Energy sustainability indicators for urban environments

Aoife Foley, CJ Koroneous, EA Nanaki, D Rovas

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Sustainable development comprises of three dimensions. The three dimensions are the environment, the social and the economic. There have been many indicators used to measure the three dimensions of sustainability. For example air pollution, consumption of natural resources, quality of open space, noise, equity and opportunities and economic benefits from transport and land use. Urban areas constitute the most crucial factor in the sustainability. Urban systems affect and are affected by natural systems beyond their physical boundaries and in general the interdependence between the urban system and the regional and global environment is not reflected in urban decision making. The use of energy in the urban system constitutes the major element in the construction and function of urban areas. Energy impacts across the boundaries of the three dimensions of sustainability. The objective of this research is to apply energy-use-indicators to the urban system as a measure of sustainability. This methodology is applied to a case study in the United Kingdom.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012
Event4th International Conference on Sustainable Energy & Environmental Protection Conference (SEEP12) - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 01 Jun 201201 Jun 2012


Conference4th International Conference on Sustainable Energy & Environmental Protection Conference (SEEP12)


  • Energy-use-indicators; Sustainable development, Environment; Urban system


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