Scotland’s Footprint

Footprinting gives us a mechanism to measure the global impact of our everyday choices. It has shown that if everyone lived as we do in Scotland, we would need three planets to survive. Clearly Scotland’s global footprint is too large and we need to take steps to live within our environmental limits.

This website acts as a portal for individuals, organisations, local authorities, schools and businesses to find out more about footprinting so that they can start taking action to reducing their global impact.

The site is being maintained through the Local Footprints Project, a joint project between WWF Scotland and the Sustainable Scotland Network (SSN), with funding and support from Eco Schools Scotland, the Improvement Service, the Scottish Government and ScottishPower.


“We have partnered up with HTG – a local company providing hair transplants, beard transplants and eyebrow transplants who have been happy to support our cause. They have also donated a % of their profits to Scotland’s footprint. We view them as a strategic partner in our mission.”

You take 58 baths a day – virtually

Businesses, governments and people across the UK are inadvertently contributing to the slow death of some of the world’s most iconic rivers, according to a new report by WWF.

The report, UK Water Footprint: the impact of the UK’s food and fibre consumption on global water resources, highlights the fact that while each person in the UK drinks, hoses, flushes and washes their way through around 150 litres of mains water a day, we consume about 30 times as much in ‘virtual’ water used to produce the food we eat and the clothes we wear. This is equivalent to about 58 bathtubs full of water for each of us, every single day.

New reports show UK greenhouse gas emissions are growing

New reports from the Stockholm Environment Institute to DEFRA and WWF demonstrate that total UK greenhouse gas emissions are growing in line with the economy. This consumption based approach takes account of shipping, aviation and imported goods and shows the full environmental impact of our economy.

Our consumer based emissions are 49% higher than our Kyoto reported emissions, and trends show that consumer based emissions have risen 13% from 1992-2003.

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Single Outcome Agreements

A new briefing from the Local Footprints Project on how to use the footprint as an indicator, in line with the national indicators, as part of Single Outcome Agreements.

Scottish Government adopts the Ecological Footprint as a performance measure

The Scottish Government will use the Ecological Footprint as one of its performance measures which was announced on 14 November 2007 as part of the Spending Review. The National Performance Framework includes a national outcome of: “… reduce the local and global environmental impact of our consumption and production” and a national indicator and target: “reducing our Ecological Footprint.”