FEEM working papers "Note di lavoro" series
2019 .018

Italian Cities SDGs Composite Index: A Methodological Approach to Measure the Agenda 2030 at Urban Level

Authors: Luca Farnia, Laura Cavalli, Sergio Vergalli
Series: Economics for Sustainability
Editor: Sergio Vergalli
Type: Journal
Keywords: SDGs, Composite Index, Weighting, Correlation, Spectral Value Decomposition, Principal Component
JEL n.: C4, O18, Q56
Published in: Sustainability 2019, 11, 4598, https://doi.org/10.3390/su11174598


In this paper we calculate the Italian Cities Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Composite Index potentially useful for policy analysis and dissemination of sustainable development at local level in Italy. Structured into several dimensions representing 16 out of 17 SDGs adopted by the United Nations at the end of September 2015, the index merges 53 available economic, social and environmental elementary indicators into a single composite dimension, highlighting a geographical and demographic heterogeneity within the country. By using the Spectral Value Decomposition technique, the index offers an urban focus of sustainability, showing some differences among the goals and the cities of Italy. Finally, it identifies the Goal concerning quality education and decent work and economic growth as the main key Goals for sustainability.


Suggested citation: Farnia, L.; Cavalli, L.; Lizzi, G.; Vergalli, S. Methodological Insights to Measure the Agenda 2030 at Urban Level in Italy. Sustainability 2019, 11, 4598.

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