Tomas Hak

Tomas Hak
Charles University in Prague | CUNI · Environment Centre

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Meeting sustainability challenges at a local level requires understanding urban and sustainability concepts and monitoring progress towards set targets. A literature review reveals that a wide array of sustainable city definitions, urban sustainability assessment frameworks, and countless indicators (assessment tools) have been developed and implem...
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Food waste originating in households in the Czech Republic is an important but unknown issue. Due to the country’s membership among the most developed economies (European Union, OECD) and its commitments towards UN Sustainable Development Goals, the government must, inter alia, significantly reduce household food waste. However, reliable data and i...
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Housing drives urban development and has a significant potential for contributing to sustainability. However, ample sustainability indicator sets fail to include relevant indicators of sustainable housing—assessment seems to be an underdeveloped topic. We chose the United Nations Geneva Charter on Sustainable Housing as a conceptual foundation for...
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For a successful transition towards sustainability, people need information and knowledge to understand the complex interconnectedness of social, natural, and social‐natural systems. In order for people to be able to take a position on a number of environmental and social issues, and make decisions arising from these challenges, they need to use en...
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Thirty years after “Our Common Future” by the Brundtland Commission in 1987, sustainable development remains the only internationally and consensually recognized global development concept. The last major United Nations event—the Rio+20 Conference in 2012—endorsed it by proposing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their more specific targ...
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On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development-adopted by world leaders in 2015-came into force. They build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and call for action by all countries to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. Since the SDGs are not legally binding, governme...
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30 years after “Our Common Future“ by the Brundlandt Commission (1987), sustainable development summits, educators, politicians, and civil society organizations have failed to a large extent to make the sustainable development concept broadly appealing. Among missing enabling conditions are a good narrative (making an extremely complex sustainable...
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Sustainable Development strategy is going to celebrate its 30th anniversary this year (1987). Despite its long existence it is a concept very little understood globally and causing public sentiment just at a small part of population. The article thinks about the causes and ways to improve it. It is indicators that have an underused potential for pr...
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At the UN in New York the Open Working Group created by the UN General Assembly proposed a set of global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which comprises 17 goals and 169 targets. Further to that, a preliminary set of 330 indicators was introduced in March 2015. Some SDGs build on preceding Millennium Development Goals while others incorporate...
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Ethical values such as trust, compassion and equality are core to the way many pro-environmental organizations function, whether or not they claim these are key to their success. Mainstream sustainability indicators do not, however, explicitly acknowledge this values dimension. In this paper we describe a replicable approach that has successfully b...
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The concepts of sustainable development, quality of life, wellbeing, green growth, etc., and their assessment by various kinds of indicators (within the “Beyond GDP”, or later known as the “GDP and Beyond” movement) have become important features of the professional life of many researchers, administrators and even policy makers. The underlying con...
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The Commitment to Development Index has been developed to assess seven policy areas of rich countries that affect the development of poor countries and to rank the rich countries from this perspective. This article aims to analyze the environmental component of this index. The environmental dimension is a legitimate part of the concept behind the i...
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This article aims to provide an integrated overview of the environmental security concept. Moreover, the article frames interpretation of environmental security in the historical context and also provides information regarding current understanding of this concept in environmental security studies. Objective of this article is to propose a conceptu...
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A coherent value system and attitude towards the social and natural environment are considered to be a basic condition for the implementation of sustainable development as implicitly contained in the Rio+20 Declaration ‘The Future We Want’. The importance of human values such as justice, equality, shared responsibility, empowerment, solidarity or t...
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The goal of this article is to critically review the state-of-the-art in assessing the quality of sustainability indicators and contribute to the development of a suitable methodology for that. We start with a broad review of the vast body of work in this field – in both practice and academic research. We show that both scientists and practitioners...
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A novel toolkit has been developed, using an original approach to develop its components, for the purpose of evaluating 'soft' outcomes and processes that have previously been generally considered 'intangible': those which are specifically values based. This represents a step-wise, significant, change in provision for the assessment of values-based...
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The article deals with the historical development of material use in the Bohemia and Moravia-Silesia/Czechoslovakia in 1855–2007. We calculate domestic material consumption (DMC), an indicator based on the concept of socio-economic metabolism and economy-wide material flow analysis, and relate it to various socio-economic factors such as changes in...
