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Measuring the impacts of consumption in the UK of non-UK imported goods and services on global biodiversity - WC1018

The study presents a new method for analysing the global impacts of UK consumption, which is potentially highly powerful for undertaking an assessment of potential drivers of biodiversity loss in producing regions, and simultaneously assessing a variety of different commodities in a consistent, comparable and repeatable manner. The project analysed 12 commodities but the methodology can be extended to over 200 commodities. The inclusion of supply chain impacts and retention of the origin of production within the international database is a fundamental step forward in understanding the potential holistic impacts in one country associated with consumption in another.
The overall aim of the project was to provide a methodology for linking UK imports of goods and services to geographically-defined impacts on biodiversity in a consistent and repeatable manner.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : Global biodiversity impacts - Final Report   (3750k)
• OTH - Other : WC1018 Methodology Report   (902k)
• SUM - Summary Report : Impacts Summary Statement   (23k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2011

To: 2013

Cost: £66,403
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University of York