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Operational indicators for progress towards sustainability

Objective

To monitor the environmental disturbance associated with the production and consumption of goods and services.

A case-study approach is employed, set at the various industry, product and regional levels using a methodology based upon a set of mainly physical and energy indicators, such as the land used, the material and the energy consumed by the activity/ies.

The research comprises the following:

i) Industrial processes and transportation - an input-output balance is made for approx. 50 industrial processes, including transport by rail, road, sea and air;

ii) Product/service oriented case-studies - a cradle to grave input-output-balance is made for approx. 50 selected products and services including the following, a food-product, cement and steel;

iii) Regional case-studies - an input-output-balance is provided for the economic activities in three regions, one in Germany and two in Austria.

A comparison of the results from the various case studies leads to the development of a common set of environmental disturbance indicators and an associated methodology to be used in different types of case-study.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

Instituut voor Toegepaste Milieu - Economie
Address
24,Grote Marktstraat
2511 BJ 'S-gravenhage
Netherlands

Participants (3)

EUROPEAN INSTITUTE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
France
Address
Boulevard De Constance
77305 Fontainebleau
GRAZ UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Austria
Address
25,Inffeldgasse 25
8010 Graz
WUPPERTAL INSTITUTE FOR CLIMATE, ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY
Germany
Address
Doeppersberg 19
42004 Wuppertal