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This paper focuses on the development of environment-related phenomena in the Czech Republic and in some other Central European countries since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. It demonstrates that despite the dreadful shared legacy of the totalitarian period, these countries have made great efforts in a number of fields and they have achieved...
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The concept of sustainable development from 1980 to the present has evolved into definitions of the three pillars of sustainability (social, economic and environmental). The recent economic and financial crisis has helped to newly define economic sustainability. It has brought into focus the economic pillar and cast a question mark over the sustain...
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Článek se zaměřuje na přístupy, jimiž jsou monitorovány a vyhodnocovány vzdělávací aspekty v koncepci udržitelného rozvoje a vzdělávání pro udržitelný rozvoj na mezinárodní úrovni. Na základě obsahové analýzy řady dokumentů vztahujících se jak ke koncepci udržitelného rozvoje, tak ke koncepci vzdělávání pro udržitelný rozvoj, a sad indikátorů, kter...
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This descriptive report outlines an innovative project in which Earth Charter International is actively involved. The project aims to develop approaches, indicators and tools for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to be able to measure values-based aspects and impacts of their work at the project level. Many CSOs have an intuitive feeling that thei...
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This article deals with regional material flows and the related environmental pressures and impacts in the Czech Republic. We assess the regional domestic extraction used for groups of materials (DE) such as biomass, fossil fuels, non-metallic minerals and metal ores and examine the inter-regional trade in these materials in terms of physical impor...
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1st ed. Přeloženo z češtiny? Pod názvem: Government Council for Sustainable Development, Ministry of the Environment 1500 výt.
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Material and energy flows (together with human appropriation of land) are considered the key cause of environmental problems. This paper describes the application of economy-wide material flow accounting and analysis to the economy of the Czech Republic for 1990-2002. The results show a decrease of material intensity and decoupling of the economic...
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This article examines the development of material consumption in three transition economies during the years 1990–2002. We compare the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland and benchmark their material consumption against average values for the 15 member states of the European Union (formation as of 1995) representing a typical market economy. The ar...
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Net additions to stock (NAS) are an indicator based on economy-wide material flow accounting and analysis. NAS, a measure of the physical growth rate of an economy, can be used for estimates of future waste flows. It is calculated using two methods: The indirect method of calculation is a simple difference between all input and output flows, wherea...
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Tomáš Hák Recenze článku: MURGAŠ, František. Axiologické hľadanie zmyslu kvality života a návrh indikátorov ako jeho výsledok. Envigogika [online]. 2007, roč. 2, č. 2 [cit. 2007-08-31]. Dostupný z WWW: . ISSN 1802-3061.
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While the concept of sustainability has been widely embraced, it has been only vaguely defined and is exceedingly difficult to measure. Sustainability indicators are critical to making the broad concept of sustainability operational by providing specific measures by which decision makers and the public can judge progress. Sustainability Indicators...
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The former communist country witnessed remarkable improvements in environmental quality in the 1990s, and they have had a lasting effect.
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The relationship between the environmental and economic domains has attracted researchers and politicians for at least several decades [Boulding, K., 1966. The economics of the coming spaceship earth. In: Boulding. K., et al. (Eds.), Environmental Quality in Growing Economy. Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Marylang; Meadows, D.H., Meadows, D.L...
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Introducing and developing patterns of sustainable mobility is one of the key challenges for both the developed and less-developed countries. There exist various scientific approaches to assess the problem of sustainable mobility. One of them is the concept of automobile dependency. According to Litman (1999), “automobile dependency” is a situation...
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The EU recently emphasised the need to speed up the pace of reforms to improve the state of the environment both in Europe and internationally. This becomes in particular challenging, as the "Lisbon Strategy" defines the general goal of an annual economic growth rate of 3%. Decoupling of economic growth from the use of natural resources and the pro...
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The economy and the environment are connected through material and energy flows. These flows are the key cause of environmental problems (together with land use and other biological and social factors) and can serve as an indirect indicator of pressure on the environment. The leading method for assessing material flows and dematerialisation at a ma...
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1. vyd. Pod názvem: Rada vlády pro udržitelný rozvoj, Ministerstvo životního prostředí 2000 výt.
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1. vyd. Pod názvem: Rada vlády pro udržitelný rozvoj, Ministerstvo životního prostředí 2000 výt.

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Project funded by the European Union looking at the barriers to, and opportunities for the use of Beyond GDP indicators in policy (October 2011 to April 2014). Tasks included: - cataloguing the reservoir of Beyond GDP indicators, - identifying the factors which have made some initiatives more successful than others, - exploring the demand, or lack of demand, for Beyond GDP indicators, - conducting seven case studies working with promoters of Beyond GDP indicators and the people who might use those indicators, to identify the barriers to their use and how these might be overcome.