Sustainable development indicators for wastewater systems - researchers and indicator users in a co-operative case study
Journal article, 2005

This paper presents a study where sustainable development indicators (SDIs) for sludge handling and wastewater treatment systems were constructed in co-operation with a large Swedish water company. Results from a life cycle assessment, a risk assessment, an economic assessment and an uncertainty assessment were used as inputs for ranking technical options of sludge handling by use of multi-criteria analysis (MCA). The MCA included assessment of the different technical options, valuation of different, and often conflicting, aspects of sustainability and weighting of various criteria. On basis of the preferences expressed in the MCA, a number of SDIs and, when possible, targets for sustainable development, were formulated. The resulting SDIs reflected economic, environmental, technical and social aspects of sustainable development of sludge handling systems. Where possible, the coverage of the indicators was extended to the entire wastewater system.

indicators

LCA

wastewater systems

sustainable development

life cycle assessment

sludge handling

multi-criteria analysis

Author

Ulrika Palme

Chalmers, Centre for Environment and Sustainability (GMV)

Chalmers, Energy and Environment, Environmental Systems Analysis

Margareta Lundin

Chalmers

Anne-Marie Tillman

Chalmers, Centre for Environment and Sustainability (GMV)

Chalmers, Energy and Environment, Environmental Systems Analysis

Sverker Molander

Chalmers, Centre for Environment and Sustainability (GMV)

Chalmers, Energy and Environment, Environmental Systems Analysis

Resources, Conservation and Recycling

0921-3449 (ISSN)

Vol. 43 3 293-311

Subject Categories

Other Environmental Engineering

DOI

10.1016/j.resconrec.2004.06.006

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