International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development (Int J Environ Sustain Dev)

Publisher: Inderscience

Journal description

IJESD is a fully-refereed academic journal. It addresses matters related to environment and sustainable development, paying special attention to relevant issues in developing countries while reporting on the latest environmental trends in industrialised nations. The journal's range of themes encompasses ecological studies, field research, empirical work and descriptive analyses on topics such as: Environmental systems, Environmental policies and politics, Environmental legislation, Environmental impact assessment, Water and energy related issues, Sustainability, Sustainable development approaches and methods. Other matters related to or which influence the international debate on sustainability will be also considered. The journal is published in conjunction with the UN Environment Programme. Associated Organisations are UNESCO, Paris (France), UN Environment Programme, Nairobi (Kenya). The issue of environment and sustainable development is a complex one. Often environmental and development matters are intertwined and a holistic understanding of them is necessary to achieve long-term progress. IJESD intends to act as an outlet for papers dealing with the issues raised in an interdisciplinary way. Specifically, it reports on initiatives involving environmental improvements in developing and industrialised nations, disseminates case studies, projects and programmes and reports on the findings of studies and research on environment and sustainable development. It will also foster information exchange with respect to pilot projects on transport, recycling, waste management and analysis of legislation and appraisals of the impacts of regulations, among other topics. Moreover, it will serve as a vehicle for the documentation and dissemination of what government bodies, research agencies, international bodies, universities and aid agencies are doing to pursue the path of sustainable development.

