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Aggregation of sustainability indicators using DEA and MCDA methods
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  • Agricultural structures and production
The concept of sustainable development refers to economic growth that preserves the environment and social welfare. This implies that technological and social progress should satisfy humans needs but it should be headed towards to three competing dimensions: economic prosperity, environmental quality and social integration. During the last years, there has been an increasing interest to move from the generic concept to specic measures of sustainability, what can be made through the use of indicators. Given the multidimensionality of the problem, often what is needed are synthetic or aggregate indicators that summarize in a single value the information of several partial indicators. These indicators are useful for evaluating the sustainability performance of a decision unit (company, sector, region, country, etc), to make comparisons between them and to study their evolution over time. They can be an important reference point for improving their management and even could be used to study the eects of regulatory policies. The proliferation of such aggregate measures are attempts to achieve more complete overviews on development than traditional economic information provided by GDP. Only a pair of well-known examples are briey commented in this respect. First, the Human Development Index (HDI) is the result of adding up life expectancy, education level and GDP per capita; it was designed to evaluate improvements on human well-being. Second, the Environmental Performance Index (EPI) compiles 25 partial indicators classied 1 within two main objetives, Environmental Health and Ecosystem Vitality, and ten categories: (1) Environmental Burden of Disease, (2) Water Resources for Human Health, (3) Air Quality for Human Health, (4) Air Quality for Ecosystems, (5) Water Resources for Ecosystems, (6) Biodiversity and Habitat, (7) Forestry, (8) Fisheries, (9) Agriculture, and (10) Climate Change; the aim of EPI is to serve as a tool to track environmental problems and policies at regional, national and international levels. In this work, data envelopment analysis and multicriteria techniques are reviewed as useful tools for summing up partial indicators.
Workshop on Sustainable behaviours in food chains: organizacional, marketing and environmental aspects
Universita degli Studi di Perugia
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  • Autor: Silverio Alarcon Lorenzo (UPM)
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  • Creador: Departamento: Economía y Ciencias Sociales Agrarias
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