2. Measuring Sustainable Development: An Overview

  1. Adisa Azapagic and
  2. Slobodan Perdan
  1. Slobodan Perdan and
  2. Adisa Azapagic

Published Online: 15 DEC 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470972847.ch2

Sustainable Development in Practice: Case Studies for Engineers and Scientists, Second Edition

Sustainable Development in Practice: Case Studies for Engineers and Scientists, Second Edition

How to Cite

Perdan, S. and Azapagic, A. (2010) Measuring Sustainable Development: An Overview, in Sustainable Development in Practice: Case Studies for Engineers and Scientists, Second Edition (eds A. Azapagic and S. Perdan), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470972847.ch2

Editor Information

  1. School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, The University of Manchester, UK

Author Information

  1. School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, The University of Manchester, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 DEC 2010
  2. Published Print: 15 DEC 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470718711

Online ISBN: 9780470972847

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Keywords:

  • measuring sustainable development - an overview;
  • prominent initiatives, to measure sustainability at international, national, local and corporate levels;
  • UK Government, stating that ‘sustainability - future sustainable development, guiding our choices to get us there and creating a place we want to live in’;
  • gross domestic product (GDP) - appropriate indicator of progress, widely used by policy makers;
  • understanding what sustainable development - means in operational terms;
  • using GDP as indicator of overall well-being - leading to perverse results;
  • ecological footprint, the most prominent of these new sustainability indices;
  • Brundtland commission, widely accepted definition of sustainable development;
  • national-level indicators;
  • BASF's Socio-Eco-Efficiency Tool (SEEBalance) BASF - one of the world's largest chemical companies

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Measuring Sustainability at International Level

  • National-Level Indicators

  • Local-Level Indicators

  • Measuring Corporate Sustainability

  • Conclusions

  • References and Further Reading