Module Title:Environmental Management
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will be delivered as 60 hours of lecture. Classes may take the form of formal lectures or tutorial-type session. As range of techniques will be sued as appropriate, including discussion of case studies, work sheets and presentations.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to give the student an overview of legislation and management aspects of environment-related activities in the brewing and distilling industries
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Evaluate and discuss current issues in the natural environment in Ireland and globally, and those specifically related to the brewing and distilling industries
LO2 Discuss the process of impact assessment for specified developments
LO3 Identify the necessary elements of an industrial or waste licence to ensure complicance
LO4 Interpret technical reports and guidance documents
LO5 Communicate in an effective and professional manner both in written and oral format
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Co-requisite Modules
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
The Natural Environment
Ecosystems. Ecosystem functions, Natural capital, Depleting natural resources, Earth equivalence, Environmental degradation, Sustainable development, Circular Economy.
Water Quality
Surface waters/Groundwater/aquifers, Water Framework Directive. Drinking water (Public, group, private supplies), legislation. Industrial and urban waste water: types, treatment, discharge licences and legislation, river and lake assimulative capacity, Responsibilities of EPA, local authorities.
Classes of pollution, Chemical (organic - PAHs/PCBs/Dioxins/VOCs/Biocides/Pharmaceuticals, inorganic - nutrients (N-P)/heavy metals), biological (bacteria/viruses/protozoa), physical (light/thermal) Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit 1992. Global warming.
Environmental Liability Directive
Provisions, 'Polluter Pays' principle, Precautionary principle. The Pollution Linkage concept.
Industrial Emisions Directive
Provisions, IPPC licences, IPPC application process/information, Best Available Technique (BAT), BREF documents, Emission Limit Values (ELV). IPPC cases studies (Food and Pharmaceutical industry).
Environmental Impact Assessment
Methodology of EIA/EIS. Regulations. Case studies on major projects. Sustainable development. Public consultation.
Fossils fuels, environmental impacts (extraction-processing), effects of combustion - atmosphere, GHG-particulate matter, carbon footprint, renewable energy (environmental impacts of solar, hydroelectric, wind, biofuel), Kyoto. Paris 2015. Energy audits.
Waste Management
Waste production statistics, the Waste management heirachy (prevent, reduce, reuse, recycle), Environmental impacts of landfill (odous/leachate/pests/visual), Landfill Directive, Environmental impacts of incineration (technology/dioxins/GHG) Reporting, compliance, Biogradable waste treatment, composting, anaerobic digestion. Other waste legislation (WEE, VoU.).
Environmental Management Systems in Industry
EMS: Componients and implimentation. Environmental quality standards (ISO 14001:2015, Environmental management and audit scheme (EMAS). Legal and other requirements. Evaluation of compliance. Auditing. Eco-labelling.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Case Studies Case study report 1,2,3,4,5 15.00 n/a
Presentation Presentation on brewing/distilling waste management 1,2,3,4,5 15.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End of year exam 1,2,3,4 70.00 End-of-Semester

ITCarlow reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Total Hours 60.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_SABRE_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Brewing and Distilling 3 Mandatory