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Dimensions of Sustainability Appraisal

Introduction
  • Marina G. ErechtchoukovaEmail author
  • Peter A. Khaiter
Chapter
Part of the EcoProduction book series (ECOPROD)

Abstract

Quantitative assessment of sustainability becomes an important issue for selecting technological and managerial alternatives in all areas of human activities including industry and policy making. The main frameworks for sustainability appraisal and their evolution are briefly described in the chapter. These frameworks govern the development of sustainability indicators with various levels of granularity. Sustainability assessment is conducted as a comparison and analysis of values of current and future welfare outcomes, which make the application of models and mathematical tools unavoidable and explain the necessity to use quantitative indicators of sustainability. The chapter presents an overview of the book.

Keywords

Sustainability indicators Environmental performance evaluation Eco-efficiency 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Information Technology, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional StudiesYork UniversityTorontoCanada

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