Urban metabolism assessment tools for resource efficient urban infrastructure

Title
Urban metabolism assessment tools for resource efficient urban infrastructure
Author(s)
Blake Robinson
Josephine Kaviti Musango
Mark Swilling
Simon Joss
Sasha Mentz Lagrange
Year
2013
Source
UNEP
Abstract
Report prepared by UNEP as part of the 2013 Comprehensive Review of the Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities

In cooperation with researchers at the Sustainability Institute and University of Westminster

Blake Robinson, Josephine Musango, Mark Swilling, Simon Joss and Sasha Mentz Lagrange
Our comments
This document contains a very thorough and up-to-date review of urban metabolism assessment tools. These are the main sections in the report:

Section 1: Review of urban metabolic flow analysis methodologies
Section 2: Review of resource efficiency indicators
Section 3: Proposed process and tools for urban resource efficiency

The methodologies discussed include:

- Material Flow Analysis
- Input-output analysis
- Ecological Footprint Analysis
- Life Cycle Assessment
- System dynamics
- Agent-based modelling
- Hybrid MFA methodologies

Included as well is an Urban metabolism gap analysis and a Rapid Assessment Toolkit.

Even the annexes provide useful information including an extensive list of MFA studies that have been undertaken on city and city-region level.

Please note that this document has not been published online, but the authors have made a copy available on request. To request a copy, please write info@metabolismofcities.org or contact us through the Contact page.

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