Stage 1 of the project has reviewed the origins of the notion of sustainability. Sustainable development is often traced back to the 1987 Brundtland report which defined sustainability as:
“Economic and social development that meets the needs of the current generation without undermining the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”
Our Common Future/Brundtland Report
World Commission on Environment and Development
However, notion of limited resources and a sustainable population go as far back as the 1700s and Thomas Malthus’ ‘An essay on the principle of population’.
A sustainability timeline has been developed charting key events and publications marking the evolution of sustainable development notions, particularly in the UK context.
Final Report - Sustainability appraisal final report (PDF file - opens in new window)
Final Report Annex - Annex to the final report (PDF file - opens in new window)
Appraisal of Sustainability - the appraisal framework (PDF file - opens in new window)
Annex A - Environment Indicators (PDF file - opens in new window)
Annex B - Economy Indicators (PDF file - opens in new window)
Progress in assessing the sustainability of transport strategies – submitted to the World Conference on Transport Research, June 2007
Selecting and Applying Indicators for Transport Project Appraisal – presented at the 86th Annual Meeting of the Transportation research Board, Washington DC, 23/01/07
An assessment and critique of capabilities for examining the long-term social sustainability of transport and land-use strategies (Lucas, K., Marsden, G., Brookes, M. and Kimble, M.) – presented at the 84th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington D.C., 11/01/05