Hák, T., Janoušková, S., & Moldan, B. (2016). Sustainable Development Goals: A need for relevant indicators. Ecological Indicators, 60, 565-573.

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 new ideas. A critical review has revealed that indicators of varied quality (in terms of the fulfilment certain criteria) have been proposed to assess sustainable development. Despite the fact that there is plenty of theoretical work on quality standards for indicators, in practice users cannot often be sure how adequately the indicators measure the monitored phenomena. Therefore we stress the need to operationalise the Sustainable Development Goals’ targets and evaluate the indicators’ relevance, the characteristic of utmost importance among the indicators’ quality traits. The current format of the proposed SDGs and their targets has laid a policy framework; however, without thorough expert and scientific follow up on their operationalisation the indicators may be ambiguous. Therefore we argue for the foundation of a conceptual framework for selecting appropriate indicators for targets from existing sets or formulating new ones. Experts should focus on the “indicator-indicated fact” relation to ensure the indicators’ relevance in order for clear, unambiguous messages to be conveyed to users (decision- and policy-makers and also the lay public). Finally we offer some recommendations for indicators providers in order to contribute to the tremendous amount of conceptual work needed to lay a strong foundation for the development of the final indicators framework.

Recent publications

Helena Medková, David Vačkář, Jan Weinzettel: Appropriation of potential net primary production by cropland in terrestrial ecoregions, Journal of Cleaner ProductionVolume 150, 1 May 2017, Pages 294–300 - available online: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1UhaW3QCo9NBav

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Ščasný, M., Zvěřinová, I., Czajkowski, M., Kyselá, E., Zagórska, K. (2016) Public Acceptability of Climate Change Mitigation Policies: A Discrete Choice Experiment. Cimate Policy, December 2016, 1-20. 
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14693062.2016.1248888?scroll=top&needAccess=true

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Holm, T., Sammalisto, K., Caeiro, S., Rieckmann, M., Dlouhá, J., Wright, T., ... & Lozano, R. (2016). Developing sustainability into a golden thread throughout all levels of education. Journal of Cleaner Production, 117, 1-3. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.01.016

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Dlouhá, J., & Burandt, S. (2015). Design and evaluation of learning processes in an international sustainability oriented study programme. In search of a new educational quality and assessment method. Journal of Cleaner Production,106, 247-258. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2014.09.096

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Jan Urban, Milan Ščasný: Structure of Domestic Energy Saving: How Many Dimensions? Environment and Behavior April 2016 48: 454-481,  http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0013916514547081

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L. Rečka, M. Ščasný, Impacts of carbon pricing, brown coal availability and gas cost on Czech energy system up to 2050, Energy, Volume 108, 1 August 2016, Pages 19-33, ISSN 0360-5442, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2015.12.003.

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Hák, Oulehlová, Janoušková a kol: Environmentální bezpečnost (2015). EKOPRESS, 150 s. ISBN: 978-80-87865-19-4 (http://www.ekopress.cz/)

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Hák, T., Janoušková, S., & Moldan, B. (2016). Sustainable Development Goals: A need for relevant indicators. Ecological Indicators, 60, 565-573.

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Dlouhá, J., & Burandt, S. (2015). Design and evaluation of learning processes in an international sustainability oriented study programme. In search of a new educational quality and assessment method. Journal of Cleaner Production, 106, 247–258. Full text/Plný text - available here/Dostupný zde.

UE4SD (2015) Leading Practice Publication: Professional development of university educators on Education for Sustainable Development in European countries. Editors: Kapitulčinová, D., Dlouhá, J., Ryan, A., Dlouhý, J., Barton, A., Mader, M., Tilbury, D., Mulà, I., Benayas, J., Alba, D., Mader, C., Michelsen, G., Vintar Mally, K. Charles University in Prague, Prague, 136 pp. Kniha je dostupná/Book is available online zde/online here

Syrovátka, M., & Hák, T. (2015). Measuring Rich-Country Policies Toward the Global Environment: A Critical Analysis of the Environmental Component of the Commitment to Development Index. The Journal of Environment & Development, 24(1), 105-128. - abstrakt článku/article abstract

Hák, T., Janoušková, S., Whitby, A., Abdallah, S., & Kovanda, J. (2015). Indicator Policy Factsheets: A Knowledge Brokerage Tool. Sustainability, 7(3), 3414-34 - plný text článku/full text of the article

West, J., Schandl, H., Krausmann, F., Kovanda, J., & Hak, T. (2014). Patterns of change in material use and material efficiency in the successor states of the former Soviet Union. Ecological Economics, 105, 211-219 - plný text článku/full text of the article

Ščasný M., Zvěřinová I. (2014) Stated preference study to examine the economic value of benefits of avoiding selected adverse human health outcomes due to exposure to chemicals in the European Union. Service contract for the European Chemicals Agency No. ECHA/2011/123 FD7. Final Report Part II:Fertility and Developmental Toxicity. Odkaz na článek/full text of the article

Zvěřinová I., Ščasný M., Kyselá E. (2014) What Influences Public Acceptance of the Current Policies to Reduce GHG Emissions? WP2 Deliverable 2.5. Prague, Charles University Environment Centre. odkaz na článek/full text of the article

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