Quotation Steinmann, Zoran, Schipper, Aafke, Hauck, Mara, Giljum, Stefan, Wernet, Gregor, Huijbregts, Mark. 2017. Resource Footprints are Good Proxies of Environmental Damage. Environmental Science and Technology 51 (11), 6360-6366.


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Environmental footprints are increasingly used to quantify and compare environmental impacts of for example products, technologies, households, or nations. This has resulted in a multitude of footprint indicators, ranging from relatively simple measures of resource use (water, energy, materials) to integrated measures of eventual damage (for example, extinction of species). Yet, the possible redundancies among these different footprints have not yet been quantified. This paper analyzes the relationships between two comprehensive damage footprints and four resource footprints associated with 976 products. The resource footprints accounted for >90% of the variation in the damage footprints. Human health damage was primarily associated with the energy footprint, via emissions resulting from fossil fuel combustion. Biodiversity damage was mainly related to the energy and land footprints, the latter being mainly determined by agriculture and forestry. Our results indicate that relatively simple resource footprints are highly representative of damage to human health and biodiversity.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Environmental Science and Technology
Citation Index SCI
WU-Journal-Rating new WH-B
Language English
Title Resource Footprints are Good Proxies of Environmental Damage
Volume 51
Number 11
Year 2017
Page from 6360
Page to 6366
Reviewed? Y
URL http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.est.7b00698
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.7b00698

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Giljum, Stefan (Details)
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Hauck, Mara (TNO, Netherlands)
Huijbregts, Mark (Radboud University, Netherlands)
Schipper, Aafke (PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, Netherlands)
Steinmann, Zoran (Radboud University, Netherlands)
Wernet, Gregor (Ecoinvent, Switzerland)
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Institute for Ecological Economics IN (Details)
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