sustainability assessment Articles

  • How to make top-down and bottom-up sustainability converge

    Fits and starts are all too common in the sustainability world. One year you have budget for initiatives; the next you don’t. Management hails cost savings on individual projects, but they miss the big picture and fail to link progress across departmental boundaries. Bottom-up progress and top-down directives pass each other like proverbial ships in the night. But it doesn’t have to ...


    By CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd.

  • Transformational adaptation – when climate change means business as usual is no longer possible

    1. A lesson from the past Deep in the central Sahara, a crumbling mud-brick town sits at the edge of a dry lake bed. This is the medieval town of Germa, in southwestern Libya, one of a string of settlements along the Wadi al-Ajal, a valley defined by the towering dunes of the Ubari Sand Sea to the north, and the black cliffs of the Messak Settafet plateau to the south. Germa is romantic ...


    By Garama 3C Ltd

  • Improving Winery Lagoon Performance & Efficiency - Case Study

    Overview A winery in California faced the challenge of optimizing and treating their wastewater pond in a sustainable manner. The winery had brush rotors frequently breaking down, which were very difficult and time consuming to repair. They were seeking a more reliable option. Aeration Industries International provided that solution in more ways than one. ...

  • Closer Look at the Capacity of SLA Batteries and Solar Energy Systems

    Sealed lead acid (SLA) batteries have a reputation for being durable when used to support portable electronic devices. They require minimal maintenance and offer leak-proof capabilities. But when used with solar energy systems, the units present issues that can hinder the potential and performance of the machines. For example, general purpose SLA batteries should not be deep cycled, as ...


    By Larson Electronics LLC

  • Treatment and Disposal of Air Pollution Control Residue

    What is APCr? Thermal waste management using Energy Recovery Facilities (ERFs) is now a well-managed and mature technology that is subject to environmental monitoring by a range of competent international bodies. These ERFs have been established as a means of diverting waste away from landfill disposal and for valorising the material and energy content of the waste. Counter to historic ...

  • Learning and evaluation in Integrated Sustainability Assessment

    This paper explains why learning, especially social learning, and evaluation are essential and integral parts of Integrated Sustainability Assessment (ISA). This is linked to the intent and purpose of ISA as a process that seeks to achieve transformative outcomes, including through issue reframing. The goals of ISA require a participatory process, adaptability and an iterative architecture with, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Prospects of sustainability-oriented innovation assessment

    The importance of sustainability orientation in the assessment of innovation becomes increasingly important as firms face macro-structural transformations, strong competition and stakeholder pressure towards sustainable conduct. However, traditional approaches to innovation assessment focus on financial outcomes and fail to capture the double externalities of sustainability-oriented innovations. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Indicators to Assess Sustainability of Transport Activities

    Transport is a priority action area for sustainable development. It plays a considerable role in the economy with its omnipresence throughout the production chain, at all geographic scales (Rodrigue et al., 2007). However, transport is also considered to be the sector with the fastest growth in environmental pollution (EC, 2005). Apart from energy generation and industrial processing, transport ...


  • Assessing social sustainability: social sustainability and its multicriteria assessment in a sustainability scenario for Germany

    Social sustainability is a qualitative criterion, which has to be applied to different domains, i.e., the economy, society and the population. It is challenged by current political and economic developments. Based on a German study comprising discourse-derived narratives and extensive modelling, this paper demonstrates how the social sustainability of strategies for sustainable development can be ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The role of strategic health impact assessment in sustainable development

    Health is one of the main ways of judging effects on humans and is a component of the three overlapping dimensions of sustainable development: environmental, social and economic. Yet, the assessment of health impacts has been neglected as a way of arguing for the importance of policies to foster sustainable development or of evaluating policies from this viewpoint. Health impact assessment (HIA) ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The role of modelling tools in Integrated Sustainability Assessment (ISA)

    The paper provides a review of existing modelling tools that have been applied to a wide range of sustainability issues and have been used for policy-relevant sustainability assessments. The review covers biophysical models, socio-economic models as well as integrated approaches. It is discussed at which stages of the Integrated Sustainability Assessment (ISA) cycle models can play an important ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • What roles are there for sustainability assessment in the policy process?

    This paper reviews some of the attempts that have been made in the EU to include sustainability concerns in ex ante policy assessment processes and explores why these are generally deemed to be ineffective. It argues that the dominant policy frames are not oriented towards sustainable development. Traditional policy assessment procedures, which are designed and used to screen policy proposals, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Some reflections on the conditions for favouring Integrated Sustainability Assessments

    Integrated Sustainability Assessment (ISA) should be both transformational and humble. This paper examines the political and institutional conditions that will be required to create an appropriate policy analysis framework that will embrace ISA. This will mean better connections between agencies that deliver and departments that ponder and finance. Such a combination will not be easy as there is ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Making the case for sustainable strategic management: an assessment of FedEx

    In the last two decades, the field of strategic management has seen a rise in the concept of sustainability. This paper reviews and links the strategic management literature to the issue of sustainability. One firm, FedEx, a global supply chain, logistics organisation, is highlighted as an example of a business that has weathered many storms to remain a vital, sustainable competitor in a fast ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The role of social capital in sustainable development assessment frameworks

    This paper explores the role of social capital in frameworks for assessing sustainable development. This paper is arranged in three sections. The first argues that many aspects of social capacity qualify as 'capital', as they: represent durable assets providing a stream of benefits, and are subject to feasible social governance. The second reviews existing sustainable development measurement ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The development of an integrated model for assessing sustainability of complex systems

    Currently, there are numerous indicators (single and composite) for measuring impacts in the three pillars, though current thinking emphasises the need for system thinking rather than the reductionist concept of pillars. Most existing indices/methods measure single aspects of sustainability and the more integrated indicators are aimed at national or global level assessments. A review of existing ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Life Cycle Assessment, Databases and Sustainable Building

    Untitled Document We are experiencing a fundamental change that affects how products are developed and, more importantly, how they are ...

  • Assessment of the ecological sustainability of pyrometallurgical copper extraction

    The present investigation is an attempt at assessing the ecological sustainability of one of the most popular technologies for pyrometallurgical copper production, namely Outokumpu's flash smelting method. The real operating installation in Umicore-Pirdop, Bulgaria has served as a model flowchart. The assessment has been made using the exergy method of thermodynamic analysis. The exergy of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Integrated assessment of sustainable development: multiple perspectives in interaction

    Integrated assessment (IA) is a maturing research approach aiming at providing decision support on complex environment-related problems. Although interdisciplinary research is a pre-condition for IA, in order to reach the goals that IA has set it is necessary to go beyond interdisciplinary research efforts alone. There are two major reasons for this: the nature of democratic decision-making, and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Environmental sustainability assessments: towards a new framework

    Definitions of the environmental dimension of sustainable development are usually general and the variety of impacts rarely considered. A correct representation of the full range of effects is necessary for an accurate and transparent environmental sustainability assessment. Environmental impacts and their characteristics are described through the concept of causal chains between a source and a ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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