Economy wide material flow analysis and ecological footprint of Ireland

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There was a clear need for research on resource use in Ireland to place environmental decision-making on an evidence-based footing and provide a baseline for measuring further progress. Island Limits will calculate the resource efficiency and ecological sustainability of the Irish economy and model scenarios in key areas of the Irish economy such as food, energy and waste management. The environmental impact of Ireland?s resource use will be presented as an ecological footprint- a means of measuring and communicating sustainable resource use that will estimate the area of land needed for Ireland to function sustainably. The project was undertaken to quantify resource use in Ireland and the environmental impact of consumption. Drivers for this project include the Sustainable Development Strategy and European resources policy

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Dr Cathy Maguire
EnviroCenter Consultants
Research Scientist
EnviroCenter Consultants, Belfast, 10 Upper Crescent, Belfast Belfast, BT7 1NT, Northern Ireland
Telephone: 028 90278330
e-mail: cmaguire@envirocentre.co.uk

Dr Robin Curry
EnviroCentre
Research Manager
10 Upper Crescent, BT7 1N, Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Telephone: 028 90278330
e-mail: rcurry@envirocentre.co.uk

Mr. Craig Simmons
Best Foot Forward
Technical Director
The Future Centre, 9 Newtech Place, OX4 1RE, Oxford, England
Telephone: 01865 250818
e-mail: craig@bestfootforward.com

Mr. Kevin Lewis
Best Foot Forward
Senior Researcher
The Future Centre, 9 Newtech Place, OX4 1RE, Oxford, England
Telephone: 01865 250818
e-mail: kevin@bestfootforward.com

Dr Bernadette O'Regan
University of Limerick
Lecturer, Chemical and Environmental Sciences
Room F2-09 OP, Chemical & Environmental Sciences Department, University of Limerick, Limerick City, Ireland
Telephone: +353-61-202552
e-mail: Bernadette.ORegan@ul.ie

Mr. Conor Walsh
University of Limerick
PhD Postgraduate Student
Chemical & Environmental Sciences Department, University of Limerick, Limerick, Limerick City, Ireland
Telephone: +353-61-202552
e-mail: conor.walsh@ul.ie

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Author(s)Maguire, C. Curry, R. Simmons, C. Lewis, K. O'Regan, B. Walsh, C.
Title Of WebsiteSecure Archive For Environmental Research Data
Publication InformationEconomy wide material flow analysis and ecological footprint of Ireland
Name of OrganisationEnvironmental Protection Agency Ireland
Electronic Address or URL http://erc.epa.ie/safer/resource?id=0de94270-40b9-102b-950d-28616e04c7da
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Date of AccessLast Updated on SAFER: 2014-08-30

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SAFER-Data Display URL http://erc.epa.ie/safer/iso19115/display?isoID=56
Resource KeywordsProdCom, trade, materials, products, ecological footprint
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project Code2004-SD-MS-2002
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project ThemeSocio-Economics
Resource Availability: Any User Can Download Files From This Resource
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Limitations on the use of this ResourceNo usage limitations except the usual citation of this project correctly in publications using the outputs from the project
Number of Attached Files (Publicly and Openly Available for Download): 4
Project Start Date Tuesday 1st March 2005 (01-03-2005)
Earliest Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Tuesday 1st March 2005 (01-03-2005)
Most Recent Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Monday 3rd September 2007 (03-09-2007)
Published on SAFERTuesday 11th March 2008 (11-03-2008)
Date of Last EditTuesday 3rd June 2008 at 20:12:53 (03-06-2008)
Datasets or Files Updated On Tuesday 3rd June 2008 at 20:12:53 (03-06-2008)

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The Material Flow Analysis and Best Foot Forward's Ecological Footprint calculations were undertaken for Ireland and Northern Ireland seperately and then combined to produce all-island models. University of Limerick Footprint calculation was for Ireland and disaggregated by county.

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The project was undertaken to quantify resource use in Ireland and the environmental impact of consumption. Drivers for this project include the Sustainable Development Strategy and European resources policy
Supplementary Information
Methodologies used were the EuroStat standard economy wide material flow analysis methodology. The One Planet Business methodology for allocating imports to input-output categories. Best Foot Forward's Regional Stepwise methodology for calculating the ecological footprint.

Material Flow Analysis: Production, import, export, net supply and consumption of materials and products classified by 8-digit ProdCom code for Ireland and Northern Ireland. Emissions to air. Discharges to water. Dissipative outputs of products. Waste production and managment method. Northern Ireland and Ireland data combined to produce an all-island MFA model and a range of indicators calculated. Input-Output analysis: environmental extension of Irish Input-Output tables with resource use to calculate direct and indirect resource consumption by sector and final demand category. Ecological Footprint: biocapacity of Ireland and Northern Ireland, Ecological Footprint broken down by land type, policy area, county, activity such as farming, transport using two methodologies- Best Foot Forward's standardised method and a method created by the University of Limerick for the project.
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