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Sustainability 2015, 7(10), 13542-13563; doi:10.3390/su71013542

Assessment of the Sustainable Development Capacity with the Entropy Weight Coefficient Method

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School of Energy and Power Engineering, Shandong University, 17923 Jingshi Road, Jinan 250061, China
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School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Shandong University, 27 Shanda Road, Jinan 250100, China
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Shandong Provincial Bureau of Statistics, 158 Jingsi Road, Jinan 250001, China
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School of Architecture & Built Environment, Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide SA 5005, Australia
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Vincenzo Torretta
Received: 6 August 2015 / Revised: 26 September 2015 / Accepted: 28 September 2015 / Published: 1 October 2015
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Use of the Environment and Resources)
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Abstract

Sustainable development is widely accepted in the world. How to reflect the sustainable development capacity of a region is an important issue for enacting policies and plans. An index system for capacity assessment is established by employing the Entropy Weight Coefficient method. The results indicate that the sustainable development capacity of Shandong Province is improving in terms of its economy subsystem, resource subsystem, and society subsystem whilst degrading in its environment subsystem. Shandong Province has shown the general trend towards sustainable development. However, the sustainable development capacity can be constrained by the resources such as energy, land, water, as well as environmental protection. These issues are induced by the economy development model, the security of energy supply, the level of new energy development, the end-of-pipe control of pollution, and the level of science and technology commercialization. Efforts are required to accelerate the development of the tertiary industry, the commercialization of high technology, the development of new energy and renewable energy, and the structure optimization of energy mix. Long-term measures need to be established for the ecosystem and environment protection. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable development capacity; environmental system; economy system; society system sustainable development capacity; environmental system; economy system; society system
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Wang, Q.; Yuan, X.; Zhang, J.; Gao, Y.; Hong, J.; Zuo, J.; Liu, W. Assessment of the Sustainable Development Capacity with the Entropy Weight Coefficient Method. Sustainability 2015, 7, 13542-13563.

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