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MJ2623 Environmental Technology and Environmental Impact Studies 7.5 credits

Advanced course on environmental technology and environmental impact studies.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus MJ2623 (Spring 2011–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The environmental threats and their effects on man and ecosystems - expanded studies as compared to the basic course with focus on the climate change and toxic substances (metals and persistent organic pollutants).

Strategies for a better environment: Cleaner production strategies (process changes, raw materials changes etc.), process external solutions, product changes and other. Advantages and disadvantages using different strategies.

Air pollution control and gas cleaning technology. Process internal solutions and external solutions in order to minimize air pollutions (both gaseous compounds and particles). Two main applications will be discussed – emissions of VOC connected to handling of organic solvents and emissions of flue gases from energy production. Advantages and disadvantages with different methods.

Municipal and industrial waste water treatment. Process internal solutions and external solutions in order to minimize water pollutions. A number of common applications will be discussed. Advantages and disadvantages with different methods.

Industrial waste treatment. Process internal solutions to minimize waste production. Waste treatment methods especially handling of hazardous waste.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course the student should be able to: 

  • In detail describe and explain the climate change problem and also the global and national environmental threats on the ecosystems this climate change can give.
  • Understand the problems according to modelling and predicting future changes in very complex systems.
  • In detail describe and explain ecological impacts caused by toxic substances (metals and persistent organic pollutants).
  • Propose and motivate strategies and actions for different environmental problems, based on a system analysis perspective.
  • Describe and explain the function of different unit operations that can be used as kidney or recovery function in an industrial production process in order to minimize pollutions to air or water.
  • State and describe other process internal solutions to minimize air pollution emissions (through flue gases and evaporation of VOC) and emissions through waste water discharges.
  • Describe and explain the function of different process external methods that can be used in order to minimize pollutions to air or water.
  • Discuss advantages and disadvantages for different environmental technical solutions.
  • Describe different strategies and methods to minimize the waste production from industrial production processes.
  • Describe and explain different treatment methods for industrial wastes (especially hazardous wastes).
  • Propose and motivate the choice of different environmental technical solutions in order to solve or minimize pollutions to air or water from industrial production processes.
  • Propose and motivate suitable methods to handle waste flows from industrial production processes.

Course disposition

Lectures:         40h
Seminars:        16h
Written exam:    4h

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

At least 100 ECTS credits  of academic studies in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering or Biotechnology or course MJ2611 or MJ2652 or corresponding knowledge.

Documented profieciency in swedish A and english B or equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

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Persson, P.O. 2005. ”Miljöskyddsteknik – strategier och teknik för en hållbar utveckling”, Industriell ekologi, KTH.

Bernes, Claes. "Persistent organic pollutants" Monitor 16, Swedish Env. Protection Board, 1998

Bernes, Claes. “A warmer world” Monitor 20, Swedish Env. Protection Board 2007.

Notes from lectures.

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


  • TEN1 - Examination, 4,5 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercises, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • ÖVN2 - Exercises, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, 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 web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web MJ2623

Offered by

ABE/Sustainability and Environmental Engineering

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

MJ2622 Environmental technology Advanced Course II (3C1343), 9 credits
MJ2624 Project in Environmental Technology, 6 credits.
MJ2653 Environmental Consequences, Advanced Course II (3C1365), 6 credits
MJ2630 Waste Management, Advanced Course (3C1350), 6 credits