The use of Ecological and Carbon Footprint Analysis in regional policy making: application and insights using the REAP model

Robin Curry, Caitriona Maguire

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    Abstract

    This paper builds on and extends previous research to contribute to ongoing discussion on the use of resource and carbon accounting tools in regional policy making. The Northern Visions project has produced the first evidence-based footpath setting out the actions that need to be taken to achieve the step changes in the Ecological and Carbon Footprint of Northern Ireland. A range of policies and strategies were evaluated using the Resources and Energy Analysis Programme. The analysis provided the first regional evidence base that current sustainable development policy commitments would not lead to the necessary reductions in either the Ecological Footprint or carbon dioxide emissions. Building on previous applications of Ecological Footprint analysis in regional policy making, the research has demonstrated that there is a valuable role for Ecological and Carbon Footprint Analysis in policy appraisal. The use of Ecological and Carbon Footprint Analysis in regional policy making has been evaluated and recommendations made on ongoing methodological development. The authors hope that the research can provide insights for the ongoing use Ecological and Carbon Footprint Analysis in regional policy making and help set out the priorities for research to support this important policy area
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)917-936
    Number of pages20
    JournalLocal Environment
    Volume16
    Issue number9
    Early online date31 Oct 2011
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Keywords

    • REAP, GHG Protocol, CRC, Local Environment, Carbon Footprint, Northern Visions, ICARB, Env Metrics

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Geography, Planning and Development
    • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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