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Sustainability Assessment

Sustainability Assessment Book
Author : Robert B. Gibson,Selma Hassan
Publisher : Earthscan
Release : 2005
ISBN : 1844070514
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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A practical guide on how to carry out strategic environmental assessment (SEA). The book presents a "how-to-do-it" approach for the practitioner, and takes account of the requirements of the EC Directive 2001/42/EC - widely known as the SEA Directive. The

Sustainability Assessment

Sustainability Assessment Book
Author : Bob Gibson,Selma Hassan,James Tansey
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2013-06-17
ISBN : 1136556087
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Sustainability assessment is now emerging as a more transparent, comprehensive, integrated and far-sighted approach to decision making. Its basic demand is that all significant undertakings must make a positive contribution to sustainability. To apply this test, decision makers need criteria based on the core requirements of sustainability and the particularities of the context. As well, they need appropriately designed public processes; guidance on the weighing of alternatives, trade-offs and compromises; a supportive policy framework; suitable tools and inspiring examples. Drawing from transdisciplinary theory and practical case experience, the book addresses these matters and many of the surrounding controversies. While sustainability assessment must always be adjusted to particular circumstances, the generic approach set out in this book is applicable virtually anywhere.

Sustainability Assessment

Sustainability Assessment Book
Author : Cesar A. Poveda
Publisher : Emerald Group Publishing
Release : 2017-10-23
ISBN : 1787435369
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book makes the case for the development and implementation of environmental and sustainability rating systems (ESRSs) in new industry contexts, including energy, heavy and light industries, manufacturing, transportation, mining, and oil and gas.

Sustainability Assessment of Renewables Based Products

Sustainability Assessment of Renewables Based Products Book
Author : Jo Dewulf,Steven De Meester,Rodrigo Alvarenga
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
Release : 2015-12-30
ISBN : 111893394X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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An extensive update and sequel to the successful title Renewables-Based Technology: Sustainability Assessment. Over the past decade, the field of renewable resources has grown tremendously and sustainability assessment methods have undergone significant changes and improvements. This book brings together the wide range of sustainability assessment methods in current use, together with case studies to demonstrate their applications. The book is divided into four sections as follows: Part 1 - Introduction: Discusses the growing role of renewables as resources and their applications, together with an introduction to the principles of sustainability assessment Part 2 - Assessment Methods: Presents a wide variety of sustainability assessment methods and tools that are currently used. This includes land, water-and material use analysis, energy and exergy use, carbon footprints, life cycle analysis, ecological footprints, life cycle costing, social sustainability analysis, Prosuite methodology and Seebalance (the SocioEcoEfficiency Analysis developed by BASF. Part 3 - Case Studies: Provides context buy demonstrating the application of these methods within the major industries benefiting from renewables. The case studies apply sustainability assessment methods to the production of renewable energy (wind energy, solar energy and biofuels), bio-based chemicals and bio-based materials. Part 4 - Conclusions

Handbook of Sustainability Assessment

Handbook of Sustainability Assessment Book
Author : Angus Morrison-Saunders,Jenny Pope,Alan Bond
Publisher : Edward Elgar Publishing
Release : 2015-09-25
ISBN : 1783471379
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The Handbook of Sustainability Assessment introduces the theory and practice of sustainability assessment and showcases the state-of-the-art research. The aim is to provide inspiration and guidance to students, academics and practitioners alike and to contribute to the enhancement of sustainability assessment practice worldwide. It emphasises how traditional impact assessment practices can be enhanced to contribute to sustainable outcomes. Featuring original contributions from leading sustainability assessment researchers and practitioners, it forms part of the Research Handbooks on Impact Assessment series.

Resource Accounting for Sustainability Assessment

Resource Accounting for Sustainability Assessment Book
Author : Mario Giampietro,Richard J. Aspinall,Jesus Ramos-Martin,Sandra G. F. Bukkens
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2014-05-30
ISBN : 1317962087
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The demands placed on land, water, energy and other natural resources are exacerbated as the world population continues to increase together with the expectations of economic growth. This, combined with concerns over environmental change, presents a set of scientific, policy and management issues that are critical for sustainability. Resource Accounting for Sustainability Assessment: The nexus between energy, food, water and land use offers an approach for multi-scale, integrated assessment of this nexus. It presents a comprehensive and original method of resource accounting for integrated sustainability assessments. The approach is illustrated with three detailed case studies: the islands of Mauritius, the Indian state of Punjab, and the energy economy of South Africa. The relationships between flows of goods, services and materials in these case studies offer valuable insights. The book provides a much needed quality control on the information used in deliberative processes about policy and planning activities. This innovative book will be of interest to researchers, students and practitioners in the fields of sustainability science, international development, industrial ecology, sustainable resource management, geography and ecological economics.

