WIT Press


Development Of A Sustainability Assessment Framework For Planning For Sustainability For Biofuel Production At The Policy, Programme Or Project Level

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/ESUS090321

Volume

121

Pages

11

Published

2009

Size

328 kb

Author(s)

L. K. Haywood, B. de Wet, G. P. von Maltitz & A. C. Brent

Abstract

Biofuel development projects are proceeding at a pace that outstrips normal planning and feasibility evaluation. We present a theoretical framework for planning for sustainability for biofuel production at the policy, plan/programme or project (PPP) level. The objective of this framework is to foster and preserve the social ecological system in which the PPP is to occur so that the system remains dynamic, adaptive, resilient and durable through time. The overall approach to the framework is the understanding of the function and relationships within the social ecological system in which the proposed biofuel PPP is to occur. The system is analysed through stakeholder engagement and expert analysis. Sustainability is assessed through the development of sustainability principles and criteria with sustainability indicators to measure the progression. The framework has developed through a long history of impact assessment and strategic environmental assessment in the environmental sector. Keywords: biofuel, sustainability assessment, planning, social ecological system, sustainability vision, principle, criteria and indicators.

Keywords

biofuel, sustainability assessment, planning, social ecological system, sustainability vision, principle, criteria and indicators