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Project Outline

This major study was commissioned to quantify the use of natural resources in Scotland. The study investigates the consumption patterns of Scotland's residents and assesses the ecological sustainability of Scottish lifestyles. 

 The project is comprised of the following phases:

Phase 1 - Resource flow analysis

            -  identifying resource inputs and outputs in the Scottish economy

            -  identifying waste arisings (by sector wherever possible)

            -  identifying key activities and their related consumption levels

Phase 2 - Ecological footprint analysis

            -  using the EcoIndex™ methodology to convert resource flows into ecological footprint values.

-  identifying EF values for key activities and their associated resource consumptions

Phase 3 - Carrying out sustainability assessments

            -  comparing ecological footprint values with regional, national and global land availability

-  comparing ecological footprints with ecological footprints from other areas and other parts of the world

Phase 4 - Improvement scenarios

            -  development of a range of possible improvement scenarios e.g. reduction in consumption patterns, improved waste minimisation, increase in recycling rates

-  ecological footprint analysis of those scenarios to show aggregated improvement in relation to sustainability

Phase 5 - Reporting, publication, Education and Dissemination

Who is involved?

The 'Scotland's Footprint' study, has been commissioned by Viridis, and is funded by the Scottish Executive and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), with a grant from Biffaward, a multi-million pound environment fund which utilises landfill tax credits donated by Biffa Waste Services. 

The project is also supported by FoE Scotland, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Sustainable Scotland Network, WRAP and WWF Scotland.  Viridis and the EnviroCentre, who are carrying out the research, are working with a wide range of national and Scottish based organisations to make the study as complete as possible.  Best Foot Forward, who are managing the project, will calculate the ecological footprint.

For further information contact Nicola Jenkin, Best Foot Forward, Tel:  01865 250818 or e-mail:  nicola@bestfootforward.com