ENVR08024 2013 Cleaner Production

General Details

Full Title
Cleaner Production
Transcript Title
Cleaner Production
N/A %
Subject Area
ENVR - Environmental Science
ESCI - Environmental Science
08 - NFQ Level 8
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
Billy Fitzgerald, Declan Feeney, Noel Connaughton, Steve Tonry

This module introduces the principles of cleaner production (CP) which refers to the continuous application of an integrated, preventive environmental strategy towards processes, products and services in order to increase overall efficiency and reduce damage and risks for humans and the environment. Specific emphasis will be placed on green procurement, design for the environment, life cycle analysis, the use of discounted cash flow techniques to financially appraise different options and the importance of good communications in the CP process.



Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Discuss the basic principles of Cleaner Production


Apply CP principles and methodologies to a range of sectors such as Manufacturing, Construction, Water & Wastewater, Waste, Energy, Transport, Agriculture & Forestry, Mining & Quarrying, Built Environment, Tourism, Services


Discuss how to plan and implement a green procurement strategy


Explain how to apply appropriate risk assessment methodologies to prioritise efforts in environmental protection


Discuss the issues that should be considered in developing an environmental awareness and training programme


Assess proposed environmental options using discounted cash flow techniques

Module Assessment Strategies

The assessment strategy will focus on helping the learner to apply the theory to typical practical scenarios that may arise in the workplace.

Three Continuous Assessments MCQs/Assignments worth 50% of module marks

50% for final theory exam.

Indicative Syllabus

Cleaner Production theory and methodologies

Application of CP methodologies to a wide range of sectors to proactively protect the environment

Green procurement

Development of appropriate environmental awareness and training programmes to suit various audiences

Use of risk assessment approaches to help prioritise environmental initiatives

Application of basic discounted cash flow techniques such as Net Present Value to assess alternative options or projects.



Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Multiple Choice MCQ1 Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % Week 4 1,3,4,5,6
2 Assignment Apply theory to "real-world" situation Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % Week 8 2,3,4,5,6
3 Group Project Group Assignment Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % Week 12 1,2,3,4,5,6

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Written Exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 50 % Week 15 1,2,3,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Workshop Not Specified Site Visits/Presentations/Lectures/Groupwork 9 Twice Per Semester 1.20
Directed Learning Offsite On Line Lectures, Manuals, assigned reading 96 UNKNOWN 96.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Research, writing reports, reading, studying 96 UNKNOWN 96.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 97.20 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

All resources required will be provided by the subject lecturer in electronic format (PDFs, PowerPoint Presentations, On-Line lectures etc.). The following documents will also be referred to but students will not be required to purchase these documents:

ISO 14040 (2006). Environmental Management – Life Cycle Assessment – Principles and Framework. International Organization of Standardization.

ISO 14044 (2006). Environmental Management – Life Cycle Assessment – Requirements and Guidelines. International Organization of Standardization.

ISO 26000 (2010). Guidance on Social Responsibility, International Organization for Standardization.

Relevant Articles reflecting latest research and practice from the Journal of Cleaner Production across a range of sectors.

The Innovation High Ground: How Leading Companies are Using Sustainability- Driven Innovation to Win Tomorrow’s Customers. Arthur D. Little Global Management Consulting, 2005.

Other Resources

Access to IT Sligo Moodle Platform

PC or Laptop

Additional Information