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Sustainable development in the energy sector

Additional course evaluations for TN0350

Academic year 2020/2021

Sustainable development in the energy sector (TN0350-10250) 2020-08-31 - 2020-11-01

TN0350 Sustainable development in the energy sector, 5.0 Credits

Hållbar utveckling i energibranschen

Syllabus approved



Environmental science Technology

Education cycle

Master’s level

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, other second-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1F)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

- 120 credits in Technology/Technique and/or Natural sciences
- 5 credits Biology
- 5 credits Business Administration or Industrial Economy (see Additional information)
- 10 credits on advanced level in Energy systems or Resource use (see Additional information)
- 5 credits Life Cycle Assessment (see Additional information)
- knowledge equivalent to Swedish 3 and English 5 from Swedish upper secondary school


The course will provide a deeper understanding of the transition to more sustainable energy systems in practice. It focuses on the conditions, opportunities and obstacles for organisations and companies in the energy sector or energy-intensive activities to practically implement technologies and processes to achieve global and national sustainability goals in their operations.

After completing the course the student should be able to:
- Describe different dimensions of sustainability, with special emphasis on energy and resource management issues.
- Compare different ways of measuring sustainability, especially with regards to energy and resource utilisation.
- Reflect in writing on sustainable entrepreneurship and describe how ecological, economic and social dimensions of sustainability affect a business.
- Based on a case study, practically handle ethical considerations and trade-offs, and suggest necessary priorities and technical solutions in business development
- Individually argue for sustainability aspects in the energy sector, in both Swedish and English, based on case studies and relevant literature
- Quantify, analyse and relate a company’s or an organisation’s activities to the planetary boundaries and sustainability goals, and to identify potential goal conflicts in the implementation of new technology and new processes.
- Identify, critically review and analyse sustainability work in practice in energy-relevant businesses, and reflect on the role of the engineer and the engineer’s professional ethics linked to sustainable development.
- Relate previously gained knowledge in energy systems and resource management to the practical development work of actors in the sector and their sustainability challenges.


The course covers the following topics:
- Different frameworks and dimensions of sustainability
- Sustainable entrepreneurship and its driving forces
- Practical sustainability work in energy-relevant companies and organisations
- Different ways of measuring sustainability
- Applied sustainability analysis and mapping activities
- Tools for managing target conflicts and ethical considerations
- The engineer’s role and responsibility in practical sustainability work
- Planetary boundaries
- Differences between small and large businesses

The course is given in the form of lectures, guest lectures from relevant companies (eg large energy producers or consumers, smaller organizations) and other players in the energy sector (eg business initiatives, regions, municipalities etc.), student and teacher-led seminars, group work , roundtable discussions and individual presentations. The course also contains a larger case study linked to a specific activity.

Formats and requirements for examination

- Approved written synthesis report according to instructions with individual position statement
- Approved individual oral presentation of parts of the case study in English
- Approved participation in round table discussions and group report
- Approved participation in compulsory seminars
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

The requirement for prior knowledge in energy systems or resource use can be fulfilled by e.g. the course 1TE035 Energy efficiency in buildings - technology and systems 10 hp, TN0284 Bioenergy - technology and systems 10 hp, 1TE038 Wind power - technology and systems 10 hp, 1TE028 Solar energy - technology and systems 10 hp, 1TE754 Analysis of Electric Power Systems 10hp, or 1GV134 District heating systems 5 hp. The requirement for prior knowledge in life cycle assessement can be fulfilled by e.g. the course TN0285 Energy and life cycle assessment 5 hp. The requirement for prior knowledge in Biology can be fulfilled by e.g. the course KE0069 Environmental Impacts of Energy Systems 5 hp. The requirement for prior knowledge in business administration can be fulfilled by e.g. the course FÖ0450 Business Administration 5 credits or 1TE743 Industrial Management 5 credits.

Responsible department

Department of Energy and Technology
Cooperating departments:
Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom naturresurser och jordbruk (PN - NJ)
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Master Programme in Energy Systems Engineering Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 12684 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Environmental science Technology
Course code: TN0350 Application code: SLU-10219 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Energy and Technology Pace: 35%