LASA Environmental Impact Assessment

Second Cycle Degree Programme (MSc Level) in Environmental Engineering
Università degli Studi di Padova


Prof. Luca Palmeri
Ing. Alberto Barausse

LASA - Dip. di Ingegneria Industriale
Via Marzolo, 9 - 35122 Padova
tel.: +49-8275526 / fax: +49-8275528



Wed 10-12
Thu 12-14


Luca Palmeri 

on Google scholar

General course objectives
To provide the students with the basic theory and practice for conducting the principal procedures for environmental evaluations

Didactics: Lectures and exercises
The course is centred on the environmental impact assessment procedure. In particular the
following topics are addressed: legislation (European and national), the administrative
practice, the environmental impact study document writing and the tools for the evaluation
of impacts. Several other closely related topics are discussed too: the strategic environmental
evaluation, incidence evaluation and the integrated pollution prevention and control.
After an introduction to the general theory of decision making and of decision support systems,
the principal evaluation tools are presented, e.g. multi-criteria analysis, risk analysis and
life cycle assessment. Applications to real case studies are foreseen along the entire duration
of the course in order to clarify the theoretical subjects presented.

A student who has met the objective of the course will be able to:
  • conduct an environmental impact assessment procedure
  • do consulting in elaborating the documents required
  • adapt the procedure to the different national and international contexts

  • Course material
    Textbook (R. Cossu, R. Gadia, P. Luria) and Handouts
    LINKS to resources in English   <---
    Syllabus ( Calendar)
    EIA procedure
    EIA - Procedures and regulations (Europeans regulations)
    EIA - Procedures and regulations (Italian law = 152/2006, regional law) (Links to Italian laws)
    Environmental components and tools for impact evaluation
    Integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC)
    Decision models
    Multi criteria models
    Risk Assessment (Andrea Gredelj)
    Cost/benefit analysis and other accounting methods
    Topics for the group work
    Ecosystem services evaluation in the LIFE VIMINE project (Laura Grechi)
    Hydraulic hazard and participation (Alessandro Pattaro)
    Voluntary tools for environmental management (Alessandro Manzardo)
    Verifica di Assoggettabilità a Valutazione di Impatto Ambientale (V.I.A.) (screening) per impianto di cogenerazione alimentato a gas naturale da 2,004 MWe (caso di studio) (Luca Tonello - ECOCHEM)
    Life Cycle Assessment
    Odour emissions and olfactive impact (Alice Mantovani)