Ecological Footprint accounts

Criticisms and applications 1

Authored by: Mathis Wackernagel , Alessandro Galli , Laurel Hanscom , David Lin , Laetitia Mailhes , Tony Drummond

Routledge Handbook of Sustainability Indicators

Print publication date:  June  2018
Online publication date:  June  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138674769
eBook ISBN: 9781315561103
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315561103-33

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Abstract

Ecological Footprint accounting can be applied to any scale, from the planet down to an individual or a product. By mapping the size of an economy’s physical metabolism, compared to what nature can renew, it provides an important input for decision-makers concerned with making economic success last. Through the many applications of the tool, the method has also met with criticism. Both the range of applications as well as the raised criticisms are discussed in this chapter.

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