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Concepts and methodologies for measuring the sustainability of cities

  • In recent decades, better data and methods have become available for understanding the complex functioning of cities and their impacts on sustainability. This review synthesizes the recent developments in concepts and methods being used to measure the impacts of cities on environmental sustainability. It differentiates between a dominant trend in research literature that concentrates on the accounting and allocation of greenhouse gas emissions and energy use to cities and a reemergence of studies that focus on the direct and indirect material and resource flows in cities. The methodological approaches reviewed may consider cities as either producers or consumers, and all recognize that urban environmental impacts can be local, regional, orIn recent decades, better data and methods have become available for understanding the complex functioning of cities and their impacts on sustainability. This review synthesizes the recent developments in concepts and methods being used to measure the impacts of cities on environmental sustainability. It differentiates between a dominant trend in research literature that concentrates on the accounting and allocation of greenhouse gas emissions and energy use to cities and a reemergence of studies that focus on the direct and indirect material and resource flows in cities. The methodological approaches reviewed may consider cities as either producers or consumers, and all recognize that urban environmental impacts can be local, regional, or global. As well as giving an overview of the methodological debates, we examine the implications of the different approaches for policy and the challenges these approaches face in their application on the field.show moreshow less

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Document Type:Peer-Reviewed Article
Author:Maria Yetano Roche, Stefan LechtenböhmerORCiDGND, Manfred FischedickORCiDGND, Marie-Christine Gröne, Chun Xia, Carmen Dienst
URN (citable link):https://nbn-resolving.org/urn:nbn:de:bsz:wup4-opus-56074
Year of Publication:2014
Language:English
Source Title (English):Annual review of environment and resources
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-environ-012913-101223
Volume:39
First Page:519
Last Page:547
Note:
Submitted version
Division:Zukünftige Energie- und Industriesysteme
Dewey Decimal Classification:600 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften
Licence:License LogoIn Copyright - Urheberrechtlich geschützt