Social sustainability

The overall objective of this task is to propose a methodology analysing the social dimension of sustainability of biomass systems. It would be included as additional criteria for the optimization. Social aspects assessed will include direct and indirect impacts of the supply chain activities on economy and job creation. Project partners will also analyse social sustainability and innovative capacity from economic, cultural and social capital perspective.

Due to current economic crisis, the social acceptability of the project depends on the impact that such activity will have on economy and creation of new employment opportunities. Therefore, it is relevant to evaluate both the direct and indirect effects on the economy.

Other impacts such as quality of life (health, housing, education, safety), equity, diversity, social mixing cohesion, participation and governance and maturity (i.e. the extent to which individuals and institutions accept responsibility for growth and improvement) will be assessed.

Expected outcome:

  1. The description of methodology for the assessment of socio-economic impact and social sustainability and innovative capacity
  2. Application of the methodology to selected two cases studies in order to assess:
  3. Number of jobs (direct and indirect) created in the economy due to the new studied activities/project,
  4. Increase in the demand of goods and services (direct and indirect) in the economy associated to the new studied activities/project.
  5. Multiplier effect associated to the studied new activities/project,
  6. Social impacts (quality of life, equity, diversity, social mixing/cohesion, participation and governance, maturity) and innovative capacity,

Innovative capacity and wider socio-cultural impacts based on stakeholder relations and perceptions