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.

An ecological footprint can be calculated at any level, whether it be for activities, private individuals, companies, communities, cities or countries. In contrast to the carbon footprint, the ecological footprint takes other natural resources into account in addition to CO2 emissions. 

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

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