Sustainable Mobility (in English) (Lecture)

Lecturer (assistant)
Duration2 SWS
TermWintersemester 2023/24
Language of instructionEnglish
DatesSee TUMonline


After completing of the course, the student is able to: - understand the term of sustainability - understand the challenge that mobility represents to sustainability - conduct a Life Cycle Analysis of different mobility options and assess the environmental impact (greenhouse gases, as well as other impacts) associated to different mobility systems from a life cycle approach - conduct a Life Cycle Cost Analysis of different mobility options - understand the socio-economic impacts of different systems using the macro-economic Input-Output Analysis.


The lecture will cover the relevant questions concerning "sustainability" and "mobility" and methods to assess the sustainability of mobility systems. - term sustainability: definition of sustainability - tools for sustainability: (i) environmental life cycle analysis, (ii) life cycle cost analysis, (iii) social life cycle analysis and, (iv) socio-economic Input-Output Analysis. - sustainability deficits of existing mobility: oil based system, geo-politics, CO2-emissions, particulate emissions, noise, ... - new mobility concepts beyond technology: car sharing, inter modal transport - electric vehicles and smart grid: current situation and challenges for sustainability. - autonomous driving: current situation and challenges for sustainability - other alternative fuels: current situation and challenges for sustainability


Fundamentals about: - energy systems - renewable energies

Teaching and learning methods

Case studies will be provided to the students, who will solve them using the methods learnt during the lectures The exercises will be solved by the students during the session. The students will be encouraged to participate in the discussions


The module exam consists of a 90-minute written exam, in which the students work on short word problems and multiple-choice questions on the different aspects of sustainability - especially with regard to the mobility sector. In addition, simple calculation tasks are used to check the mastery of the acquired procedures based on examples. In addition, students will use a case study to carry out the Life Cycle analysis using basic mathematical calculations. Word problems examine the understanding of the methods and the proper interpretation of results. The exam is graded and no other documents are allowed.

Recommended literature

- Life Cycle Assessment Handbook: A Guide for Environmentally Sustainable Products Editors(s):Mary Ann Curran First published:7 November 2012 Print ISBN:9781118099728 |Online ISBN:9781118528372 DOI:10.1002/9781118528372 Copyright © 2012 Scrivener Publishing LLC. All rights reserved.