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Sustainability 2015, 7(1), 138-163;

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

Industrial Ecology Programme, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim 7491, Norway
Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), Delft 2600, The Netherlands
Department of Socioeconomics, Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), Vienna 1020, Austria
Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML), Leiden University, Leiden 2300 RA, The Netherlands
Wuppertal Institute, Wuppertal 42103, Germany
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Department of Electro-technology, Czech Technical University in Prague, Technická 2166 27 Praha, Czech Republic
2.-0 LCA consultants, Aalborg 9000, Denmark
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Vincenzo Torretta
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)
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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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