A Review of Sustainability Assessment Methods in Engineering

By Abdallah M. Hasna.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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Sustainability Assessment (SA) debate had undergone a dramatic transformation in response to global policy changes, i.e. Kyoto Protocol, trade liberalization, Doha negotiations. The purpose of this paper was to review the body of literature relevant to Sustainability Assessment functional methods in engineering. To shed light on the current standing of sustainability assessment (SA) this paper reviewed and compared up to fifty five (SA) tools. These include descriptive, quantitative and qualitative measures, or indices. In order to achieve a unified approach integrating the needs of society and the natural system, the application and spatial implication of these tools in engineering were considered within the bounds of systems theory. It was found that whilst progress has been made in the development of assessment tools, definitional ambiguities remains evident (i.e. indicators and criteria). Furthermore (SA) exhibited a skewed alignment towards the triple bottom line theory i.e. economic, social, environmental objectives with baseline conditions. Therefore, there is a pressing need for further research into engineering (SA) sustainability assessment frameworks and their ultimate objectives, direction and magnitude, particularly whether the engineering professional can afford to endorse scores of tools.

Keywords: Sustainability Assessment (SA), Technology, Social, Economic

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.161-176. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.406MB).

Abdallah M. Hasna

Senior Lecturer, Engineering and Health, Faculty of Sciences, University of Southern Queensland, Gladstone, Queensland, Australia

A. M. Hasna holds PhD in manufacturing from Swinburne University of Technology,Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (Deakin), Graduate Certificate in Management, (SUT) BE Chemical (RMIT). He has 10 years’ experience as process engineer, held senior positions in the chemical and process industry, worked on water flocculation systems in the mining industry, plantation timber moulding, fuel cell power generation for air independent propulsion with DSTO, sacrificial corrosion protection for the green river project, paperboard manufacturing, and developed a microwave corrugator with Visy Industries. Currently a Senior lecturer affiliated with the Department of Sustainability, Central Queensland University.

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