The North East Global Footprint Project

The North East Global Footprint ProjectHow big is our Footprint?

An Ecological Footprint measures how much land and sea area we need to provide us with all the energy, food, water and materials to sustain our lifestyles.

Today, the average Scot has a footprint of more than 5 global hectares. Worldwide, however, less than 2 global hectares are available per person. This tells us that if everyone in the world lived like we do, we would need two extra planets to support our lifestyles. To become sustainable - and that means not taking more from nature than we have - we need to look for opportunities to reduce our Footprint.

The Global Footprint Project for the North East was a partnership between Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council and WWF Scotland. This project has allowed us to:

  • measure our footprint
  • develop a software tool to assess different policy options
  • develop strategies and projects to reduce our footprint
  • create education materials for schools in the region

The Project was funded by the Scottish Executive, WWF Scotland, Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, North Lanarkshire Council, NatureScot, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) and Scottish Power.

Further Information

To find out more visit Scotland’s Global Footprint Project or contact:

Sustainability Officer
Aberdeenshire Council
Tel: 01224 664221