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Press Release - 24th February 2003

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Press Release: 24th February 2003

'Scotland's Footprint' - Major study to assess Scotland's sustainability

A major study has been commissioned to quantify the use of natural resources in Scotland. The study will also investigate the consumption patterns of Scotland's residents and assess the ecological sustainability of Scottish lifestyles. 

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 research will collect detailed data on the consumption of energy, materials and water, waste generated, and the use of transport in the region.  This information will be used to map the flow of resources into, out of and around Scotland and to calculate the 'ecological footprint' of Scotland's residents - a baseline measure of the Country's environmental impact.

The study will also develop a range of sustainability scenarios which will show how the ecological footprint could be reduced by initiatives such as waste reduction and minimisation, renewable energy, local food sourcing and the increased use of public transport. The likely impacts of continuing with existing patterns of consumption will also be assessed.

Commenting on the project George Fleming, Chairman of the Institution of Civil Engineers Waste Management Board said "This study will provide the first complete overview of the impact of modern lifestyles on the natural resources of Scotland and will be a valuable tool in the debate on the future direction of Scotland's economic, social and environmental policies"

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.

 Further information:

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

 Project website:  www.scotlands-footprint.com

 Editors notes:

1.  Best Foot Forward is a sustainability consultancy specialising in resource flow analysis and ecological footprinting.  They recently completed a resource flow and ecological footprint analysis of Greater London www.citylimitslondon.com.  For further information on Best Foot Forward, see www.bestfootforward.com

2.  The project has a web page:  www.scotlands-footprint.com

3.  In December 1997 Biffa Waste Services agreed to donate landfill tax credits to the Royal Society for Nature Conservation (RSNC) to administer under the fund name Biffaward.  The fund is currently worth more than 14 million a year.  The fund, supports many worthwhile environmental projects involving local communities, biodiversity and research into sustainable waste management.

5.  The Scottish Executive aims to work with Scottish ministers to improve the well being of Scotland and its people.  It was set up following the opening of the Scottish Parliament in July 1999.

6.  Viridis is a non-profit distributing Company limited by guarantee, established in 1998 by the Transport Research Foundation (TRF). It is based in Crowthorne, Berkshire along with its sister Company, TRL Limited. TRF provides the financial stability and support services necessary for Viridis to operate at a professional and commercial level.

7.  The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is a UK-based international organisation with over 75,000 members ranging from professional civil engineers to students, a fifth of whom live outside the UK in some 140 countries.  It is an educational and qualifying body and has charitable status under UK law.

8.  EnviroCentre is a Glasgow based environmental management consultancy, supplying professional environmental services to commercial, industrial, public and research organisations.


Sustain Magazine, vol. 4. iss. 2, 2003, p.8 

Scotland's footprint study

A major new study entitled 'Scotland's Footprint' has been commissioned by Viridis. Funded by the Scottish Executive and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), with a grant from Biffaward, the research will collect detailed data on the consumption of energy, materials, water, waste generated and the use of transport in the region.  This information will then be used by sustainability consultant Best Foot Forward, to calculate an ecological footprint of Scotland's residents.
 

George Fleming, Chairman of the ICE Waste Management Board, said: 'This study will provide the first complete overview of the impact of modern lifestyles on the natural resources of modern lifestyles on the natural resources of Scotland and will be a valualbe tool in the debate on the future direction of Scotland's economic, social and environmental policies.'


New Civil Engineer, 27/02/2003, p.6
A major study
A major study has been commissioned to quantify the use of natural resources in Scotland by research body Viridis, funded by the Scottish Executive and the Institution of Civil Engineers. The 'Scotland's Footprint' study will investigate the consumption patterns of Scotland's residents and assess the ecological sustainability of Scottish lifestyles. For further information contact Nicola Jenkin on (01865) 250818.