TISSUE collected, compared and assessed existing sets of indicators to determine whether they are able to provide the information needed to monitor developments at the local level on the trends defined. The objective was to assess the urban sustainability indicators in terms of usability and validity. The focus was on indicators that are able to monitor urban development trends at the EU level. The objective was also to identify gabs in existing indicators sets from the perspective of the EU thematic strategy and to provide recommendations about possible ways to achieve a comprehensive set of indicators.


The results of indicators analyses are shown in:

Monitoring the EU thematic strategy on sustainable development of the urban environment: appropriateness of existing indicator sets at the EU, national and regional level

The purpose of the assessment of existing sets of indicators was to enable the development of the TISSUE indicator set. The assessment was done in terms of usability and validity. The work started with collection of sets of indicators. The information was saved into the TISSUE internet browser. Sets of indicators were described according to the following outline:


-  Name of the indicators system

-  Description and aims: brief description of the set and the project or initiative that has developed the system

-  Main developer name

-  Other developer names 

-  Type of developer: the choice is between European level, national level, EU-25 and regional level 

-  Area of application: the choice is between international level, all the European territory, only in the national territory and at regional level 

-  Main focus of the indicators set: it indicates which trends and concerns of the following TISSUE relevant issues is addressed by the indicators belonging to the set: 

a)  Sustainable Urban Transport (Pressure trends)  

b)  Sustainable Urban Construction (Pressure trends)  

c)  Sustainable Urban Design (Pressure trends)  

d)  Quality of Urban Environment (State trends)  

e)  Healthy living environment (State trends)  

f)   Environmental performance (State trends)  

g)  Sustainable Urban Management (Response trends)  

-  Users of the indicator set  


-  Cities: the choice is between professionals/scientists, government European, government national, government regional, government local and private businesses

-  City size: the number of cities for each of the following population classes: small (less than 100,000), medium (between 100,000 and 500,000), large (between 500,000 and 1,000,000) and very large (more than 1,000,000)

-  Location of cities included: the number of cities for each of the country represented 

  Further information

a)  References

b)  Reference web address

c)  Remarks: any other useful information; this section also contains the name of the cities that 
  have implemented the set, when this information is available

d)  Member of consortium: name of the person that has inputted the information

e)  Date: date of the last modify done to the datasheet

Individual indicators datasheet contains the following information:

-  Name

-  Definition

-  Unit: unit of measurement


TISSUE browser shows the collected sets of indicators: