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Ecological footprint of Wales report

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A new estimate of the ecological and carbon footprints of Wales for 2011 building on previous studies.

An ecological footprint is an indicator of the total environmental burden that society places on the planet. It represents the area of land needed to provide raw materials, energy and food, as well as absorb pollution and waste created and is measured in global hectares.

The report highlights that at Wales’ current level of consumption, a number of key natural resources are being depleted faster than they can be replenished, and the planet’s capacity to absorb our wastes is exceeded.

In common with other developed countries, Wales has a much higher consumption rate than the global average. However, previous comparative studies have found that the ecological footprint for Wales is marginally lower than the UK average, and we do not expect this to have changed.

The report also highlights the consumption categories with the biggest impact, signposting the areas in which impact reduction could have the greatest overall benefit.

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