Data

A flagship product of this initiative is the world-renowned National Ecological Footprint and Biocapacity Accounts.

These accounts measure Ecological Footprint, and Biocapacity, by total and by component, at a national level and on a world-total basis. Components are cropland, grazing land, built-up land, fishing grounds, forest products, and forest carbon uptake. This last component is the area of forested lands that are needed to absorb the carbon emitted from burning fossil fuels, in a year, beyond the amount of carbon absorbed in that same year from the world's oceans. Components and totals are measured in global hectares.

The 2022 Edition of the accounts covers the period 1961-2018.

  National and world-total data as an Excel workbook

  Data Stories explain and explore interesting data details

  Release Notes details the edition's metadata

This edition was produced using data from global statistics that detail consumption, production, population, and economic parameters by year, and by country or the world. Key sources include the International Energy Agency (IEA), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and its ProdStat, TradeStat, ResourceStat, and FishStat databases, UN COMTRADE, CORINE Land Cover, Global Agro-Ecological Zones (GAEZ), Global Land Cover (GLC), Global Carbon Budget, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and Penn World Tables.

This edition of the accounts was produced for the Footprint Data Foundation.

Data from this edition is used by Global Footprint Network:

  Data visualizations by country with comparisons to GDP and HDI

  Ecological Footprint calculator to estimate your personal footprint

  Public data package of Excel workbook and visuals

The initiative also generates sub-national data and institutional-level data on a cost-recovery basis.