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Website International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development website
Other titles IJETM
ISSN 1478-7466
OCLC 163252882
Material type Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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  • Pre-print
    • Author can archive a pre-print version
  • Post-print
    • Author cannot archive a post-print version
  • Restrictions
    • 6 months embargo
  • Conditions
    • Cannot archive until publication
    • Author's pre-print and Author's post-print on author's personal website, institutional repository or subject repository
    • Publisher copyright and source must be acknowledged
    • Must link to journal webpage and /or DOI
    • Publisher's version/PDF cannot be used, unless covered by funding agency rules
    • Authors covered by funding agency rules, may post the Publisher's Version/PDF in subject repositories after a 6 months embargo
    • Reviewed 10/02/2014
    • Author's post-print equates to Inderscience's Proof
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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Development that does not adequately consider human health may pass increased disease burden costs to surrounding communities. EIA as a tool of sustainable development can be used to protect public health. The aim of this paper is to look at coverage of health impacts in the EIA system in Malawi. Under the current EIA system, EIA can be used to protect public health in Malawi. In EIA reports relationships between projects and determinants of health are merely discussed as they relate to conformance with legislation and standards. There is a need to promote specialised methods to tackle health impacts and also greater involvement of health institutions and professionals in EIA. In Malawi, it is possible to assess the impacts on health adequately within the EIA context and not necessarily in a distinct and stand-alone health impact assessment.
    International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development 06/2015; 14(3). DOI:10.1504/IJESD.2015.070135
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to take a broad approach to understanding domestic energy consumption and identify difficulties in energy reduction. The study focused on a variety of factors, including barriers and motivators for behaviour change, comfort and comfort actions and knowledge about the heating system. Data collection was carried out with 55 social housing tenants in England using interviews and questionnaires. Data showed that tenants were to a large degree already engaged in energy-saving actions. ‘Warmth’ was the most important aspect of comfort for the majority of tenants but about half of both comfort actions and actions against cold were not energy-intensive. ‘Habit’ was identified as the most important barrier to behaviour change whilst ‘money’ was seen as the greatest motivator. A deficit regarding quality and quantity of instructions on the usage of the heating system emerged. The results imply that social housing landlords have the responsibility to provide better instructions on the most efficient home operation. They could play a large role in changing tenants’ habits, for example when implementing physical changes to the dwelling.
    International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development 01/2014; 13(4):425–448. DOI:10.1504/IJESD.2014.065011
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    ABSTRACT: Since the 1970s, seeking solutions for global environmental problems have been on the agenda of both national and international debates where quantifying and measuring 'sustainability' have been an emerging foci. Within this perspective, analysis of areas through new methods and measurable parameters is among recent research fields in both academia and practice. To this end, in the literature, studies on 'green building rating and assessment systems' aiming more liveable places through less carbon emissions and more environmentally friendly construction materials gained significant importance. Among such rating systems, leadership in energy and environmental design (LEED) and Building Research Establishment environmental assessment method (BREEAM) are the two well-known 'building' rating systems both in the literature and practice. On the other hand, these parameters based on the 'building' scale are now on the pursuit of 'neighbourhood' or even 'regional' scale applications. The subject of re-questioning these rating systems with the focus of 'neighbourhood' level rather than only 'building' scale is a new research field in the literature with few cases in practice. Having started in the early 1990s, the UK-based BREEAM and US-based LEED systems have responded to these needs by formulating BREEAM-communities and LEED-ND (LEED-neighbourhood design) in 2007. This paper aims to perform a comparative analysis of the parameters covered by assessment systems (LEED-ND and BREEAM-communities) through literature survey and evaluate how they can contribute in urban planning studies with an emphasis on the state of these assessment systems in Turkey.
    International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development 01/2014; 13(2):109 - 125. DOI:10.1504/IJESD.2014.060188
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    ABSTRACT: This paper describes the theoretical background and results of a focus group study on determinants of energy related behaviour in Norwegian households. 70 Norwegians between 18 and 79 years of age participated in eight focus-groups in four Norwegian cities. The aim of the study was to identify behaviours that Norwegians consider relevant with respect to energy use, the main determinants of those behaviours, as well as barriers against and facilitators of energy efficiency. The most important behaviours from the participants' perspectives were heating, water heating, use of white ware and mobility. The main motivators named were minimising behavioural costs, value orientations, perceived consumer efficacy and social norms. The most important barriers were structural misfits, economic, effort, time consumption, low consumer efficacy and lack of relevant and trustworthy information. The most potent facilitators were economic incentives, gains in comfort, reduced effort, tailored practical information, individual feedback and legislative actions.
    International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development 01/2013; 12(4-4):396-415. DOI:10.1504/IJESD.2013.056348
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    ABSTRACT: The objective of this paper is to identify the main definitions, related practices and to point out future directions in green supply chain management (GSCM). After a literature review and systematisation of the published articles in this field, it was possible to identify: a) the main research objectives of analysed papers; b) the research methods adopted; c) the predominantly analysed industrial sectors; d) the GSCM practices considered by the researchers. Results are presented in each of these analytical perspectives. The main findings are: 1) there are various classifications, nomenclatures and types of GSCM practices, but the most commonly used by studies in GSCM are cleaner production, product design, reverse logistic and green purchasing; 2) from the highlighted definitions, the tonic is to adapt operating activities and incorporate the supply chain management philosophy (integration/collaboration) to environmental concerns (impact reduction) in relations between links in the chain. These results can be useful for those interested in environmental management as well as supply chain management, considering the growing interest in GSCM. We also propose a research agenda on this subject. This is one of the most recent literature review and systematisation on green supply chain management.
    International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development 01/2013; 12(2):145 - 167. DOI:10.1504/IJESD.2013.052975
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    ABSTRACT: This paper reviews the scope for the rural land use sector to support emissions reduction with particular reference to the role of forestry. A bottom-up approach is adopted to explore the relative contribution of different land-based activities in the region and explore the Scottish policy context and the scope for emissions reduction through new tree planting. It is concluded that the institutional architecture is incomplete, in that although the Rural Development Programme supports afforestation, informal institutions, especially farmer antipathy, militate against afforestation. Ground-truthing indicates scope for major efficiency gains in emissions reduction if tradable solutions are pursued. There is scope for policy enhancement and, if land use sector carbon emissions were offset against farm-produced renewable energy and carbon emissions were taxed, a significant flow of money from low ground farms to the disadvantaged hill areas would be likely, as these areas have the greatest potential with respect to climate change mitigation.
    International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development 11/2012; 11(3):274-292(19).
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    ABSTRACT: One of the main aims of the Rural Development Plan under the EU Common Agricultural Policy is the protection of nitrate sensitive areas through agri-environmental schemes. This paper presents a mathematical programming model for farm planning in agricultural areas that are sensitive to nitrates. A bilevel linear programming (BLP) model is developed, that can achieve the optimal farm production plan assuming two conflicting goals: the maximisation of farm gross margin and the minimisation of fertilisers' use. The first goal is pursued by farmers, and comprises the first level of BLP. The second goal is pursued by society, through the government, and comprises the second level of BLP. The model is applied to an agricultural area in Northern Greece, which belongs to the nitrate sensitive areas scheme of the Greek Rural Development Plan 2007-2013. The model is further used to simulate the impacts of the measure under two scenarios proposed for farms located in nitrate sensitive areas. The result shows that the model can achieve the two goals set by increasing gross margin and reducing fertilisers use.
    International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development 01/2012; 11(2):105-117. DOI:10.1504/IJESD.2012.049175
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    ABSTRACT: In the current scenario, the waste is an indicator of socioeconomic development. So, the more booming economy is, the greater the volume of produced waste. The downside of this scenario is the result of technological bottlenecks of conventional management models. In this context, this paper discusses and proposes a new model for urban solid waste (USW) management, based on the methodology/technology developed at the university. Therefore, the environmental diagnosis and the identification of the advantages/disadvantages of conventional models have been performed, followed up by a new management model based on distinguished methods during the following phases: collection, transport, treatment and final disposal of USW. The results have shown the technical/economical/financial viability of this new technology, in which waste is no longer a cost factor, but an investment opportunity. In this proposal, prevails the economic returns and the impacts on the environment and society are also positive.
    International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development 01/2012; 12(3):238. DOI:10.1504/IJESD.2012.050460