Indicators for Sustainable Cities


Science for Environment Policy, IN-DEPTH REPORT: Indicators for Sustainable Cities
November 2015, Issue 12
European Commission

“Urban sustainability indicators are tools that allow city planners, city managers and policymakers
to gauge the socio-economic and environmental impact of, for example, current urban designs,
infrastructures, policies, waste disposal systems, pollution and access to services by citizens. They
allow for the diagnosis of problems and pressures, and thus the identification of areas that would profit
from being addressed through good governance and science-based responses. They also allow cities to
monitor the success and impact of sustainability interventions”