| Title: Practical Evaluation Tools for Urban Sustainability
Contract Type: CSC Contract Number: EVK4-CT-2002-00101 Start Date: 01-12-2002 Duration: 36 months
Problems to be solved
There is a large amount of research and practical projects being undertaken on sustainability and urban infrastructure, however there is a lack of evaluation and dissemination on what are often very good and useful projects that could be transferable to other parts of Europe and wider. There is a growing debate over conceptual models associated with sustainable development and indicators of sustainability. However, making operational such conceptual models through the use of standardised evaluation tools is not widely carried out. The project team has worked together for about four years on a COST ACTION (C8 Urban Infrastructure and Sustainability), assessing a range of case studies carried out by local authorities and other government organisations. This has revealed a lack of proper evaluation, which leads to uncertainty over the success of projects and difficulty in assessing their transferability for application elsewhere.
Scientific objectives and approach
The aim of this study is to provide a framework of practical evaluation tools that can be used to analyse sustainability and urban infrastructure projects in order to assess them against a set of standard criteria and provide information to assess the potential for transferring them to other areas of Europe and the World. PETUS will provide examples of projects that can be used to demonstrate how best public and private funds can be spent on sustainable projects to achieve "Best Value". The main benefit of creating the evaluation tools within the PETUS project will be to enable projects to be compared to each other to assess applicability in various situations in response to different problems. The tools will be applied to a range of projects across all aspects of urban infrastructure. They will take into account social, economic and environmental factors so that the most suitable project can be selected by end users. The tools will be refined and guidance given on their use. The benefit of the study will be to provide public and private sector organisations tools and guidance to achieve best value and to help to obtain public satisfaction with their environment. The PETUS web-site will provide a central location for all sustainable projects that have been evaluated using the tool established during the study. It is an important issue as large resources are being spent on projects which could provide very interesting and useful guidance for other public and private sector organisations who may want to carry out similar urban infrastructure/sustainable works. If the project is not carried out millions of Euro will continue to be spent on a range of urban infrastructure/sustainability projects that will remain potentially unknown by other potential end users. Also, the need to minimise and manage environmental risks, use resources efficiently, improve the built environment and introduce innovative transport strategies will require a consistent and comparable approach to urban project evaluation. The benefits gained and lessons learnt from one project can be relayed to other similar projects throughout Europe and the World.
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