Modelling Sustainable Development

Modelling Sustainable Development

Transitions to a Sustainable Future

The Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei series on Economics, the Environment and Sustainable Development

Edited by Valentina Bosetti, Reyer Gerlagh and Stefan P. Schleicher

This insightful book explores the issue of sustainable development in its more operative and applied sense. Although a great deal of research has addressed potential interpretations and definitions of sustainable development, much of this work is too abstract to offer policy-makers and researchers the feasible and effective guidelines they require. This book redresses the balance.

Chapter 4: Implementing the EU Sustainability Indicators

Christoph Böhringer and Andreas Löschel

Subjects: economics and finance, environmental economics, environment, environmental economics


1 Christoph Böhringer and Andreas Löschel 4.1 INTRODUCTION In 1987, the report of the World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED or Brundtland Commission) defined sustainable development (hereafter: SD) as: development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. (WCED, 1987) In June 1992, the Rio Earth Summit concluded that: the right to development must be fulfilled so as to equitably meet developmental and environmental needs of present and future generations. (UNCED, 1992a, Principle 3) SD has meanwhile become one of the most prominent catchwords on the world’s policy agenda. Nearly all governments and multinational firms have committed themselves to the overall concept of SD. The ubiquity of SD as a yardstick for human activities is reflected in the growing importance of Sustainability Impact Assessment (hereafter: SIA) of governmental policies. Initially, the assessment of SD impacts concentrated on trade policy reforms (see, for example, Kirkpatrick and Lee, 1999, for the SIA of the World Trade Organization’s Millennium Round proposal). More recently, SIA has been extended to other policy areas. Taking a lead role, the European Union (EU) meanwhile requires: careful assessment of the full effects of [any larger] policy proposal … [that] must include estimates of its economic, environmental and societal inputs inside and outside the EU. (EC, 2001) The argument behind this is that SIA can improve the SD coherence of policy initiatives across various areas by identifying spillovers and interlinkages. 45 Modelling Sustainable Development 08/05/2009 14.47...

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