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Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP)

Environmental Auditing and Environmental Management Systems

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The module sees auditing as part of wider environmental and sustainability management, and recognises the increasing importance of other tools and techniques such as lifecycle assessment (LCA) and ecological and carbon footprinting to environmental management in organisations and for products and services. The module explicitly addresses corporate auditing (in the private and public sector) and product auditing, and this leads into LCA and footprinting techniques and wider issues around corporate social responsibility and reporting.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • define environmental auditing and describe the main components of the environmental auditing process;
  • identify methods of auditing specific environmental issues associated with the activities of an organisation;
  • describe the main components of an environmental management system; and
  • understand key principles underpinning a range of environmental management tools and techniques
  • assess critically the use and application of environmental auditing and management tools.

Scope and syllabus

Unit 1 Introduction to Environmental Auditing and Environmental Management Systems
Unit 2 Types of Environmental Audit: the Legal Context    
Unit 3 Corporate Auditing: Procedures and Methods
Unit 4 Environmental Impacts and Performance
Unit 5 What to Audit: Emissions and Other Impacts
Unit 6 What to Audit: Resource Use and Waste Minimisation
Unit 7 Lifecycle Assessment
Unit 8 Sustainable Products and Services
Unit 9 Environmental Management System Standards (EMSSs)
Unit 10 Other ‘Standards’ and Reporting (CSR, GRI)

Module sample

P508 module uses a core text which is specially written and will take you through your self-directed study. Exercises, assignments and other activities, such as self-assessment questions, film clips and animations are included to help you with learning. Most module study guides are now provided in electronic format on a USB flash memory stick, but can also be downloaded from the online learning environment. Click the linked image below to view a sample of our e-study guide: