sustainability assessment Articles

  • Corporate sustainability: A guide to measuring and improving energy efficiencies

    As environmental scrutiny of global industries continues to grow, governments are seeking to impose energy efficiency targets on companies in order to comply with new directives. One solution is to encourage energy suppliers to become energy service companies, who work with customers to identify potential savings and share the benefits this delivers. For the global food processing industry, this ...


    By TOMRA Sorting GmbH.

  • Optimizing Wind and Solar Power in Africa

    Editor's Note: The following is a news release authored by Julie Chao and issued by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on April 5, 2017 To meet skyrocketing demand for electricity, African countries may have to triple their energy output by 2030. While hydropower and fossil fuel power plants are favored approaches in some quarters, a new assessment by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • 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 ...


  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Integrated sustainability assessment: what is it, why do it and how?

    This paper describes a new conceptualisation of sustainability assessment as an integrative and active process at the science-policy-society interface and its implementation as exemplified in case studies within the Methods and Tools for Integrated Sustainability Assessment (MATISSE) project. Integrated Sustainability Assessment (ISA) is defined within the MATISSE project as a cyclical, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Sustainability assessment of PW6000 turbofan engine: an exergetic approach

    In this paper, theory, methodology and example application are developed and shown for a PW6000 high–bypass turbofan engine in terms of exergo–sustainable perspective. To obtain exergetic sustainability indicators, first, detailed exergy analysis is performed for the engine. The investigated exergetic sustainability indicators are exergy efficiency, waste exergy ratio, exergy destruction factor, ...


    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

  • Institutional sustainability

    In the context of the conceptual and analytical discussion of operationalising sustainable development, institutional sustainability has so far not played a major role. The UN Commission for Sustainable Development decided in 1995 to develop indicators for assessing the progress which UN members had made with the implementation of Agenda 21. However, these indicators did not reflect the broader ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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