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Development of a framework for practical evaluation tools for urban sustainability

This part of the project will develop a set of tools or methodologies than can be applied both to sector specific and holistic projects based on the results and outcomes of WP 2 (Review of existing tools) and WP3 (Selection of case studies.

The framework's aim is to integrate across economic, environmental and social factors and at providing knowledge about performance criteria, related to benchmark data. This will aim to fill the gap between theory and practice.

Many tools have been identified, and more than 20 frameworks mainly developed with European funds. It has been found through discussions that these are not being used by local authorities or other organisations involved in urban infrastructure. PETUS will therefore help to disseminate the investment in research to European citizens at the local level.

By providing methodological tangible help to promote sustainable development will have an economic relevance in itself as sustainable development includes economic concerns. The development of PETUS, via the development of the framework of tools, intends to bring positive issues of sustainable development to the local level, which has been found to be fairly ad hoc to date.

These frameworks will provide methodological assistance towards more sustainable urban infrastructures particularly through increasing the understanding of what sustainability incorporates. This step towards sustainability implies better resource management. The economic outcomes will be the most substantial at both local and at regional levels. That should lead to tangible consequences for European citizen.

Furthermore, the development of tools should promote use, which means some impacts on financial and human resources management.

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