Sustainability Assessment

Sustainability Assessment Book
Author : Alan James Bond,Angus Morrison-Saunders,Richard Howitt
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2012
ISBN : 0415598486
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Sustainability Assessment is an increasingly important tool for informing planning and development decisions across the globe. Required by law in some countries, strongly recommended in others, a comprehensive analysis of why Sustainability Assessment is needed and clarification of the value-laden and political nature of assessments is long overdue. Currently the writing on the subject is limited and comprises, for the most part, guidance documents and completed assessments. This book overcomes these shortcomings by simultaneously providing the knowledge, inspiration and range of assessment tools in decision-making students require to tackle Sustainability Assessment challenges nested within wide-ranging values and sustainability-grounded evidence. The collection details the current state-of-the art in relation to Sustainability Assessment theory and practice, and considers the pluralistic nature of the tool and the implications for achieving sustainable decision-making. The contributors set out the context for Sustainability Assessment and then outline some contested issues which can affect interpretations of whether the decision tool has been effective. Current practice worldwide is assessed against a consistent framework and then solutions to some of the inherent weaknesses and causes of conflict in relation to the perceived sustainability of outcomes are put forward. The book is unique in setting out state-of-the-art in terms of Sustainability Assessment practice by focusing on those countries with developing experience. It also covers emerging factors influencing effectiveness of decision-making tools and evaluates how they affect the performance of Sustainability Assessment. Written by authors among the leading university academics teaching impact assessment courses in the most acclaimed universities worldwide operating in this field, it is ideally suited for the growing numbers of courses in impact assessment education and training.

Sustainability Assessment and Reporting

Sustainability Assessment and Reporting Book
Author : Soner Gokten,Pinar Okan Gokten
Publisher : BoD – Books on Demand
Release : 2018-09-19
ISBN : 178923736X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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We are more aware of the need to achieve sustainable development than ever before. One of the main factors to achieve the goal of sustainable development is sustainability assessment and reporting because it is not possible to take precautions without understanding the current situation. And also, undoubtedly, future generations have a right to know what kind of world we will leave them. This book brings together different perspectives on sustainability assessment and reporting. When you look at the chapters, you will understand that sustainability assessment and reporting are addressing interdisciplinary and vast areas. It should be because sustainability assessment and reporting cover all aspects of social, economic and environmental factors. In this five-chapter book, you will see how sustainability assessment and reporting are addressed in different areas.

Sustainability Assessment

Sustainability Assessment Book
Author : Mohammad Ali
Publisher : Academic Press
Release : 2012-11-05
ISBN : 0124072445
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Sustainability Assessment is a comprehensive compilation of all the known policy factors related to sustainability. This book outlines all of the elements and considerations of community aspects of policy evaluation in an effort to reduce the future consequences on resources and environmental sustainability. The basic assumption behind it is that sustainability, though oriented to resources and meeting demands, starts from formulation of policy. Policies are so interrelated that all policies have some roles to play toward sustainability. Helps policymakers integrate the objectives of sustainability into policy actions in a given socio-political environment and plan a strategy for policy implementation Includes some policy factors that have not been discussed in other texts

Sustainability Assessment Tools in Higher Education Institutions

Sustainability Assessment Tools in Higher Education Institutions Book
Author : Sandra Caeiro,Walter Leal Filho,Charbel Jabbour,Ulisses M. Azeiteiro
Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Release : 2013-11-19
ISBN : 3319023756
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book contributes to debates on current sustainability practices, with a focus on assessment tools as applied in higher education institutions. These institutions are challenged to carry out management, research, and teaching, and to create settings that allow developing new competencies to address the complex global environmental, social, cultural, and economic pressures with which current and future generations are confronted. The first chapters discuss issues of sustainability in higher education, namely the role of universities in promoting sustainability and the emergent fields of sustainability science and education for sustainable development and how to integrate and motivate sustainability into the university. Subsequent chapters present examples of sustainability assessment tools specifically developed for higher education institutions, such as the AISHE – Auditing Instrument for Sustainability in Higher Education, the GASU – Graphical Assessment of Sustainability in Universities too, the STAUNCH – Sustainability tool for Auditing Universities Curricula in Higher Education. The use of other integrated tools are also presented. The papers have adopted a pragmatic approach, characterized by conceptual descriptions, including sustainability assessment and reorienting the curricula, on the one hand, and practical experiences on the other, with good practices from different edges of the world. Sustainability Assessment Tools in Higher Education Institutions will be of interest to graduate student, lecturers, researchers, and those setting university policy.

