Compression of diversity of meaning of sustainable development
Absence of higher-order thinking on sustainability
Sustainable development is about many things which are not directly comparable. For example, it is not possible to quantitatively weigh development against health and environment. The dilemma is that a field between elements that have different measures, and apparently do not belong together, cannot be balanced. This means that the incapability to balance incompatible issues renders current concepts of sustainability inadequate.
The [Maastricht Treaty] of the European Union does not codify sustainable development, only "sustainable growth respecting the environment".