Sustainability assessment is the systematic analysis of environmental, social, and economic aspects of complex socio-technical problems. It aims to help decision-makers at different levels make informed choices that promote environmental protection, social well-being, and economic viability over the long term.
- The environmental pillar focuses on the preservation, conservation, and responsible management of natural resources and ecosystems and minimize negative environmental impacts of economic activities such as air, water, and soil pollution and biodiversity loss. The European Union (EU) has developed various legislation and methods for environmental assessment to ensure integration of environmental considerations into its development plans. YAGHMA guides the environmental sustainability of projects by engaging in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), framing customized standards and certification systems, creating assessment frameworks, and innovating digital tools.
- The circular economy (CE) is a sustainable economic model aimed at minimizing waste and promoting the efficient use of resources. The four key circular actions are Narrow (use less), Slow (use longer), Regenerate (make clean), and Cycle (use again). The European Union has been actively working to contribute to and promote the circular economy through different initiatives such as Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP), Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), and Digital Product Passport (DPP). Circularity assessment is a process used to evaluate the degree to which a product, system, or organization adheres to circular economy principles. YAGHMA actively participate in circularity assessment across various domains and scales, such as bio-based industries and manufacturing. This involvement encloses formulating circularity metrics, establishing product information systems, and developing monitoring and self-assessment tools.
- The social pillar of sustainability, also known as the “people” or “social” dimension, focuses on addressing social and human concerns to ensure the well-being, equality, and quality of life for current and future generations. Social sustainability assessment methods are tools and approaches used to evaluate and measure the social impacts and performance of organizations, projects, and policies. YAGHMA utilizes a variety of procedures and methods to evaluate the social sustainability of technological innovations. These approaches encompass social Life Cycle Assessment , stakeholder analysis, materiality assessment, and ecosystem analysis.