How Green is the City

How Green is the City  Book
Author : Dimitri Devuyst,Luc Hens,Walter De Lannoy,W. de Lannoy
Publisher : Columbia University Press
Release : 2001
ISBN : 0231118031
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book deals with practical ways to reach a more sustainable state in urban areas through such tools as strategic environmental assessment, sustainability assessment, direction analysis, baseline setting and progress measurement, sustainability targets, and ecological footprint analysis.

Sustainability Assessment

Sustainability Assessment Book
Author : Robert Gibson
Publisher : Taylor & Francis
Release : 2016-08-12
ISBN : 1317622936
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Current and expanding human activities are moving us towards ever deeper unsustainability. While there is no single, simple means of reversing the invidious biophysical trends and redirecting the distribution of benefits, one necessary step is to approach every new and renewed undertaking as an opportunity to deliver maximum multiple, mutually reinforcing, fairly distributed and lasting gains. Finding the best options for enhancing such gains by comparing alternatives, addressing all the key requirements for progress towards sustainability and avoiding significant adverse effects, is the essential purpose of sustainability assessment. This book addresses the theory and practice of sustainability assessment applications, drawing from experiences globally in a variety of sectors and presenting lessons learned. Diverse international case studies from professionals and academics demonstrate progress so far in exploring openings, testing approaches to application and establishing best practice. The book illustrates means of specifying generic sustainability criteria for the context of particular applications, reports on the resulting insights, and examines the barriers and opportunities for further advances. This book is an important resource for students, academics and professionals in the areas of Governance, Environmental Assessment, Planning and Policy Making, Corporate Social Responsibility and Applied Sustainability.

UC Berkeley Campus Sustainability Assessment 2005

UC Berkeley Campus Sustainability Assessment 2005 Book
Author : Anonim
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2005
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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To address sustainability challenges, the report describes nine systems (Energy; Water; Built Environment; Transportation; Purchasing & Waste; Land Use; Food; Health & Wellbeing; Academics & Culture) according to 32 indicators of sustainability.

Sustainable Assessment Method for Energy Systems

Sustainable Assessment Method for Energy Systems Book
Author : N. Afgan,Maria da Graca Carvalho
Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Release : 2000-08-31
ISBN : 9780792378761
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Sustainable Assessment Method for Energy Systems provides the reader with a new method for energy system evaluation. It is widely recognized that future energy strategies will have to deal with energy as a complex issue that incorporates environmental, economic, social, cultural, educational, and material resource attributes. Sustainable Assessment Method for Energy Systems offers a new methodology based on multi-criteria indicators for the evaluation of energy as a system.

Energy Systems Evaluation Volume 1

Energy Systems Evaluation  Volume 1  Book
Author : Jingzheng Ren
Publisher : Springer
Release : 2021-07-14
ISBN : 9783030675288
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book presents various methods for sustainability assessment of energy systems, under various different conditions and scenarios. It answers the questions of how to measure the sustainability of energy systems by adopting appropriate metrics and methods. This book provides readers with a comprehensive view of the frontiers of sustainability assessment methods for energy system analysis. It presents various methodologies, allowing readers to understand: the complete metrics for sustainability assessment; life cycle thinking for sustainability assessment of energy systems; and the advanced sustainability assessment methods for energy systems. This book is of interest to researchers, engineers, decision makers, and postgraduate students within the field of energy systems, sustainability, and decision analysis.

Sustainability Assessment

Sustainability Assessment Book
Author : Ernest Anye Fongwa
Publisher : Sudwestdeutscher Verlag Fur Hochschulschriften AG
Release : 2012-04
ISBN : 9783838132426
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book is a joint work with colleagues providing studies of sustainability assessment from research project results within Europe and around the world that can be use for guiding strategies, policies, programmes and projects towards sustaianability. It ranges from innovative tools and methods for sustainability assessment, sustaianability assessment from practices with cases from many regions around the world to emerging current socio- cultural issues that are threats to sustainale development. Contributing are coming from West and East Europe, Africa, Asia, Middle East and Latin America with interesting results. Therefore this book offers in current times joint studies of sustaianability Assessment in many regions in the world, which can be essential for development cooperation to foster sustaianability in activities taking place around the world that are threats to sustaianable development. The book can be very important to decision makers, researchers, local and international organisations, students, government agencies and community members as well.

