Sustainable development indicators for wastewater systems - researchers and indicator users in a co-operative case study
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 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.

multi-criteria analysis

sustainable development

sludge handling


wastewater systems

life cycle assessment



Ulrika Palme

Chalmers, Energi och miljö, Miljösystemanalys

Chalmers, Göteborgs miljövetenskapliga centrum (GMV)

Margareta Lundin

Chalmers University of Technology

Anne-Marie Tillman

Chalmers, Göteborgs miljövetenskapliga centrum (GMV)

Chalmers, Energi och miljö, Miljösystemanalys

Sverker Molander

Chalmers, Göteborgs miljövetenskapliga centrum (GMV)

Chalmers, Energi och miljö, Miljösystemanalys

Resources, Conservation and Recycling

0921-3449 (ISSN)

Vol. 43 293-311


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