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Benchmarking South East European Cities with the Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems Index

Journal of Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems
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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13044/j.sdewes.d5.0179 (registered soon)
Şiir Kilkiş
The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK), Atatürk Bulvarı No: 221, Kavaklıdere 06100, Ankara, Turkey

Tools that can benchmark cities, including cities in South East Europe, are necessary to enable the comparison and diffusion of more sustainable practices for urban systems.
The sustainable development of energy, water and environment systems index provides a composite indicator for benchmarking city performance based on 7 dimensions and 35 main indicators. In this research work, the sustainable development of energy, water and environment systems index is applied to a new sample of 18 cities in South East Europe for which data is collected, normalized, and aggregated. Klagenfurt (3.08), Velenje (3.06), and Pécs (3.01) are found to be the top three cities in the sample while an average city receives an index score of 2.85. The results are further compared to reference averages and evaluated based on the mean simulated values of 10,000 Monte Carlo experiments. The results are interpreted in quartiles for pioneering, transitioning, solution-seeking, and challenged cities. The results are then applied within a sustainable development of energy, water and environment systems index benchmarking tool for policy learning to trigger collaboration between cities and used to match cities according to a search algorithm based on performance. In addition, the results are compared to urban hierarchy and development contexts and mapped onto the spatial dimension as an initial step for enabling a sustainable development of energy, water and environment systems future city network. The paper concludes with a set of four proposed steps to enable decision-makers and urban planners to use the sustainable development of energy, water and environment systems index in support of more sustainable urban systems.

Keywords: Energy, Water, Environment systems, City index, Composite indicator, Urban systems.

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