Indicators for environmental sustainability

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    Decision making on sustainable consumption and production requires scientifically based information on sustainability. Different environmental sustainability targets exist for specific decision problems. To observe how well these targets are met, relevant environmental indicators are needed. In this study, we reviewed indicators applied in life cycle assessment (LCA), planetary boundary framework (PB), and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) developed under United Nation. The aim is to 1) identify their applications and relevant decision context; 2) Review their indicators and categorize them into Drivers-Pressures-States-Impacts-Responses scheme for comparison and; 3) provide suggestions for indicator system choice and important aspects to consider when choosing.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalProcedia C I R P
    Pages (from-to)697-702
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    Event24th CIRP Conference on Life Cycle Engineering - Kamakura, Japan
    Duration: 8 Mar 201710 Mar 2017


    Conference24th CIRP Conference on Life Cycle Engineering

    Bibliographical note

    © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license
    Peer-review under responsibility of the scientifi c committee of the 24th CIRP Conference on Life Cycle Engineering


    • Decision support
    • Indicator
    • Sustainability
    • Metrics
    • Environmental targets
    • Life cycle assessment
    • Planetary boundary
    • Sustainable Development Goals

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