Carbon Footprint: Can it be used as proxy for representing environmental sustainability of urban consumption?

Pradip Kalbar

Centre for Urban Science and Engineering (CUSE), Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Pradip Kalbar was awarded PhD in Environmental Science and Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), Mumbai. Presently, he works as Assistant Professor at the Centre for Urban Science and Engineering (CUSE) at IITB. Prior to joining IITB as faculty, Pradip worked for two-years as postdoctoral researcher at the Division for Quantitative Sustainability Assessment, Dept. of Management Engineering, Technical University of Denmark (DTU). The postdoctoral fellowship was awarded under HC Ørsted Postdoc Fellowship program Co-funded by Marie Curie Actions Program of EU.  His area of research includes applying environmental sustainability assessment tools (LCA, MFA, Multiple Criteria Decision Making) to Urban Systems, Cities, Buildings, Infrastructures, lifestyles and technologies. He is the Member of the taskforce on LCIA guidance on cross-cutting issues – UNEP/SETAC LC Initiative. Pradip has authored two book chapters and published several scientific papers in peer reviewed international journals and conferences. He also has wide industrial and consulting experience in the area of water sector, urban waste management and environmental sustainability.


The trend towards use of Carbon footprint (CFP) to represent overall environmental sustainability is increasing. However, until now it is not known whether it is really rational to use CFP to use for such representative... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Pradip Kalbar (Centre for Urban Science and Engineering (CUSE), Indian Institute of Technology Bombay)
  2. Morten Birkved (Technical University of Denmark)
  3. Subhankar Karmakar (Centre for Environmental Science and Engineering (CUSE), Indian Institute of Technology Bombay)
  4. Simon Elsborg Nygaard (Aarhus University)
  5. Michael Hauschild (Technical University of Denmark)

Topic Areas

• Complexity, resilience and sustainability , • Sustainability and resilience metrics , • Sustainable urban systems


TS-6 » Footprint studies (09:45 - Tuesday, 27th June, Room I)



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