Sustainability assessment frameworks

Sustainability assessment frameworks

How do we effectively apply sustainability assessment frameworks in infrastructure projects?

Key issues
  • Many different sustainability assessment frameworks exist
  • Such frameworks have been useful in contextualising decision-making but may have drawbacks in practical application
  • Infrastructure and development projects are particularly challenging in their diversity and range of priorities
  • Before selecting or developing sustainability assessment systems, potential barriers to their effective implementation should be clearly identified
  • The ultimate goal should be to support the integration of poverty reduction and sustainability objectives without imposing a cumbersome and redundant system onto a project

Diagram: These overarching barriers to effective sustainability assessment have been distilled from various sources including Kline (2001), Gibson (2006) and Hacking and Guthrie (2007).

Create common sustainability vision and language

Approaches, Case Studies, Further Reading>/h4>

Hardi P and Zdan T (1997) Assessing Sustainable Development: Principles in Practice

Gibson, RB (2007) Sustainability assessment: basic components of a practical approach

Hacking T and Guthrie P (2007) A framework for clarifying the meaning of Triple Bottom-Line, Integrated, and Sustainability Assessment

Kline, E (2001) Indicators for Sustainable Development in Urban Areas

CIB & UNEP-IETC (2001) Agenda 21 for Sustainable Construction in Developing Countries.

International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) (2004) Project Sustainability Guidelines

ASPIRE (2009) Research and Development Document, Arup / EAP