Principles of Sustainibility Assessement and Measurement

Pinter Laszlo, Peter Hardi, Robert-Andre Martinuzzi

Publication: Chapter in book/Conference proceedingChapter in edited volume


Revisiting the way society defines and measures progress has been identified as one of the key levers in tackling the root causes of unsustainable development. The recent economic and food crises exposed a critical weakness in the ability of currently mainstream indicators of progress to provide early warning and take adequate preventive action.

Since the early 1990s a growing number of organizations have been involved in the development of indicator systems around the key socio-economic and environmental concerns of sustainable development within their own context. In order to provide guidance and promote best practice, in 1997 a global group of leading measurement and assessment experts developed the Bellagio Principles. The Bellagio Principles have become a widely quoted reference point for measuring sustainable development, but new developments in policy, science, civil society and technology have made their update necessary.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Sustainibility Indicators
Editors Bell, Morse
Place of PublicationNew York
Pages21 - 41
ISBN (Print)978-0-36749-755-2
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 502022 Sustainable economics
  • 502041 Environmental management

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