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MH2045 Energy and Materials Sustainability 6.0 credits

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Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus MH2045 (Autumn 2023–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course gives specialised knowledge and understanding of how industrial processes and products influence the environment as well as the legal aspects and strategies to minimise environmental impact.

The course focuses particularly on the possibilities and limitations of the process industry to both decrease its emissions of waste to atmosphere and water, and its energy use, through life-cycle analysis of energy and material.

The course structure includes:

  • Lectures
  • Project Work
  • Study visits/Fieldwork

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the participant should be able to:

  • Evaluate and critically review an existing process path based on sustainability aspects and the specific sustainability targets
  • Give example of and evaluate relevant environmental indicators in an existing process
  • Distinguish and categorise causes and sources to problems with environmental effects and propose and evaluate appropriate control mechanisms for these
  • Evaluate and critically review a life-cycle analysis of an existing process
  • Critically review and justify sustainability aspects in a given process path

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Basic knowledge of energy and environmental issues and about process industry, corresponding to the course MH1022, Fabrication Processes of Metals and Bio Fibres, 7 credits, or the equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB2 - Laboratory work, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • NÄR1 - Presence, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project Assignment, 2.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Materials Science, Materials Science and Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

The course MH2601 Combustion in Industrial Processes


Weihong Yang,