European Practice and Experience
- Evaluating Sustainable Development series
Edited by Clive George and Colin Kirkpatrick
Chapter 10: The Selection of Suitable Tools for Sustainability Impact Assessment
1 Marjan van Herwijnen and Wouter de Ridder I. INTRODUCTION Assessment tools play an important role in decision-making processes. The variety of tools that can be used to carry out assessments is huge. Each tool has its own speciﬁc qualities and contributes in a particular way to decision-making processes. Each tool can be used to address diﬀerent issues, like costs and beneﬁts, short- and long-term eﬀects, global competitiveness and many more key aspects in relation to sustainable development. The Sustainability A-Test project evaluates tools that can be used for sustainability assessments. The overall goal of the Sustainability A-Test is to support the deﬁnition and implementation of the EU Sustainable Development Strategy. The project will do this by describing, assessing and comparing tools that can be used to measure or assess sustainable development. At the same time the project strives to improve the scientiﬁc underpinning of sustainable development impact assessment. This will be done by building further on on-going work by the UNFCCC secretariat (2005) and UNEP (1998), literature review of the applications of the tools, and a case study. Within the project an evaluation framework will be developed in which the various tools and a number of assessment methods are compared with the requirements of sustainable development assessments. The ﬁnal output of the project will be an electronic handbook2 to support the selection of suitable tools for SIA. This chapter gives an overview of the primary results of the project and at the same...
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