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() Proposal for an assessment framework of regional sustainability.

Friot, D.1, Jolliet, O.1, Blanc, I.1, 1 EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

ABSTRACT- The search for alternative indicators of development has accelerated with the increasing importance of the sustainability aspects. A large number of sustainability indicators systems exists, but they usually group together conceptually very different types of indicators and poorly address the interdependences between sustainability dimensions and between regions. The EPSILON project (Environmental Policy via Sustainability Indicators On a European-wide level) proposes consistent new solutions explicitly based on a) Life Cycle Impact Assessment rationales, b) an extension of the Driving-Forces − Pressure − State − Response model, c) the integration of the latest European−wide study concerning social welfare and d) an extended Input−Output framework. EPSILON is the first set of indicators at regional level. EPSILON provides a GIS integrated computerized model for monitoring & benchmarking of regions in Europe, relying on the four dimensions of sustainable development (institutional, social, economic and environmental). It covers 150 regions with 100 indicators consistently selected at state level. The presentation illustrates how benchmarking between regions becomes meaningful using a consistent structure and a tiered approach to aggregation. Interactions between regions are both considered at the level of economics relations (in terms of production and consumption) and environmental ones (proper modeling of long range pollutants transfers) enabling to understand the causes for some regional strengths and weaknesses.

Key words: indicators, sustainable development, LCIA, DPSIR

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