sustainability indicator Articles

  • Indicators for sustainable development in forestry

    Long-term preservation of forest ecosystems and resources is a major stake for sustainable development. An accurate assessment of these ecosystems and resources is necessary for defining, implementing and monitoring sustainable forestry management policies. The question of designing forestry indicators is situated in this context. This paper does not aim to give a thorough description of the ...


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  • A survey of national sustainable development indicators

    We surveyed sustainable development indicators (SDIs) adopted by 28 national governments, regions, and international organisations and compiled them into a database. The aims of this study were to understand the elements of sustainable development (SD), examine SDIs developed in certain fields and countries, and determine future tasks to improve SDI development. A total of 1,790 indicators were ...


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  • Measuring uncertainties in composite indicators of sustainability

    Composite indicators are very common in economic and business statistics for benchmarking the relative progress of countries in a variety of policy domains such as industrial competitiveness, sustainable development, globalisation and innovation. This article provides an analysis of the key uncertainties underlying the mathematical modelling used to construct composite indicators within the ...


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  • Evolution of sustainable water resources indicators

    ABSTRACTThe Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable (SWRR) is one of several natural resource roundtables with government, corporate, and NGO participation. SWRR has been a subgroup of the Advisory Committee on Water Information (ACWI) since 2001, and operates under authority of OMB M-92-01 and the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the Roundtable is to provide an open forum for ...

  • Sustainability indicators: is there consensus among stakeholders?

    Measuring regional sustainability must include local approaches, as sustainability will be determined by what the community values and the relative importance of these values will depend on community expectations, which vary. One of the biggest challenges for introducing strategies for sustainability is that multiple stakeholders are involved and they have differing objectives. This paper reports ...


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  • Towards an integrated sustainability indicator framework

    Suites of sustainability indicators are increasingly used by governments and the private sector to measure 'sustainability'. These suites typically include data on issues like unemployment, business investment, poverty, pollution and health status, which have been collected by diverse agencies using different methodologies. The original purpose of the indicators has not been the measurement of ...


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  • Sustainable Economy Indices and their application to Austria

    This paper presents the sustainability evaluation of the Austrian economy using the Sustainable Economy Indices (SEI) and the respective accounting system designed for it. In the first part of the paper, the backgrounds and the theoretical basis for the measuring system are outlined. Differences from existing methods of sustainability measurement and accounting are analysed. The second part of ...


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  • Indicators for environmentally sustainable household consumption

    The objective of this paper is to identify those areas of consumption in which private households can make significant contributions to environmental sustainability, and to present a transparent and comprehensive set of indicators for them. The analysis of the environmental impacts of households focuses on consumption clusters that allow different life spheres of private households to be ...


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  • 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 ...


  • Economic sustainability of the economy: concepts and indicators

    Every society can be described as comprising four dimensions, the economic, social, environmental and institutional. Each of them is a complex, dynamic, self-organising and evolving entity in its own right, making the coupled system one of tremendous complexity. For this system to be sustainable, each of the four subsystems has to maintain its capability to survive and evolve, while the ...


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  • The development of indicators and core indicators for sustainable development: a state of the art review

    Experience with the establishment of indicators for sustainable development shows that it is scientifically feasible, most useful for communication with the public and a necessary navigation instrument to establish measures pertaining to the sustainability process objective. Usually, long lists of indicators were established to describe the complexity of sustainable development. More recently, ...


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  • Political uses of social indicators: overview and application to sustainable development indicators

    Social indicators and sustainable development are usually defined as quantitative tools whose utility lies exclusively in the operationalisation of policies defined as rationally organised collections of instrumental measures and actions designed to solve a well-defined social problem. As there are few examples of such success stories with sustainable development indicators, it is often lamented ...


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  • Integrating sustainable development indicators with existing business infrastructure

    This paper presents a model for the integration of Sustainable Development Indicators (SDIs) with existing business infrastructure at a major Canadian electric utility. The model was developed based on extensive consultations with 16 internal experts at the utility and ten external experts in sustainable development. It considers the integration of the indicators at the case company's ...


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  • Total responsibility management indicators and sustainable development

    This paper researches the relationship and potential synergies between the quality management and corporate social responsibility (CSR) where emerging systems from the total quality management (TQM) systems to the total responsibility management (TRM) have been compared. The evolution of TRM in companies includes three main components/approaches: inspiration/vision, integration and ...


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  • The sustainable development concept and indicators: an introductory essay

    While there has been considerable talk about how to achieve sustainable development (SD), there has been much less discussion about whether nations have been successful in moving towards the SD goal. This is due, in part, to the haste with which many SD indicators have been devised and the lack of a commitment on the part of the proponents of SD indicators to determine their worthiness, in ...


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  • Study of indicators of urban environmentally sustainable development in China

    The first part of the paper briefly reviews the study of the indicators of sustainable development, including the significance of the study, its recent progress, and common problems, and introduces the concept of genuine saving. The second part analyses the theoretical background and calculation method of genuine saving, and proposes a framework for the study of indicators in China. The third ...


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  • A normative-functional concept of sustainability and its indicators

    Often concepts of sustainability have been criticised for being theoretically ill-founded and lacking practical impact. This paper provides a new theoretical foundation of sustainable development, which is based on a coherent set of three normative and functional categories: systems integrity, justice and quality of life. From these three categories indicators for sustainability are deduced that ...


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  • Adaptative methodology of sustainability indicators management by ontology

    The growth of many sectors in modern society has increased the degradation of the environment. Consequently, it generates great ecological unbalance, enhancing the importance of sustainable development, since it stimulates productivity, job and income creation, while reduces the rates of deforestation, erosion and water and soil pollution. In this context, sustainability indicators can be useful ...


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  • Effects of environmental measures on the sustainability indicators health and quality

    An entrepreneur that just strives for maximizing profit risks loosing his social “licence to produce”. Companies do not only have a responsibility towards their shareholders, but also towards their employees and the environment. The concern for social and environmental neffects should become part of the company’s core business. In this way, corporate social responsibility consists of three ...


  • Comparison of sustainability indices applied to the electrical sector in Brazil

    This article draws a research on the combination of indicators of efficiency in the management of sustainability by enterprises. The concept of sustainability and the identification of the dimensions of this concept are also object of examination. Analyses performed employing two different tools, data envelopment analysis (DEA) and composition of probabilistic preferences (CPP), are compared. The ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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