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

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

Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: In this study, a potential fuel procurement planning model to sustainable energy production problems is considered. In Finland peat is commonly used as a fuel of energy plants. However, it is recently considered as non-renewable fuel. Therefore, we tested the model using Finnish Government’s peat fuel tax policy decisions for sustainable energy production. However, due to the complex nature of the renewable fuel-procurement problem, the optimisation model cannot be directly used to solve the problem in a manner that is relevant to the forest industry. Therefore, this model was combined with an energy-production model to better describe the combinatorial complexity of energy flows. The properties of the model are discussed and we present the examples of how the model works based on real-world data and optional fuel procurement constraints. The results show peat and forest fuel relationships which indicate that meeting peat tax targets may not be adequate for the future success of renewable energy production, because energy production costs are increasing and forest fuel procurement targets can not be achieved.
    International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development 01/2014; 13(1):20-33.
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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.
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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):396-415.
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    ABSTRACT: Since the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment in 1972 and the subsequent publication of the Brundtland report in 1987, Ghana has embarked upon the path of sustainable development (SD) through the development and implementation of policies deemed necessary to safeguard the environment and promote socio–economic development. Despite this commitment, the country is still characterised by poor environmental and human health, poverty, poor sanitation, low access to potable drinking water, energy, and high population growth. This paper uses sustainability frameworks to investigate the achievability of SD in Ghana. The key policies related to SD issues such as the environment, poverty reduction, health, water and sanitation, energy and population growth are analysed and the main achievements and challenges identified. The paper asserts that SD of Ghana could be a passing fad if issues confronting the country's sustainability are not addressed. The paper provides policy recommendations and strategies that will enable policy–makers to effectively tackle the SD challenges in the country.
    International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development 11/2012; 11(3):304-317.
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract: This article aims at conducting a study on the productive sector of ethanol in Brazil, specifically regarding second-generation ethanol. To map the industry the technique of stakeholder analysis was used. The primary data were collected through semi structured interviews and questionnaires with ten experts from different stakeholder groups in the industry. The results showed that the ethanol plants, research funding agencies, technology centres and central government are the main stakeholders in the industry. The trends with greater impact on the future of the industry are investments in the development of second-generation ethanol, the high biomass production potential in Brazil and the process of industry concentration of ethanol plants, through mergers and acquisitions. The main uncertainties are the results of technology development of second-generation ethanol, the creation or not of subsidies for this technology and the possible commoditisation of the ethanol market.
    International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development 11/2012; 11(4):412 - 434.
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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.
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    ABSTRACT: Demand for impact assessment (IA) tools by public administrations has increased significantly in the last decades, when the European Union has also increased its efforts to measure the impact of its agricultural and environmental policies. Different IA tools have been applied to assess EU policies in agriculture and environment, like the Common Agricultural Policy reform, decoupling, the Water Framework Directive, agri-environmental schemes, the Nitrates Directive, etc. This paper considers impact assessment tools that are commonly used in Europe and the rest of the world for carrying out assessments initiated by policymakers. The aim of the paper is to provide a review of the IA tools applied for the assessment of the EU policies in agriculture and environment, to analyse them and to classify them by different criteria according to the policy that they have been applied to and by the impacts that they have been measured. This paper reviews 116 published studies for impact assessment carried out in European countries.
    International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development 01/2012;
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to determine the relationship among hands on experience, community participation, observation, field visit, multimedia and demonstration for the prediction of environmental awareness among university students. For this study, 50 Assam University students have voluntarily joined as the sample. After a series of activities, the data were collected by environmental awareness scale (EAS) that was four-point Likert scale and has total of 30 items. The hierarchical multiple regression analysis technique was used to find out the relationship among the variables (e.g., hands on experience, community participation, observation, field visit, multimedia, and demonstration), the predictors of the environmental awareness. These variables were mostly independent and responsible for environment awareness, the dependent variable. The findings established from hierarchical regression, students’ hands on experience-enhanced environmental awareness, but not community participation or field visit.
    International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development 01/2011; 10(3):2011.
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    ABSTRACT: The term cleaner (sustainable) production has been cited in many policy and strategy documents of the top level agency/institutions on science, technology, development, etc., in Turkey for over a decade. However, it is not sufficiently known and applied except its energy efficiency aspect in Turkey. So as to overcome this deficiency, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry supported the project 'Determination of the Framework Conditions and Research-Development Needs for the Dissemination of Cleaner (Sustainable) Production Applications in Turkey' which was carried out in 2009 by TTGV and Göksel N. Demirer, as the consultant. This paper summarises this analysis which was one of the outcomes of this project.
    International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development 01/2011; 10(3):246-266.
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    ABSTRACT: The constantly changing world of technology is the world's largest and fastest growing manufacturing industry. The vast growth and rapid product obsolescence has brought about the serious problem of e-waste, which is now the fastest growing form of waste in the industrialised world. E-waste encompasses a broad and growing category of electronic devices ranging from large household appliances such as refrigerators, microwave ovens and air conditioners to consumer electronics such as cellular phones, televisions, personal stereos and computers. Electronic equipment contains a variety of toxic ingredients, including hazardous heavy metals that pollute the environment and are very dangerous to human health. This paper discusses some of the principles that are being employed to alleviate the environmental impact of e-waste such as extended producer responsibility, design for environment (DfE), consumer driven solutions. This article also discusses educational strategies that can be employed to educate global audiences.
    International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development 01/2010; 9.
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    ABSTRACT: The concept of sustainable development and the emergent discourse of education for sustainable development (ESD) present both challenges and opportunities for individuals, communities and governments to engage in conscious processes of reassessment of their roles. As an emergent discourse, ESD also raises critical questions on its relationship with environmental education and other parallel traditions. Much as this discourse continues to attract international attention, it is also and rather sadly, a non-issue in some countries. This paper foregrounds learning for sustainable development as an emergent educational discourse that requires urgent political and social attention. It explores the discourse's capacity to make significant contributions to contemporary educational thinking and practice by locating its emergence and development in global environmental politics. Against the background of history and the analysis of major conversation moments, the paper discusses conceptual differences and similarities in parallel traditions such as environmental education, place-based education or community-focused learning. The paper calls for well thought-out pedagogical responses to the diverse challenges of our contemporary times.
    International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development 01/2010; 9.
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    ABSTRACT: Researchers have studied the role of social responsibility in organisations for decades. Despite this extensive work, the teaching of corporate social responsibility in the classroom across the business curriculum remains somewhat limited. In order for educators in business to catch up with corporations who are increasingly focusing on issues and stakeholders beyond the bottom line, there must be an increased and integrative focal point on sustainability. This paper makes a call an increased focus on sustainability across business disciplines and makes recommendations on how they can be implemented.
    International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development 01/2010; 9.
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    ABSTRACT: In this paper the limitations of the current business education paradigm are discussed along with the consequential adverse impact on business decision making and society. The leadership role undertaken by some corporations in internalising sustainability measures into their strategies are then briefly discussed. Some of the commonly taught topics in management strategy and accounting courses which typically ignore social concerns are then outlined. A framework is presented for inclusion of sustainability issues in the commonly taught tools of managerial decision making. The paper concludes by exploring the ramifications of incorporating these concepts into business education.
    International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development 01/2010; 9.