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Global Sustainability Accounting—Developing EXIOBASE for Multi-Regional Footprint Analysis

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Industrial Ecology Programme, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim 7491, Norway
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Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), Delft 2600, The Netherlands
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Department of Socioeconomics, Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), Vienna 1020, Austria
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Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML), Leiden University, Leiden 2300 RA, The Netherlands
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Wuppertal Institute, Wuppertal 42103, Germany
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Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Department of Electro-technology, Czech Technical University in Prague, Technická 2166 27 Praha, Czech Republic
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2.-0 LCA consultants, Aalborg 9000, Denmark
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Academic Editor: Vincenzo Torretta
Sustainability 2015, 7(1), 138-163; https://doi.org/10.3390/su7010138
Received: 20 October 2014 / Accepted: 10 December 2014 / Published: 26 December 2014
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Use of the Environment and Resources)
Measuring progress towards sustainable development requires appropriate frameworks and databases. The System of Environmental-Economic Accounts (SEEA) is undergoing continuous refinement with these objectives in mind. In SEEA, there is a need for databases to encompass the global dimension of societal metabolism. In this paper, we focus on the latest effort to construct a global multi-regional input−output database (EXIOBASE) with a focus on environmentally relevant activities. The database and its broader analytical framework allows for the as yet most detailed insight into the production-related impacts and “footprints” of our consumption. We explore the methods used to arrive at the database, and some key relationships extracted from the database. View Full-Text
Keywords: multi-regional input-output analysis; sustainability accounting; environmental footprints multi-regional input-output analysis; sustainability accounting; environmental footprints
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Wood, R.; Stadler, K.; Bulavskaya, T.; Lutter, S.; Giljum, S.; De Koning, A.; Kuenen, J.; Schütz, H.; Acosta-Fernández, J.; Usubiaga, A.; Simas, M.; Ivanova, O.; Weinzettel, J.; Schmidt, J.H.; Merciai, S.; Tukker, A. Global Sustainability Accounting—Developing EXIOBASE for Multi-Regional Footprint Analysis. Sustainability 2015, 7, 138-163.

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