What is an ecological footprint?

The ecological footprint was developed by Mathis Wackernagel and William Rees in the mid-1990s and it has since been implemented as an indicator for sustainability. It represents the demands made on the ecosystem and natural resources.

The ecological footprint indicates how many hectares of forest, pasture, farmland and marine land are needed to renew the resources consumed and absorb the waste products produced. It enables us to compare the effects of our current consumption with the earth's available resources. The consumption behaviour of the world population is currently causing a total deficit, which means that humanity would need 1.7 Earths to regenerate the resources it consumes.The footprints of most Western European countries are usually above average, and an overview can be found on the map of the Global Footprint Network.

The ecological footprint can be calculated at all levels, be it for selected activities, individuals, companies, communities, cities or countries. Unlike the CO₂ footprint, the ecological footprint considers other environmental influences in addition to CO₂ emissions.

Source: footprintnetwork.org, Wackernagel/Beyers 2010: The Ecological Footprint


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