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 ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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 ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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 ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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 ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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 ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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 ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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 ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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 ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The sustainability gap: a practical indicator of sustainability in the framework of the national accounts

    The concept of sustainable development needs to be based on a clear definition of sustainability and how it is to be measured. This paper defines environmental sustainability as the maintenance of important environmental functions, and identifies seven sustainability principles that relate this requirement to current environmental issues. From these principles, the paper derives physical ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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 ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Sustainability Related Indices - Measuring the Supplier’s Performance

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  • Why sustainability indices give contradicting results

    The goal of this article is to investigate why different sustainable development indices provide contradicting judgments on sustainability. The research focuses on eight sustainability indices (ecological footprint, environmental sustainability index, environmental space, index of sustainable economic welfare, genuine progress indicator, human development index, genuine savings and ...

  • A sustainable development indicator for NGOs and international organisations

    The article offers an easy-to-use indicator for measuring whether NGOs, international organisations and government policies and projects meet the criteria for sustainable development that have been established by the Rio Declaration in 1992 and that are recognised by experts in the field. Use of this indicator reveals that most of the major actors in the field of development are actually failing ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • On income, sustainability and the 'microfoundations' of the Genuine Progress Indicator

    This paper contains a critical assessment of the use of the Fisherian income concept to underpin the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) and related measures. Comparisons in the recent GPI literature between Hicksian and Fisherian concepts of income are shown to be based on a modern misreading of Hicks (as presenting a production-based measure rather than a consumption-based one), and on a ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Indicators and options towards sustainability in industrial areas

    The industrial sector is traditionally considered as responsible for negative environmental impacts. Nowadays, sustainable strategies approach both in industrial areas and in individual small–and–medium sized enterprises plays a key role in regional economies, providing and fostering capacity, innovation and competitiveness in various fields, including energy, construction and environmental ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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 ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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 ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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 ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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