Title: A Review of Published Sustainability Indicator Sets: How applicable are they to contaminated land remediation indicator-set development? 
Resource Type: document --> technical publication --> report 
Country: United Kingdom 
Year: 2009 
Availability: 9 May 2009 
Author 1/Producer: CL:AIRE 
Author / Producer Type: Professional / trade / industry associations, institutes or networks 
Publisher: Contaminated Land Applications in Real Environments (CL:AIRE) 
Publisher City: London, UK 
ISBN: ISBN 978-1-905046-18-8 
Report / download web link (=direct link): http://www.claire.co.uk/surfuk  
Format (e.g. PDF): PDF 
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Contaminated land-->Wider impacts / sustainability-->Assessment tools
Contaminated land-->Wider impacts / sustainability-->Economic
Contaminated land-->Wider impacts / sustainability-->Environmental
Contaminated land-->Wider impacts / sustainability-->Social
Contaminated land-->Wider impacts / sustainability-->Sustainable / green remediation
Short description: EXTRACT: SuRF-UK (www.claire.co.uk/surfuk) is the United Kingdom’s Sustainable Remediation Forum – an initiative set up to progress the UK understanding of sustainable remediation. Part of the work of developing a SuRF-UK framework has been the consideration of how sustainability can be assessed for soil and groundwater remediation projects. Over six weeks in February and March 2009 over 100 documents describing sustainability indicators (for a wide variety of purposes) were identified and reviewed, in part based on an existing database held by r3. The aim was to determine the range of factors considered by different sets of sustainability indicators, and identify if any existing data sets could be used for sustainability appraisal of remediation work, or if not how a UK sustainable remediation indicator set could be developed. Also included in this work was the assessment of a number of possible indicators made by delegates at a SuRF-UK Open Forum meeting in London, which took place on 18 November 2008. These were mapped against 18 different overarching (or “headline”) categories, six for each element of sustainability: environmental, economic and social. A total of 2,421 individual indicators were identified. These constitute a large sample of different interests in sustainability appraisal. Overall indicators found in the literature review and the suggestions made at the 18 November 2008 Open Forum fitted well with the headline indicators suggested (82% and 97% had a good unique fit to a category, respectively). Indicators were found that fitted into all of the 18 headline categories, but the distribution of indicators across the headlines was not uniform. A large number of environmental indicators are related to resource use and waste management. There are few indicators linked to impacts on soil, and also few linked to consideration of the quality of the evidence base and its uncertainty. Twelve indicator sets (with 265 indicators in total) relating to contaminated land management were found by this review. The coverage of these indicator sets on an individual basis is incomplete. For 8 sets there is no inclusion of impacts on soil, which is not consistent with current UK and EU soil policy. 
Link to Organisation(s): CL:AIRE (Contaminated Land: Applications in the Real Environments)
Submitted By: Professor Paul Bardos WhoDoesWhat?      Last update: 15/07/2009

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