Biofuels for a More Sustainable Future

Biofuels for a More Sustainable Future Book
Author : Jingzheng Ren,Antonio Scipioni,Alessandro Manzardo,Hanwei Liang
Publisher : Elsevier
Release : 2019-08-20
ISBN : 0128155825
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Biofuels for a More Sustainable Future: Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment and Multi-criteria Decision Making provides a comprehensive sustainability analysis of biofuels based on life cycle thinking and develops various multi-dimensional decision-making techniques for prioritizing biofuel production technologies. Taking a transversal approach, the book combines life cycle sustainability assessment, life cycle assessment, life cycle costing analysis, social life cycle assessment, sustainability metrics, triple bottom line, operations research methods, and supply chain design for investigating the critical factors and key enablers that influence the sustainable development of biofuel industry. This book will equip researchers and policymakers in the energy sector with the scientific methodology and metrics needed to develop strategies for viable sustainability transition. It will be a key resource for students, researchers and practitioners seeking to deepen their knowledge on energy planning and current and future trends of biofuel as an alternative fuel. Provides an innovative approach to promoting sustainable development in biofuel production by linking supply chain design and decision support with the life cycle perspective Features case studies and examples that illustrate the theory and methods developed Includes material on corporate social responsibility and economic analysis of biofuels that is highly useful to policy-makers and administrators in both government and enterprise sectors

Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment for Decision Making

Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment for Decision Making Book
Author : Jingzheng Ren,Sara Toniolo
Publisher : Elsevier
Release : 2019-12-04
ISBN : 9780128183557
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment for Decision-Making: Methodologies and Case Studies gives readers a comprehensive introduction to life cycle sustainability assessment (LCSA) methodology for sustainability measurement of industrial systems, proposing an efficiency methodology for stakeholders and decision-makers. Featuring the latest methods and case studies, the book will assist researchers in environmental sciences and energy to develop the best methods for LCA, as well as aiding those practitioners who are responsible for making decisions for promoting sustainable development. The past, current status and future of LCSA, Life Cycle Assessment method (LCA), Life Cycle Costing (LCC), Social Life Cycle Assessment (SLCA), the methodology of LCSA, typical LCSA case studies, limitations of LCSA, and life cycle aggregated sustainability index methods are all covered in this multidisciplinary book. Includes models for assessing sustainability in environmental, energy engineering and economic scenarios Features case studies that help define the advantages and obstacles of real world applications Presents a complete view, from theory to practice, of a life cycle approach by exploring the methods and tools of sustainability assessment, analysis and design of sustainability assessment

Sustainability Assessment Framework for the Residential Construction Sector in the UK

Sustainability Assessment Framework for the Residential Construction Sector in the UK  Book
Author : Rosa Marisa Cuellar Franca
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2013
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The residential construction sector in the UK plays an important role in society's wellbeing as it provides shelter, employment and promotes economic growth. However, the sector has been identified as a large contributor to climate change, resource depletion and is associated with different socio-economic issues such as fuel poverty and house affordability. The residential construction sector is growing quickly due to a high housing demand, as will the associated impacts unless significant changes are made. Several studies have assessed the environmental impacts of the residential construction sector, while the social and economic aspects of sustainability are often ignored but are equally important for sustainable development. This thesis presents a sustainability assessment framework capable of addressing the environmental, economic and social issues of the residential construction sector supply chain, using a life cycle approach in order to contribute toward an improved understanding of the current and future trends in the sector. The methodology developed has been applied to the residential construction sector in the UK and demonstrated through three case studies of conventional, passive and zero-carbon houses as well as a sustainability assessment at the sectoral level. The main stakeholders identified here are construction companies and workforce, home owners and occupiers, suppliers, local authorities and the government. The main sustainability issues are resource depletion, waste generation, environmental impacts such as global warming (GWP), ozone depletion, house price and affordability, contribution to GDP, provision of employment, health and safety, impact on local communities and business ethics. The assessment tools used to assess the environmental and economic sustainability are Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Life Cycle Costing (LCC), respectively. Social sustainability has been assessed using different social sustainability indicators applicable to the residential construction sector. LCA results indicate that zero-carbon houses have the lowest GWP of the three house types considered, being 71% lower than for the conventional house, compared to a 59% reduction for passive houses. However, passive houses have a better overall environmental performance as they have the lowest impacts for most environmental impact categories. LCC results, on the other hand, indicate that the total life cycle costs for zero-carbon houses are 21% higher than for conventional houses because of the additional cost of renewable technologies, while for passive houses costs are comparable to conventional houses. At a sectoral level, zero-carbon houses can achieve reductions of 13% of the sector's annual GWP compared to conventional houses, however this will cost the residential construction sector an additional £3 billion per year. The construction of passive houses will cost an additional £1 billion per year compared to conventional houses but can help by reducing the sector's annual GWP by 10%.This study shows that the current state of the housing sector is environmentally unsustainable and urgent changes must be made in the way houses are constructed and managed. However, the residential construction sector must overcome many socio-economic barriers before introducing low-carbon houses on a large scale.