Energy and the Environment (ENVI3114)


This unit covers many aspects of energy and the environment: energy resources and use; electrical power generation including fossil fuelled and alternate methods; environmental impacts of energy use and power generation including greenhouse gas emissions; transportation and pollution; energy management in buildings; solar thermal energy, photovoltaics, wind power and nuclear energy; embodied energy and net emissions analysis and, importantly, socio-economic and political issues related to energy provision.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information


2-hour lecture and 1 hour seminar per week; field trips


Essay, comprehensive diary/notes from lectures, and presentation (100%).

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


12 credit points of Intermediate units

Assumed knowledge

Junior Physics units or Intermediate Environmental Science units


ENVI3001 or PHYS3600

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.