Energy and Sustainable Development Syllabus - BBA (PU)

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Course Description

Course Objectives

This course attempts to highlight the basic issues on the relation between material/energy resources, the environment and sustainable development. Technological changes on greater efficiency of energy utilization, exploitation of renewable energy, adoption of cleaner environmental practices, and waste reduction that can lead to sustainable development will be explored. Specifically, management of energy and environment towards sustainability will be introduced.

Course Description

Principles, concepts and practices of energy and sustainable development will be introduced to students. It will examine the environmental, economic, and social dimensions of SD by focusing on growth and needs of human population, changing patterns of consumption, production, and distribution of resources and the associated environmental impact over time. Consideration will be given to the driving forces that influence SD with special reference to the impact on water resources, energy sources and uses, and waste management.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the basic concepts related to energy and sustainable development
  • Perform basic analysis of energy systems
  • Explain problems with current energy and environment assessment practices
  • Discuss the environmental, economic and social dimensions of sustainable development
  • Describe possible solutions to current energy problems
  • Explain the concept, policies and practices regarding renewable energy


Unit Contents

Course Contents

The following themes or topics are included:

  • Energy's role in social, economic, and sustainable development.
  • Conventional energy technologies and resources.
  • Renewable energy technologies for buildings (including heating/cooling), power generation, transport, and agriculture.
  • Environmental comparisons and climate change impacts.
  • Environmental impacts and comparisons across a range of energy supply technologies.
  • Environmental assessment chains.
  • Economic analysis and comparisons - life cycle analysis, financial analysis, cost of conserved energy, and externalities.
  • Cost assessment of supply technologies vs. energy-efficiency.
  • Subsidy justifications, other tax and incentive policies
  • Renewable energy policies, including feed-in tariffs, portfolio standards, targets, tax incentives, and bio-fuels mandates.
  • Energy markets and governance
  • Energy and climate change
  • Sustainable energy futures.

Text and Reference Books


  1. Boyle, G. Renewable Energy: Power for a Sustainable Future. Oxford University Press, New Delhi.
  2. Everett, B., Boyle, G., Peake, S. and Ramage, J. Energy System and Sustainability. Oxford University Press. New Delhi.
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  • Short Name ESD
  • Course code NBE 395
  • Semester Eighth Semester
  • Full Marks 100
  • Pass Marks 45
  • Credit 3 hrs
  • Elective/Compulsary Elective