Design of an sustainable-development synthetic index and its implementation to the EU

Fernando I. González Laxe, Federico G. Martín Palmero


This article establishes the methodological foundations by designing a global synthetic index of sustainable development which fulfils three conditions: it adapts to the principles of Pressure - State - Response, it adopts the mandates established in Local Agenda 21 and adapts to the four components or basic dimensions of sustainability: institutional, environmental, economic and social. The synthetic index is constructed using the aforesaid methodology and based on the calculations of 78 variables, 37 sub-indicators and 13 indicators, gathered the latter in the previously mentioned four dimensions and subsequently applying this index to the EU countries.


Natural Resources; Environment; Sustainable Development; European Union

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Q5, R1.

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