Title: Towards a life-cycle based european sustainability footprint framework: theory, concepts, applications
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2012
JRC N°: JRC74553
ISBN: 978-92-79-26280-7
ISSN: 1831-9424
Other Identifiers: EUR 25501 EN
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC74553
DOI: 10.2788/49067
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: Sustainability is central to the policy objectives of the European Commission, but an integrated sustainability assessment framework in support of policy analysis and development is currently lacking. Arriving at an integrated sustainability assessment framework requires clearly articulated definitions of sustainability and sustainable development. Here, we describe the conceptual basis for the proposed European Sustainability Footprint - an integrated sustainability assessment framework for establishing a baseline and tracking trends with respect to the sustainability of European production and consumption, as well as scenario modelling the impacts of policy alternatives. Specifically, the European Sustainability Footprint is comprised of a selection of life-cycle based indicators (environmental, social, and economic) which can be assessed against defined sustainability targets and thresholds.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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