Title: Environmental footprint family to address local to planetary sustainability and deliver on the SDGs
Authors: VANHAM DAVYLEIP ADRIANGALLI ALESSANDROKASTNER THOMASBRUCKNER MARTINUWIZEYE AIMABLEVAN DIJK KIMOERCIN ERTUGDALIN CAROLEBRANDAO MIGUELBASTIANONI SFANG KAILEACH ALLISONCHAPAGAIN ASHOKVAN DER VELDE MARIJNSALA SERENELLAPANT RANAMANCINI LUCIAMONFORTI-FERRARIO FABIOCARMONA GARCIA GEMAPENEDO DE SOUSA MARQUES ALEXANDRAWEISS FRANZHOEKSTRA ARJEN Y.
Citation: SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT vol. 693 p. 113642
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Publication Year: 2019
JRC N°: JRC116501
ISSN: 0048-9697 (online)
URI: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969719335673?via%3Dihub
https://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC116501
DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.133642
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
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.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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