Integrating Economics with a Strategic Sustainable Planning Method; To enhance decision making processes.

The complexity of environmental, social, economical, and technological objectives creates a challenge for decision makers when prioritizing the right measures that will move a project or organization toward sustainability at least cost. Currently there are methods or tools available to assist in this decision making and through a strategic approach potentially enhance the process. The focus of this thesis is to evaluate how the quantitative nature of economic detail as a tool which has been informed by a strategic sustainable framework can contribute to the complex decision making process for sustainable development when prioritizing measures. A two- step matrix format is used to represent the proposed approach…


1 Introduction
1.1 The Concept of Sustainable Development
1.2 Prioritizing Measures for Sustainable Development: Energy Sector
1.3 Prioritizing Measures
1.4 Conceptual Framework for the Thesis
1.5 Research Questions
1.6 Research Partners
2 Research Methods
2.1 Analysis of Municipality Perspectives
2.2 Application of the ABCD Analysis “Step D” and Economic detail
2.3 Scope and Limitations
3 Prioritizing Measures in Sustainable Development
3.1 Concept of prioritizing sustainable measures
3.2 The 5 level framework
3.2.1 The 5 Level Framework – for strategic sustainable development
3.2.2 The ABCD Analysis and Backcasting
3.2.3 The “D” Step: Prioritizing Measures
3.3 Economic detail
3.3.1 Prioritizing Measures through efficient and sustainable
3.3.2 The Economic detail -Optimizing solutions
4 District Heat
4.1 District Heat Defined –Technical Terms
4.1.1 The Supply of Heat: Production
4.1.2 Heat Demand: Consumption
4.2 Sweden’s Initiatives
4.3 European Union Directives
4.4 Affarsverken: Brief Business Overview
4.5 Karlskrona District Heat
4.6 Description of Current Operations
4.6.1 Supply of Heat: Production
4.6.2 Distribution
4.6.3 Heat Demand: Consumption
4.7 Description of Proposed Business Operations
4.7.1 Cogeneration and Expansion
5 Method used to explain proposed approach in district heat
6 Results
6.1 Proposed approach explained through district heat issues
6.1.1 Discussion of results of district heat issues when
applying the proposed approach
7 Discussion
7.1 Summary of findings
7.2 Proposed approach in context of previous work
8 Conclusions
9 Appendices

Author: Kathleen A. Abel

Source: Blekinge Institute of Technology

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