Quotation Vanham, Davy, Leip, Adrian, Galli, Alessandro, Kastner, Thomas, Bruckner, Martin, Uwizeye, Aimable, van Dijk, Kimo, Ercin, Ertug, Dalin, Carole, Brandão, Miguel, Bastianoni, Simone, Fang, Kai, Leach, Allison, Chapagain, Ashok, Van der Velde, Marijn, Sala, Serenella, Pant, Rana, Mancini, Lucia, Monforti-Ferrario, Fabio, Carmona-Garcia, Gema, Marques, Alexandra, Weiss, Franz, Hoekstra, Arjen Y. 2019. Environmental footprint family to address local to planetary sustainability and deliver on the SDGs. Science of the Total Environment. 693 13364


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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.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Science of the Total Environment
Citation Index SCI
Language English
Title Environmental footprint family to address local to planetary sustainability and deliver on the SDGs
Volume 693
Year 2019
Page from 13364
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.133642
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969719335673

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Bruckner, Martin (Details)
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Bastianoni, Simone (Ecodynamics Group – Department of Earth, Environmental and Physical Sciences, University of Siena, Italy)
Brandão, Miguel (KTH – Royal Institute of Technology, Department of Sustainable Development, Environmental Science and Engineering, Sweden)
Carmona-Garcia, Gema (European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Directorate for Sustainable Resources, Italy)
Chapagain, Ashok (University of Free State, South Africa)
Dalin, Carole (Institute for Sustainable Resources, Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources, University College London, United Kingdom)
Ercin, Ertug (European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Directorate for Sustainable Resources, Italy)
Fang, Kai (School of Public Affairs, Zhejiang University, China)
Galli, Alessandro (Global Footprint Network, Switzerland)
Hoekstra, Arjen Y. (Twente Water Centre, University of Twente, Netherlands)
Kastner, Thomas (Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre, Germany)
Leach, Allison (Department of Natural Resources, The Environment and The Sustainability Institute, University of New Hampshire, United States/USA)
Leip, Adrian (European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Directorate for Sustainable Resources, Italy)
Mancini, Lucia (European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Directorate for Sustainable Resources, Italy)
Marques, Alexandra (European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Directorate for Sustainable Resources, Italy)
Monforti-Ferrario, Fabio (European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Directorate for Sustainable Resources, Italy)
Pant, Rana (European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Directorate for Sustainable Resources, Italy)
Sala, Serenella (European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Directorate for Sustainable Resources, Italy)
Uwizeye, Aimable (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Italy)
Van der Velde, Marijn (European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Directorate for Sustainable Resources, Italy)
van Dijk, Kimo (European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform, Belgium)
Vanham, Davy (European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Directorate for Sustainable Resources, Italy)
Weiss, Franz (European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Directorate for Sustainable Resources, Italy)
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Institute for Ecological Economics IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
2944 Human ecology (Details)
5353 Environmental economics (Details)
5368 Sustainable development, sustainable economics (Details)
5369 Environmental management (Details)
5914 Environmental research (Details)
5924 Environmental economics (Details)
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