Decarbonisation & sustainability management

Graz University of Technology
Ass.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. phil. Günter Getzinger

10 Weeks

Time required
ca. 125 hours

max. 20


Start Date
15. Januar 2024

Application Closing Date
05. Januar 2024

Previous Knowledge
a qualification specific to the target group

EC and Costs
5 EC for € 2,100,-


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Course structure “Decarbonisation & sustainability management:
The path to a carbon neutral company“:


Course leadership

Ass.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.phil. Günter Getzinger leads the Science, Technology and Society Unit (STS) at Graz University of Technology. He teaches environmental management, sustainable technology design, technology and ethics, and technology policy. His research focuses on the sustainability transition of socio-technical systems, in particular of mobility and energy systems, on strategies for climate neutrality, on technology assessment and on ethics in science and technology. Further information under

Course information

Course content

What to expect from this course?

The EU “Green Deal” with the goal of climate neutrality now obligates companies: Industrial companies in particular are required to expand their measures for more sustainability, to balance them and to include other fields of action for climate neutrality (e.g., supply chains) in addition to the previous focus on energy. In this university course comprising 10 units, you will acquire basic know-how on environmental and sustainability management systems, sustainability reporting and greenhouse gas balancing, backcasting and roadmapping with the goal of climate neutrality, as well as carbon management with a special focus on the decarbonisation of supply chains.

This course is part of the EMBA Green and Digital Transition and is listed there under the module name “Sustainability Management, -systems” in the curriculum. If the course is completed, it can be credited to the EMBA Green and Digital Transition.

Previous knowledge

What previous knowledge is needed to take this course?

No special prior knowledge is required for the MOOC.

The university course addresses company staff whose goal is to analyse, explain, initiate or manage operational decarbonisation projects and aspire to gain competence in sustainability management as specialists and managers.

The course is particularly suitable for specialists (e.g. project managers, quality engineers, business economists) from the following sectors:

  • industry, R&D
  • consulting services
  • trade and logistics
  • energy industry

The decision on admission is made by the academic course management on the basis of the qualifications described in the application process.


Is it possible to receive a certificate?

Participants who successfully complete the online course (MOOC) will be issued a certificate of participation by Graz University of Technology. Participants who successfully pass an examination at the end of the whole microcredential course will be awarded a university certificate from Graz University of Technology. In addition, you will receive 5 EC.

Learning goals

After completing this course, you will be able to…?
  • name fields of action of decarbonisation and describe their challenges
  • implement a modern, EMAS and ISO 14000-compliant environment and sustainability management system that is oriented towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and takes supply chain responsibility into account
  • develop sustainability reporting in line with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and in compliance with European law
  • prepare a complete, GHG Protocol-compliant greenhouse gas inventory for your company
  • draw up a decarbonisation roadmap based on a bundle of measures with the goal of climate neutrality and develop a carbon management system (as part of sustainability management) which enables continuous monitoring of target achievement and any necessary tightening of measures

Course structure

How is the course structured?

The course is divided into the following four consecutive phases:

  1. Self-study phase – MOOC
    The assessment of the online phase (MOOC) takes place via an online self-assessment (single or multiple choice).
  2. Guided lessons & practice
    Building on the online phase, you will deepen your knowledge in course units (face-to-face lessons and transfer project) with personal supervision by experts in the respective subject area. These comprise an average of 70 working hours (approx. 5 weeks). The presence units take place on the following days in the premises of the TU Graz (seminar room BMTEG038, Stremayrgasse 16 (EG), 8010 Graz) all day long:
  3. Assessment
    Self-study phase – MOOC: The assessment of the online phase (MOOC) takes place via an online self-assessment (single or multiple choice).
    Face-to-face phase: The assessment of the face-to-face phase takes the form of a written examination.
    Transfer project: The assessment of the transfer phase is based on a transfer project in the form of a project report or on the basis of a presentation of the project results.

Course dates

Kick off for Online Phase: to be determined
Self-study phase – MOOC: 15.01.24 – 09.02.24
Face-to-face phase: 12.02.24 – 14.02.24

Transfer project:19.02.24 – 15.03.24

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Microcredentials are “mini-diplomas” of approximately 75-125 hours of effort that demonstrate knowledge and/or skills in a specific subject area. To earn a microcredential, it is necessary to first complete an online self-study course, then attend a guided exercise and transfer phase (online or face-to-face) supervised by subject experts. After passing a final assessment, you will receive a certificate issued by a university.

Microcredentials are ideal for continuing professional development, as they can be easily integrated into everyday working life due to the flexible, compact schedule and the online self-study phase on offers courses on topics that are currently relevant on the labour market or will be relevant in the future. Such further education can close the gaps between employees‘ formal education and new requirements on the labour market. If you want to expand your knowledge in the subject area later on, the certificate issued can be credited for further education at Austrian universities.

In order to obtain a microcredential and thus a valid certificate from a university, it is necessary to complete the online self-study phase on, attend the guided phase as well as pass a final assessment. The self-study part of the training, in which the basics are explained, is available as an openly licensed course on After completing the self-study phase, you will receive an automatically issued certificate that entitles you to participate in the guided phase.

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Once you have been accepted to the Microcredential programme, TU Graz LifeLongLearning will provide you with all the necessary information and login credentials.

You will receive a university-issued certificate upon completion of the microcredentials course. Among other things, this certificate contains information on the effort involved, expressed in EC. 1 EC corresponds to 25 hours of work (example: 5 EC = 125 hours of work). The certificate can be presented at other European universities and credited towards a further education programme. Whether a microcredentials can be credited at a partner university lies in the responsibility of the partner university and follows the regulations applicable there.

If you would like to develop a microcredential, either building on an existing online course or with a new online course on as the basis for the self-study phase, please contact us via the contact form and we will agree on the further procedure together.