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Syllabus for

Academic year
TEK465 - Sustainable transportation
Syllabus adopted 2014-02-17 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPSES
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Energy and Environmental Systems and Technology, Industrial Engineering and Management, Mechanical Engineering

Teaching language: English
The course is open for exchange students
Block schedule: A

Course elements   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0113 Written and oral assignments 7,5c Grading: TH   7,5c    

In programs

MPSCM SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT, MSC PROGR, Year 2 (compulsory elective)


Forskarassistent  Sönke Behrends


TEK445   Environmental aspects of transport

Course evaluation:

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In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

Engineering/technical BSc degree


This course studies technological measures and political initiatives to reduce the environmental impacts of the transport sector. Alternative fuels and innovative vehicle technology, which are a necessity if a sustainable transport sector is to be achieved, are likely to have significant negative side effects and challenges, e.g. competition to food production, resource availability and land-use impacts. The aim of the course is to provide an understanding of the character and scale of the problem and the challenges of potential solutions.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

After completion of this course, the student should be able to:
- Explain the unsustainable impacts of the transport sector - Analyse the potential and challenges of alternative fuels and innovative vehicle technology for the road transport sector - Analyse the potential and challenges of alternative transport modes - Analyse the potential and challenges of transport policy measures


The course takes a holistic perspective on the transport system including passenger and freight transport as well as developed and developing countries. The lectures in the course include: - Unsustainable impacts of different transport modes, e.g. passenger cars, trucks, rail, sea and air transport. - Alternative fuels and innovative vehicle technology, e.g. bio fuels, hybrid and electric vehicles, hydrogen and fuel cells, etc. - Transport policy initiatives, e.g. congestion charges, regulations, etc. The course is related to ¿ITR361 - Environmental aspects on logistics and transport¿, which focuses on freight transport and logistics.  The courses are complementary but can be read separately as well. 


The course has three main components: lectures, seminars and case studies. The lectures give a basic understanding of the topics covered in the course complemented by lectures by specialists from industry/policy/research institutes/etc. providing insights on a specific issue. The seminars are used to stimulate debate and strengthening the understanding of the potential and challenges of transport technology and policy measures. The case studies are group assignments and are used to apply the developed knowledge on a practical example.


A collection of journal articles and extracts from various publications. An up-dated literature list is announced on the course web page before the course starts.


In order to better integrate the lectures with the examination and to increase student-student interaction, this course has continuous examination based on hand-ins (to be written during the reading period) of regular home examination reports and case studies (approximately 1 hand-in every week). Both the examination reports and the case study will contribute to final course marks. Attendance in some lectures and seminars is compulsory.

Published: Fri 18 Dec 2009. Modified: Mon 28 Nov 2016