Social report 2012


Ecological footprint: a scientific method for determining in what areas and how heavily humans impact on the environment. The method employs the magnitude of the uses of, and stresses on, natural capital, such as consumption of oil and food products, to calculate the surface area which would be required to provide these resources in a sustainable manner (hypothetical area requirement in global hectares).
Biocapacity: ability of the environment to produce raw materials, such as wood, and break down pollutants (biological capacity of an area).
Global hectare: one hectare with productivity equal to the average productivity of the biologically productive hectares on earth.

Source: Global Footprint Network.

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