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SDG-Based Sustainability Assessment Methodology for Innovations in the Field of Urban Surfaces

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Institute for Acoustics and Building Physics, Department Life Cycle Engineering, University of Stuttgart, 70563 Stuttgart, Germany
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Department Life Cycle Engineering, Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP, 70563 Stuttgart, Germany
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Sustainability 2020, 12(11), 4466; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114466
Received: 26 March 2020 / Revised: 8 May 2020 / Accepted: 22 May 2020 / Published: 1 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Built Environment and Future Proof Innovations)
The sustainability of urban surfaces can be enhanced by introducing innovations. An ex-ante assessment of the potential sustainability impacts of innovations in urban areas can provide decision-makers with valuable recommendations for their selection before implementation. This knowledge helps to make the innovation more future-proof. Although a first methodological approach for such an assessment is available, there is no readily applicable set of indicators. Hence, this article proposes a holistic sustainability impact assessment method tailored to the management of urban surfaces and their innovations. For the development of the method, a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)-based, top-down approach is adopted. The proposed assessment method makes it possible to identify an innovation’s potential contribution to the achievement of the SDGs before its introduction. In this article, the assessment method is tested by evaluating the sustainability impacts of weed-suppressing joint filling sand on a walkway in a municipal cemetery in Southern Germany. The case study shows that a mixed impact of the innovation in the three dimensions of sustainability could be expected within the system boundary. It highlights the need for innovation optimization, mainly in the economic dimension. As a result, the introduced method can support the innovation process of urban surfaces for sustainable municipal development. View Full-Text
Keywords: Life Cycle Sustainability Analysis; impact assessment method; ex-ante; Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); urban surfaces; innovations; life cycle thinking Life Cycle Sustainability Analysis; impact assessment method; ex-ante; Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); urban surfaces; innovations; life cycle thinking
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Henzler, K.; Maier, S.D.; Jäger, M.; Horn, R. SDG-Based Sustainability Assessment Methodology for Innovations in the Field of Urban Surfaces. Sustainability 2020, 12, 4466. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114466

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Henzler K, Maier SD, Jäger M, Horn R. SDG-Based Sustainability Assessment Methodology for Innovations in the Field of Urban Surfaces. Sustainability. 2020; 12(11):4466. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114466

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Henzler, Kristina, Stephanie D. Maier, Michael Jäger, and Rafael Horn. 2020. "SDG-Based Sustainability Assessment Methodology for Innovations in the Field of Urban Surfaces" Sustainability 12, no. 11: 4466. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114466

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