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On the concept of sustainability - assessing th sustainability of large public Investment projects

On the concept of sustainability - assessing th sustainability of large public Investment projects

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Sammendrag
Assessing the sustainability of large public investment projects within the general framework of three-pillar thinking is a complex affair. Such ventures involve multiple actors – e.g. planners from various disciplines such as engineers, economists and social scientists, in addition to politicians, users and other people affected – each carrying with them particular agendas and priorities, and corresponding understandings of the concept of sustainability. In this paper, we propose to frame the concept of sustainability assessment within the context of investment projects, in order to enable communication between the multiple actors, to assess different impacts of an investment project against one another in a meaningful way and, ultimately, to enhance the commensurability of investment project alternatives. Our main idea is that there exist different levels according to which the assessment of sustainability ought to refer – operational, tactical and strategic – and that properly addressing these levels can permit the different actors to comprehend one another, and thereby allow for more clarity and positive action.
Språk
Engelsk
Forfatter(e)
  • Tore Haavaldsen
  • Ola Lædre
  • Gro Holst Volden
  • Jardar Lohne
Institusjon(er)
  • Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet
  • SINTEF Industri / Bærekraftig energiteknologi
År
Publisert i
International Journal of Sustainable Engineering
ISSN
1939-7038
Forlag
Taylor & Francis
Årgang
7
Hefte nr.
1
Side(r)
2 - 12