Information on individual educational components (ECTS-Course descriptions) per semester

Corporate Environmental Information Systems

Degree programme Environment and Engineering
Subject area Engineering Technology
Type of degree Bachelor
Winter Semester 2024
Course unit title Corporate Environmental Information Systems
Course unit code 086011050401
Language of instruction English
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory
Teaching hours per week 3
Year of study 2024
Level of the course / module according to the curriculum
Number of ECTS credits allocated 4
Name of lecturer(s) Anna DIAZ TENA, Magdalena RUSCH
Requirements and Prerequisites

    Information Technology
    Data management and databases

Course content

The focus of the course is on corporate sustainability practices including systems for the digitalisation of operational environmental management. In particular: 

  • Tasks, structuring and components of environmental information systems
  • Indicators and scorecard as reference framework and decision support
  • Legal reporting requirements, legal compliance and sustainability reporting
  • Systematised procedure for the introduction of company environmental information systems
  • Digital technologies enabling data exchanges in circular economy approaches
  • Case studies: e.g. Stakeholder identification for data collection and management, supply chain data exchange practices, EMAS processes, scorecard for operational resource efficiency.
Learning outcomes

The course provides technical and methodological skills (F/M) for the implementation and operation of environmental information and mangement systems. The students

  • know typical tasks and components of operational environmental information systems and can describe them 
  • are able to define environmental information and management systems
  • are familiar with key figures and legal reporting obligations for corporate sustainability and can derive requirements for the implementation of environmental information systems from these
  • know systematic methods of designing environmental information systems, methods of project management and are able to apply them to case studies
  • understand the relevance of environmental information systems in the context of a digital circular economy
  • know case studies on the use of environmental information systems
Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Integrated teaching event

Assessment methods and criteria
  •     Work on exercises and case studies (40 %)
  •     Written examination (60 %)

For a positive overall grade, a minimum of 50% of the points must be achieved in each part of the examination



Recommended or required reading
  • El-Gayar, Omar and Fritz, Brian D. (2006) "Environmental Management Information Systems (EMIS) for Sustainable Development: A Conceptual Overview," Communications of the Association for Information Systems: Vol. 17 , Article 34. DOI: 10.17705/1CAIS.01734. Available at: 
  • Baumgartner, R. J., & Ebner, D. (2010). Corporate sustainability strategies: sustainability profiles and maturity levels. Sustainable development, 18(2), 76-89.
  • Figge, F., Hahn, T., Schaltegger, S., & Wagner, M. (2002). The sustainability balanced scorecard–linking sustainability management to business strategy. Business strategy and the Environment, 11(5), 269-284.
  • Broman, G. I., & Robèrt, K. H. (2017). A framework for strategic sustainable development. Journal of cleaner production, 140, 17-31.
  • Klingenberg, C. O., Borges, M. A. V., & Antunes, J. A. V. (2021). Industry 4.0 as a data-driven paradigm: a systematic literature review on technologies. Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, 32(3), 570–592.
  • Berg, H., Le Blévennec, K., Kristoffersen, E., Strée, B., Witomski, A., Stein, N., … Vrancken, K. (2020). Digital circular economy: a cornerstone of a sustainable European industry transformation. White Paper - ECERA European Circular Economy Research Alliance.
  • Azapagic, A. (2003). Systems approach to corporate sustainability: a general management framework. Process Safety and Environmental Protection, 81(5), 303-316.
  • Schaltegger, S., Burritt, R., & Petersen, H. (2017). An introduction to corporate environmental management: Striving for sustainability. Routledge.
Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)

Face to face