Environmental accounting on a communal level: A tool to support environmental management and decision-making by communal executives.

Abstract

Starting from an ecological perspective of urban-industrial areas, environmental accounting is used to analyse and to evaluate which environmental impacts are the result of communal activities (e.g. the results of different kinds of water supply systems). Therefore, the anthropogenic fluxes, the changing quality of areas as well as the processes between the environmental fields are taken into account. The approach is based on methodical elements of te Life Cycle Analysis and the Environmental Impact Assessment. Looking at the 'urban systems' within the communal activities, 'ecological modelling' gives us a new and fuller picture of the spatial and temporal character of urban metabolism. The approach supports the perception of cumulative effects and the postponement of environmental problems and opens new horizons for process-oriented environmental planning within the community. Greater efficiency and a decrease in costs can be arrived at by leaving 'end of the pipe' strategies; opportunities for a better planning process and measures for different individuals and organisations can be drawn up. A data base which acts as a 'support system' implements the computer-aided approach to environmental accounting.

DOI: 10.1007/BF02987622

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@article{Kroeger1999EnvironmentalAO, title={Environmental accounting on a communal level: A tool to support environmental management and decision-making by communal executives.}, author={Gretchen Kroeger and Julia Pietsch and K Ufermann}, journal={Environmental science and pollution research international}, year={1999}, volume={6 3}, pages={170-4} }