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Environmental Economics

Module description

Increasingly, you and I are being bombarded by mainstream financial media headlines, viz. “Why companies not working towards decarbonisation and a sustainable economy could fall behind”. What these headlines are really telling us is that consumers, producers, investors, and governments, alike, are becoming ever more concerned about sustainable development, as measured by Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors. With this in mind, our Environmental Economics course is tailored specifically to enable you to assess both countries’ and firms’ performances in achieving sustainable development; and, to guide you in the adaptation and transformation of corporate business models and government policy frameworks, so as to align them, as far as possible, with pre-eminent environmental metrics. In addition, our course will assist you in seeking answers to three broad, contemporary questions: (1) what are the causes of environmental problems? (2) How do we evaluate the economic significance of environmental degradation and/or improvements? (3) How do we, via the design of economic incentives and disincentives, slow down or stop environmental degradation as well as ensure the material improvement of our natural environment’s quality?

Full module specification

Module title:Environmental Economics
Module code:BEEM494Z
Module level:M
Academic year:2021/2
Module lecturers:
Module credit:30
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Duration of module: