management G1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2019-03-07
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2022-10-14
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2023
  • Entry requirements:

    Projects Management and Leadership. Participation in Social Change, Leadership and Participation.

  • Responsible department: Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering

Learning outcomes

Upon completing the course the student should be able to

  • explain the UN's sustainability goals and Swedish national environmental goals,
  • describe approaches for increased sustainability by using environmental management system: International Standards Organisation (ISO) 14001, Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) and define their similarities and differences,
  • describe approaches for increased sustainability when working with energy transition through the management systems ISO 50001 (energy management system) and ISO 14001 (environmental management system),
  • explain the concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR, ISO 26000) and corruption/anti bribery management system (ISO 37001),
  • explain the concept of integrated management systems with its advantages and disadvantages,
  • explain the utilization of Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) for sustainability reporting,
  • describe different types of environmental impact of products,
  • perform a simplified life cycle analysis (LCA).


Driving forces for sustainable development and how they are related to organisations responsibility. UN's sustainability goals and Swedish national environmental goals. Management systems connected to sustainable development. Management aspects plan and structure with the demands from ISO 14001, EMAS, and ISO 50001 with its similarities and differences. Sustainability reporting. Corporate social responsibility. Corruption. Impact of products on the environment. Basics of life cycle analysis.


Lectures, seminars, exercises and group work.


Written assignments and active participation in workshops for each part of the course.
Part 1: Management Systems (3 credits),
Part 2: Life Cycle Analysis (3 credits),
Part 3: Sustainability (4 credits).

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding targeted pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2023

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • CSR and sustainable business Borglund, Tommy; De Geer, Hans; Sweet, Susanne; Frostenson, Magnus; Lerpold, Lin; Nordbrand, Sara; Sjöström, Emma; Windell, Karolina

    First edition: Stockholm: Sanoma utbildning, [2017]

    Find in the library


  • Eccleston, Charles H.; March, Frederic.; Cohen, Tim Inside energy : developing and managing an ISO 50001 energy management system

    Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2011

    Find in the library


  • Kals, Johannes ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems: What Managers Need to Know About Energy and Business Administration

    Business Expert Press, 2015


  • Jensen, Frede Integrated Management System: Combining other standards with ISO 9001, 2016


  • EMAS – Eco-Management and Audit Scheme – “User’s guide”

  • ISO 14 001

  • ISO 26 001

  • ISO 37 001

  • ISO 50 001

Additional texts of about 300 pages will be added

Last modified: 2022-04-26