General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Jesus Ezequiel Martínez Marín

Trimester: Third term

Credits: 4

Teaching staff: 

Jordi Rosell Segura

Teaching languages

  • Catalan
  • Spanish
  • English

Catalan 70%, 15% Spanish, 15% English


Specific skills
  • Establish maritime and logistics business projects that allow the creation of new companies or the improvement of existing ones, adopting innovative and creative ideas

  • Demostrar capacitat per comunicar de manera fluida en llengua espanyola, catalana i anglesa de forma oral i escrita en l'entorn de la logística i els negocis marítims

  • Show knowledge of the ship and its recruitment for use as a means of transport for both goods and people, in an environment of sustainability and respect for the environment


The subject of Transport and Sustainable Mobility is based on the knowledge acquired in the subject of Maritime Environmental Management, where the knowledge will be extended to other sectors of transport beyond the sea. It will focus on environmental aspects that affect logistics and transport companies on a day-to-day basis, in addition to management as well as strategy, positioning and responsibility towards society. The subject has three basic pillars: understanding why the environment is important, acquiring applicable scientific and technical knowledge and understanding the importance of the environment for business and society. 

Learning outcomes

This course aims to give a cross-sectional view of the environment to logistics and transport. The environment is part of the different stages of logistics and the different means of transport. Understanding the main advantages and disadvantages of these, as well as environmental management systems and good environmental practices, are the main learning outcomes to be achieved in this subject.

Working methodology

Theoretical sessions

  • Master classes: presentation of the basic points of the lesson of compulsory attendance to students.
  • Presentations: all master classes will be accompanied by free presentations by students.


Guided learning

  • Case studies: some lessons will be accompanied by case studies. Some of these cases may be presented by groups of students at the request of the teacher.
  • Online class test: during the master classes, questionnaires will be made to the attendees about the development of the lesson. Students will be required to bring a smartphone, tablet or laptop.


Autonomous learning

  • Activities and problems: to be delivered through the platform Moodle.
  • Reading articles: complement to some of the lessons of the course.
  • Tutorials: to specify the face-to-face and non-face-to-face ones by e-mail.

In class you will need to have a second smartphone, tablet or laptop to answer the online questionnaires.


Topic 1. Introduction to the environment.

· General concepts

· Sustainable development

· International conferences

Item 2. Problems generated by transport

· Market efficiency

· Market failures

· Externalities

Item 3. Energy consumption and externalities of the transport sector

· Energy sources and energy consumption by mode of transport

· Technological change in historical perspective

· Negative externalities

Item 4. The environmental impact of the transport sector

· Main pollutants

· Atmospheric contamination. Emission factors.

· Noise pollution

Topic 5. Waste

· Definition, classification and characterization of waste

· Waste treatments

· Authorized carriers and managers

· Soil pollution

· Hazardous waste

· Radioactive waste

Item 6. Waters

· Physical, chemical and biological contamination of water

· Water treatment

Item 7. Environment and business

· Importance of the environment in the company

· Corporate Social Responsibility and the environment

· Profitability of the company and the environment

· Sustainable business strategies 




Learning activities

Activities through the Kahoot platform to monitor the development of the course to be done in class individually outside the classroom.

Online questionnaires through Moodle of different subjects of the subject to be done in class individually outside the classroom.

Project degree of pollution of a port and hasty measures. 

Final exam


Evaluation system

40%: Final exam where the minimum grade will be a 4 in order to average with the continuous assessment

25%: Continuous assessment activities. There will be between 4 activities throughout the course, where the grade of these will be the weighted average of these. Failure to deliver an activity will count as zero. These will be online questionnaires, problem solving, presentations ... After the delivery date, it will not be accepted.

15%: Project of the environmental state. 

20%: Virtual participatory mechanisms in class after each lesson (Kahoot)

These percentages will be maintained in the final recovery, and students will only be able to take the exam. 

Students who have not taken the regular call will not be able to take the exam. Continuous assessment activities will not be recoverable.



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Labandeira, Xavier (2007). Environmental Economics, Pearson Educación, Prentice Hall, 1st edition. Available online.

Ministry of the Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs (2010). Transport and the environment, towards a new common transport policy. Term 2009: transport and environment indicators in the European Union. 9788449109034. Annual collection of the European Transport Agency.