Modelling sustainability performance to achieve absolute reductions in socio-ecological systems

Nunes, Breno, Alamino, Roberto C., Shaw, Duncan and Bennett, David (2016). Modelling sustainability performance to achieve absolute reductions in socio-ecological systems. Journal of Cleaner Production, 132 , pp. 32-44.

Abstract

As the world’s natural resources dwindle and critical levels of environmental pollution are approached, sustainability becomes a key issue for governments, organisations and individuals. With the consequences of such an issue in mind, this paper introduces a unifying approach to measure the sustainability performance of socio-economic systems based on the interplay between two key variables: essentiality of consumption and environmental impact. This measure attributes to every system a ‘fitness’ value i.e. a quantity that reflects its ability to remain resilient/healthy by avoiding ecological, social and economic collapse as it consumes the available resources. This new measure is tested on a system where there is a limited supply of resources and four basic consumption types. The analysis has theoretical implications as well as practical importance as it can help countries, organisations or even individuals, in finding better ways to measure sustainability performance.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.08.037
Divisions: Aston Business School > Operations & information management
Aston Business School
Aston Business School > Operations & information management research group
Engineering & Applied Sciences
Additional Information: © 2015, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Uncontrolled Keywords: sustainability management,sustainability performance,modelling,systems dynamics,absolute reductions,Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering,Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment,Environmental Science(all),Strategy and Management
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Published Date: 2016-09-20
Authors: Nunes, Breno ( 0000-0001-8892-2728)
Alamino, Roberto C. ( 0000-0001-8224-2801)
Shaw, Duncan
Bennett, David ( 0000-0003-1480-8652)

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