Assessing Progress Towards Sustainability: Frameworks, Tools and Case Studies

Editat de Carmen Teodosiu, Silvia Fiore, Almudena Hospido
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en Limba Engleză Paperback – 21 Apr 2022
Assessing Progress toward Sustainability: Frameworks, Tools, and Case Studies provides practical frameworks for measuring progress toward sustainability in various areas of production, consumption, services and urban development as they relate to environmental impact. A variety of policies/strategies or frameworks are available at national and international levels. This book presents an integrated approach to sustainability progress measurement by considering both the frameworks and methodological developments of various tools, as well as their implementation in assessing the sustainability of processes, products and services through a global perspective.
Combining methods and their application, the book covers a variety of topics, including lifecycle assessment, risk assessment, nexus thinking, and connection to SDGs. Organized clearly into three main sections --Frameworks, Tools, and Case Studies--this book can serve as a practical resource for researchers and practitioners alike in environmental science, sustainability, environmental management and environmental engineering.

  • Offers an integrated approach to sustainability assessment using the most up-to-date frameworks and tools
  • Includes extensive, diverse case studies to illustrate the methods and process for using the frameworks and tools outlined
  • Provides practical insights related to challenges and opportunities to reduce environmental impacts and increase resources and energy efficiency
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ISBN-13: 9780323858519
ISBN-10: 0323858511
Pagini: 470
Dimensiuni: 191 x 235 mm
Greutate: 0.8 kg


1. An integrated approach to assess the sustainability progress
SECTION 1. Frameworks for assessing sustainability 2. Sustainable development and its goals 3. Sustainability and the circular economy 4. The Food-Energy-Water Nexus Approach 5. The European Green Deal in the Global Sustainability Context
SECTION 2. Assessment tools for sustainability- methodological issues 6. Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment-based Tools 7. Footprint Tools 8.  The combined use of Life Cycle Assessment and Data Envelopment Analysis to analyze the environmental efficiency of multi-unit systems 9. Territorial LCA 10. Environmental Impact and Risk Assessment 11.  Multi-Criteria Decision Making
SECTION 3. Case studies for sustainability assessments 12. Life cycle assessment for eco-design in product development 13. Life Cycle Assessment for the design of a pilot Recovery Plant in the European context 14. LCA and food and personal care products sustainability: Case studies of Thai Riceberry rice products 15. Environmental and economic sustainability of cocoa production in West Sub-Saharan Africa 16. LCA/Sustainability assessment for urban water systems 17. Environmental sustainability in energy production systems 18. Sustainability assessment of biotechnological processes: LCA and LCC of second-generation biobutanol production 19. Footprint assessment of municipal solid waste management systems 20. How can we validate the environmental profile of bioplastics? Towards the introduction of Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) in the value-chains. 21. Conclusions