TEP4222 - Input-Output Analysis, Trade and Environment


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Project 50/100
Quiz 10/100
Exercises 40/100

Course content

Environmental input-output analysis is a well-established method for environmental footprinting and the sustainable developent. The objective of this course is to introduce the methodological foundations, as well as provide insight into two fields of applications. The first part of the course shows how data from the national accounts provides a basis for economic as well as environmental accounting. Based on this, the input-output framework is developed. It provides a method for analyzing the environmental impact of an arbitrary bag of goods as well as the full domestic consumption. The second part of the course focuses on the application of input-output analysis to understand the material flows (MFA) within our society. Understanding this is becoming increasingly important to develop a sustainable society. The last part of the course addresses methods for analyzing environmental aspects of international trade and consumption using multi-regional input-output tables. This includes assessing environmental impacts associated with imported goods and services. Further, the course includes a session on the application of linear programming methods to input-output analysis.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: – The course provides the student with knowledge about: – Environmentally extended Input-output analysis (EIO). – National Accounts and environmental extensions. – Construction of input-output matrices based on the national accounts. – The methodological basis of input-output analysis – Application of EIO for environmental assessment of production and consumption activities on a sector, national regional and global level. The course gives the student insight about: How to assess environmental repercussions in large production networks. Skills: The course should enable the student to: Assess the environmental impacts associated with production and consumption activities. General competence: The course should give the student insight on: The environmental impacts of production and consumption.

Learning methods and activities

The course consists of lectures and problem sets. Most problem sets involve programming in Python or MatLab. The course reading is mandatory. The lectures are in English. Since the teaching is given in English the Examination papers will be given in English only. Students are free to choose Norwegian or English for written assessments.

Further on evaluation

Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portfolio includes a final project (50%), exercises (40%), and a quiz (10%). The result for the parts are given in %-scores, while the entire portfolio is assigned a letter grade. For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Course materials

All course material is distributed via Blackboard.


Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Industrial Ecology
  • Economics
  • Technological subjects
Contact information


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Project 50/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Exercises 40/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Quiz 10/100





Room Building Number of candidates
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