London Sustainable Development Commission (LSDC)

London Sustainable Development Commission (LSDC)

United Kingdom

Client London Sustainable Development Commission (LSDC)
Client Sectors Urban Development and Infrastructure
Services Decision Analysis, Sustainability


Golder was engaged by the London Sustainable Development Commission (LSDC) in the United Kingdom to determine the financial and non-financial benefits of taking an integrated, sustainable approach to projects as part of their 'Sustainability Challenge London' initiative.

LSDC wanted to ascertain how "Virtuous Cycle Thinking", in which environmental, social, and economic benefits flow from each other to improve quality of life now and in the future, would help public sector decision makers in their approach to policies and projects in London.

Our Role

Golder research involved a broad initial scoping and screening exercise of a variety of sustainable cities initiatives and policy from across the globe and in London, selecting two case studies for further research.

We developed a multi-criteria analysis based on the LSDC's sustainability indicators, and used it to assess the selected case studies. This enabled the relative significance and magnitude of the sustainability impacts of each case study to be compared against what would have happened if the project had not taken place. This allowed costs and benefits to be determined.

Golder summarised its work in a publication on behalf of the LSDC. The recommendations and findings of Golder's work will feed into high level "Challenge London" documents which are planned to result in a number of pilot sustainable city initiatives to be undertaken across London.