Society, environment and economic process - Sustainable development and the building of environmental policies - the big issues (energy, climate change, water resources, biodiversity- ogm, waste) - Normative, fiscal, voluntary environmental tools for economic activities - corporate social responsibility - environmental indicators, evaluation of environmental goods, environmental Projects assessment, environmental macroeconomic accounting.
The book of M. Tinacci Mossello, Environmental Policy. Project Actions Analysis, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2008 is the main reference of the examination program. Other documentary and statistical materials will be made available on the Moodle Unifi e-learning platform, together with the slides discussed in the lectures. These materials deepen, update and in some case replace parts of the volume, as specified in the lectures.
The course aims to provide students with an adequate theoretical and applying knowledge of the relationships with the environment in contemporary societies, improving their understanding through updated tools for analysis and the study of the main policies and regulations. This will allow us to observe the most significant problems in the interaction between anthropic activities, natural resources and ecosystems, the role of Institutions and their mediation between market and environment. Lectures contain large references to scenarios and concrete issues at the international, national, regional scales.
Lectures with ppt support and audio-visual material
Type of Assessment
Oral mode. Particularly the exam will verify: (1) information and knowledge on the topics of the exam schedule. (2) Accuracy of language, in particular the ability to use a correct descriptive and interpretative language. (3) Ability to combine the theoretical models presented in the lessons with the processes and the empirical evidences of the current scenario. The final evaluation will be the overall result of these three skills.
The contents of the lectures are indicatively as follows: (1) Environmental policy and environmental politics; (2) human environment relationships; (3) The environmental discourse and the limits question; (4) The role of environment in economic though; (5) Georgescu roegen and Bioeconomics; Daly, eco-efficiency, steady state and ISEW; from bioeconomics to degrowth; (6) The sustainable development paradigm; (7) Rio process 1: Stockholm 1972, Unep, Wced 1983, Brundtland Report 1987; (8) Rio process 2: Rio 1992, UNFCCC, CBD, Agenda 21 (9) Rio process 3: Millennium Goals 2000, Johannesburg 2002; (10) Rio process 4: Rio +20 2012, the crisis and the green economy; (11) Environmental policy: normative and fiscal measures; (12) Voluntary measures and environmental certifications; (13) The corporate social responsibility; (14) Environmental survey, evaluation and accounting: indicators; (15) Definition and evaluation of the ecosystem services; (16) Direct and indirect evaluation of environmental goods; (17) Shadow-prices: definition and examples; (18) Artificial markets; (19) Macroeconomic environmental accounting; (20) Big issues: water, energy and air; (21) Focus on UNFCCC until Paris Agreement and the following debate; (22) Big issues: biodiversity and CBD; (23) Big issues: waste; (24) Focus on waste management in Europe and Italy