546-0016/06 – Environmental Management Systems (SEM)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Environmental EngineeringCredits4
Subject guarantorprof. Ing. Vladimír Lapčík, CSc.Subject version guarantorprof. Ing. Vladimír Lapčík, CSc.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementCompulsory
Study languageEnglish
Year of introduction2019/2020Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesFMT, HGFIntended for study typesBachelor, Follow-up Master
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
KOD009 Ing. Jana Kodymová, Ph.D.
LAP20 prof. Ing. Vladimír Lapčík, CSc.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit and Examination 2+2
Part-time Credit and Examination 8+8

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

Student gains knowledge concerning development of environment in macro mode. The subject acquaints student with political tools in branch of environmental protection and with tools for support of sustainable development.

Teaching methods



The subject Environmental Management Systems: Student gains knowledge from branch of environmental management, global scenarios of sustainable development (WBCSD), the Czech Republic scenarios, State Environmental Policy (CR), ecoefficiency – CP, clean technologies, BAT, BREF (IPPC), ecoefficiency indicators (WBCSD, ISO 14031). In next step the subject Environmental Management Systems explains EMS (according to ISO 14001) as a managerial tool, integrated management systems, environmental reporting, CSR, life cycle assessment (LCA), environmental impact assessment (EIA) in the Czech republic and in the world etc.

Compulsory literature:

LAPČÍK, V. Wind Farms and Their Impact on the Environment (chapter in book). In: Wind Farm - Technical Regulations, Potential Estimation and Siting Assessment/Book 1 (book edited by Gastón Orlando Suvire). Croatia, Austria: InTech, 2011. pp. 141-162 (22 p.). ISBN 978-953-307-483-2. LAPČÍK, V., KOHUT, O., NOVÁK, P., KALOČAJOVÁ, A. Environmental Impacts of Mining of Mineral Resources. Inźynieria Mineralna (Journal of the Polish Mineral Engineering Society), Volume XIX, No. 2(42) 2018, s. 253 - 263. RYDÉN, L., MIGULA, P., ANDERSON, M. Environmental Science: Understanding, Protecting and Managing the Environment in the Baltic Sea Region, Baltic University Press, 2003, 824p., ISBN 91-970017-0-8. BISSET, R. Introduction to EIA Methods. EIA Process, Methods and Uncertainty. In: Proc. CEMP Aberdeen. Scotland (UK): University of Aberdeen, 1991.

Recommended literature:

QINGXIN, F; HONGGUANG, A; CHAO, M.:LifeCycleAssessment. Environmental Science and Management, 2007, 6: 050. LAPČÍK, V., LAPČÍK, V. jr., ČABLÍK, V. Energy Recovery from Municipal and Other Waste. Inźynieria Mineralna (Journal of the Polish Mineral Engineering Society), Volume XIX, No. 2(42) 2018, s. 265 - 272. BARROW, C. J. Environmental and Social Impact Assessment: an introduction. London: E. Arnold, 1997. BISSET, R. Review Criteria for Environmental Assessment Reports. In: Proc. CEMP Aberdeen. Scotland (UK): University of Aberdeen, 1991.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

Tests, Seminar project, Oral examination


Other requirements

Seminar projects in branch of Environmental impact assessment (EIA), Environmental audits, LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) etc.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Definitions – environment, environmental protection, ecology, environmental pollution and degradation. Changes in the environment according to demographic, social and technical development, resources use, renewable and non-renewable sources. Local, regional and global environmental pollution, assimilation capacity of nature. Global ecosystem, ecosystem services. Biodiversity, Convention on Biological Diversity, genetic banks. 2. History of environmental protection. Basic strategies, development in timeline, main features. Economical comparison of different environmental strategies. 3. Sustainable development – definition, principles, documents. Agenda 21. Scenarios of sustainable development (WBCSD). 4. Preventive strategy – principles, tools, proactive impact, win-win strategy and its advantages. 5. Environmental impact assessment (EIA) – principle, Czech legislation, time requirements, participants in EIA process, role of state administration, local administration and public. EIA experts – qualification requirements, formation of team for EIA process, methods for assessment. 6. Environmental audits – definition, legislation. Various types of environmental audit, differences and common signs, description of audit program and plan, participants. Auditors – qualification requirements, formation of team for audit. 7. Waste minimization, cleaner production. Definition, description of CP assessment project. Implementation in companies. Benefits of CP project for environment and economics of company. IPPC – principle, Czech legislation, BAT, BREF. 8. LCA (Life Cycle Assessment). 9. Environmental labels and declarations. 10.Environmental management systems – definition, basic features, specifications. EMS certification – rules, possibilities, costs and benefits. Accreditation of certification bodies. EMAS and ISO 14001 - differences. Connection to other management systems (QMS, SMS, OHSAS etc.). EPI’s, ISO 14031. CSR. 11.Voluntary agreements - reason, methodology, relation to the legislation, benefits. 12.Environmental economy – basic terms, economical tools for environmental protection, environmental accounting. 13.Environmental management of territories (town, region), environemetal part of Local Agenda 21, indicators of sustainable development - sense, choice, usage. 14.Information technologies in environmental protection - methods of utilization.

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2019/2020 Winter semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of points
Credit and Examination Credit and Examination 100 (100) 51
        Credit Credit 33  17
        Examination Examination 67  34
Mandatory attendence parzicipation: Attending on seminars - min. 90 %, the rest part is possible to substitute (e.g. semester work on the assigned topic with the use of foreign literature).

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2020/2021 (N0724A290006) Preventive Approaches in Environmental Protection EM P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2020/2021 (N0724A290006) Preventive Approaches in Environmental Protection EM K Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan

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