Introduction to Environmental Management
Cod: 21070
Department: DCET
Scientific area: Environmental Science and Technology
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 26

Discussion of integrated environmental management cycle, which is composed of various phases and respective supporting tools. This cycle includes identification and assessment of environmental problems; formulation of evolution scenarios of the problems; definition of priorities and targets; selection of measures and tools leading to environmental performance implementation and control. Principal policies and recommendations for sustainable development, including the United Nations goals for 2030 are also discussed.

1. Environmental management
2. Tools of environmental policy
3. Environmental scenarios and priorities
4. Environmental indicators and indexes

• Understanding theories of concepts and principles in environmental management;
• Gathering and integrating information from various sources related to environmental management in order to present arguments or make recommendations;
• Understanding environmental issues considering their moral and ethical dimensions;
• Understanding and knowing how to use principles and tools of environmental politics which decision-makers can implement in the resolution of environmental problems;
• Assessing and understanding environmental scenarios and establishing priorities among the important environmental problems and targets.

1. Introduction to environmental management;
2. Principles of environmental policy;
3. Environmental indicators and indexes;
4. Assessment of environmental scenarios;
5. Definition of priorities and targets;
6. Measures and tools of environmental policy.

VIDEIRA, N. Alves, I. Subtil, R. (2006). Instrumentos de Apoio à Gestão do Ambiente. Volume 1. Edições da Universidade Aberta.

Support material script and videos developed by the teacher


Schmidt, L. (2007). País (In)Sustentável. Ambiente e Qualidade de Vida em Portugal. Esfera do Caos. Lisboa.
WELFORD, R. (1998). Corporate Environmental Management 1. Earthscan. 2nd edition. Londres.
Eugénio, T. P. (2004). Contabilidade e Gestão Ambiental. Áreas Editora SA, Lisboa.


Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a final digital test, Global e-folio (e-folio G) at the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final exam (100%).