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Strategic Analysis of Energy Industries and Environment

ECTS Credits : 2

Duration : 21 hours

Semester : S9

Person(s) in charge :

Dr. Philippe SESSIECQ, associate professor ,,

Keywords : Life cycle analysis, environmental impacts, optimization

Prerequisites : second year courses of the department

Objective :

Comparative analysis of the energy industries : costs, impacts, optimization


The goal of this module is to present the current energy debate by a multidisciplinary  approach. A comparative analysis of energy systems will take into account technical  and environmental aspects. Viewed from various angles, this module aims to  give some elements about the following issues :  What types of energies for now and the future, which ones are sustainable? How and in what conditions can we define the optimal choices? By studying these questions we will have the opportunity to examine or re-examine the technology of the different systems concerned. These being  coal, oil, gas, biomass, nuclear, solar, hydroelectric, wind and hydrogen (with fuel cell  applications).


• Life Cycle Analysis :

 - Moving from Carbon Footprint methodology to “Life Cycle Assessment”

 - Introduction to Carbon Footprint and ACV (GaBi4 software)

 - Description of energy systems and evaluation of their impact using ACV (using GaBi4 software)

 application to different energy systems : coal, oil, gas, biomass, nuclear, solar, hydroelectric, wind and hydrogen.


This course is complemented by lectures at Mines ParisTech (Sophia Antipolis) on Energetic strategies

Forecasting and context

History of the contribution of long-term forecasting models in the climate  debate. 

The MARKAL-TIMES model, developed with the IEA as a prototype forecasting  and modeling tool which follows the principle of optimality. 

Application : energy and climate strategies, consequences of the Kyoto Protocol, CO2 quotas.

Abilities : 


Description and operational vocabulary


The sector of primary energy production and conversion.

The prospective approach and the global context of the energy field.

The principles of prospective modelling


The principle of Life Cycle Analysis and the link with prospective modelling


the methods to build energy and climate strategies


Compare various energy sectors considering technical and environmental aspects


Choose mid-term and long-term prospective approaches for energetic scenarii



Evaluation :

  • Written test
  • Continuous Control
  • Oral report
  • Project
  • Written report
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