Environmental footprint family to address local to planetary sustainability and deliver on the SDGs

Vanham, Davy and Leip, Adrian and Galli, Alessandro and Kastner, Thomas and Bruckner, Martin ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1405-7951 and Uwizeye, Aimable and van Dijk, Kimo and Ercin, Ertug and Dalin, Carole and Brandão, Miguel and Bastianoni, Simone and Fang, Kai and Leach, Allison and Chapagain, Ashok and Van der Velde, Marijn and Sala, Serenella and Pant, Rana and Mancini, Lucia and Monforti-Ferrario, Fabio and Carmona-Garcia, Gema and Marques, Alexandra and Weiss, Franz and Hoekstra, Arjen Y. (2019) Environmental footprint family to address local to planetary sustainability and deliver on the SDGs. Science of The Total Environment, 693. p. 133642. ISSN 00489697

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Abstract

The number of publications on environmental footprint indicators has been growing rapidly, but with limited efforts to integrate different footprints into a coherent framework. Such integration is important for comprehensive understanding of environmental issues, policy formulation and assessment of trade-offs between different environmental concerns. Here, we systematize published footprint studies and define a family of footprints that can be used for the assessment of environmental sustainability. We identify overlaps between different footprints and analyse how they relate to the nine planetary boundaries and visualize the crucial information they provide for local and planetary sustainability. In addition, we assess how the footprint family delivers on measuring progress towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), considering its ability to quantify environmental pressures along the supply chain and relating them to the water-energy-food-ecosystem (WEFE) nexus and ecosystem services. We argue that the footprint family is a flexible framework where particular members can be included or excluded according to the context or area of concern. Our paper is based upon a recent workshop bringing together global leading experts on existing environmental footprint indicators.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Footprint, Environmental Footprint, Environmental footprint assessment, Family, Footprint Family, Planetary boundaries
Version of the Document: Published
Depositing User: ePub Administrator
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2019 12:35
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2019 14:53
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FIDES Link: https://bach.wu.ac.at/d/research/results/91661/
URI: https://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/7081

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