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Performance indicator for Sustainable Development Projects mentioned in DPE guidelines

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For each project activity as included in scheduled A and scheduled B (Refer table 1), corresponding performance indicator(s) will be identified, monitored and measured to gauge the actual performance of the project that has been taken.  There will be three types of indicators i.e. (1) Environmental Condition Indicators (Ambient) (ECI), (2) Operational performance Indicators (OPI) and (3) Management Performance Indicators (MPI). The details are given below;

Table 1: Performance indicator

Sr. NoPerformance indicators Detailed information
 1Environmental Condition Indicators (Ambient)(ECI)Indicators that influence the local, regional, national or global condition of the environment, ecology and energy
 2Operational performance Indicators (OPI)Indicators that impact the following;

  • Inputs of materials, energy and services
  • Design, installation, operation and maintenance of the  facilities and equipment
  • Outputs of products, services, wastes and emissions (recycled, reused materials, etc.)
 3Management Performance Indicators (MPI)Indicators that are based on:

  • Implementation of policies and programmes (trainings)
  • Resource allocation & efficient utilization
  • Financial performances (environmental cost management)
  • Community relations (interaction on environmental issues)


Table 2: Sustainability projects under schedule A and their evaluation criteria

Sr. No. Sustainability Project Categories – Schedule A


Evaluation  criteria/Performance indicators

 1Waste ManagementObjective: To reduce hazardous waste generationConcentration of toxic contaminants in waste outlet  streamPercentage of targets to achieving project objective that  have been successful as plannedAmount of hazardous waste produced per unit of product
 2Water ManagementObjective: To reduce water consumptionConcentration of contaminants in water inlet to plantCost of water savings after implementation of project/activity to achieve objectivewater consumption per unit of product
 3Energy ManagementObjective: To increase energy efficiencyNot applicableNumber of persons trained in implementing Energymanagement Systems in the plantEnergy used annually per unit of product
 4Renewable energyObjective: To promote utilization of renewable energyNot applicablePercentage of total electricity used from renewable energy either through purchase of RE or RECResource allocation for setting up of RE generation projects and/or voluntary procurement of RECs
 5Biodiversity ConservationObjective: To implement initiatives to protect a particular animal species in the vicinity of plantPopulation of specific animal species within a defined areaNot applicablePercentage of initiatives targets that have been achieved
 6Material & Natural Resource ManagementObjective: To implement initiatives to ensure the soil quality in the surrounding area of plantContaminant Concentration in soilNot applicablePercentage of initiatives targets that have been achieved

Note: Performance indicators will be assessed against the targets set by CPSE

Table 3: Sustainability projects under schedule B and their evaluation criteria

Sr. NoSustainability Project CategoriesEvaluation  criteria/ Performance indicators
Schedule B
 1Carbon Management(1) Environmental Condition Indicators (Ambient) (ECI),(2) Operational performance Indicators (OPI) and(3) Management Performance Indicators (MPI)
 2Supply Chain
 3External Charters/ Mandate
 4Life Cycle Analysis
 5SD Reporting (Read more on sustainability reporting based on GRI guidelines in India)

These criteria are aligned with DPE 2012-13 guidelines.

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Shailesh is post graduate in Environment Management from Forest Research Institute (FRI) University, Dehradun, India. Presently he is working in the areas of Environmental and Renewable Energy Advisory Services. He has started GreenCleanGuide.com during his college days.

6 Replies to “Performance indicator for Sustainable Development Projects mentioned in DPE guidelines

  1. Is this article completely based on the old guidelines? since there are many changes in the revised one which is effective from 1st April 2013.

    1. In your old comment, you have mentioned that, there are many changes in the revised guidelines which are effective from 1st April 2013.I thought you must be having these guidelines with you. Do check it on DPE website. It’s readily available there.

      1. Of course, i have gone through the guidelines which i was talking about but i could see the difference in the indicators from the revised guidelines. since you have mentioned that the performance indicators are nearly same, i just wanted to confirm.

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