Ecological Footprint measures the resources Edmontonians consume and the waste they produce. This measure is calculated by considering all of the biological materials consumed and all of the biological waste generated nationally per person, using the international, peer-reviewed methodology and standards developed by the Global Footprint Network (an international research agency).
The national footprint is converted to represent Edmonton’s footprint by using a combination of Edmonton-specific household expenditure data (food, shelter, transportation, goods and services and government services) and physical energy use data. The data comes from several government sources and surveys that are conducted or published at varying time intervals. Data collected is typically in the form of mailout surveys, such as the National Household Survey and the Canadian Census.
As a result, there are limitations and lags in reporting frequency and timing. Ecological footprint is one measure of sustainability but should not be considered an all-inclusive sustainability measure as it does not account for issues such as water consumption. An external consultant calculated detailed results for 2012. The 2012 results were then used as a baseline to back-cast the 2010 and 2011 values, and calculate the 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 results, adjusted for consumption values. As the City has limited control over Edmontonians’ consumption behaviour, Ecological Footprint is considered an indicator.
The ecological footprint measure puts a number on some of the environmental impacts of Edmontonians’ consumption. The measure is representative of the sustainability of Edmontonians’ lifestyles. The less Edmontonians consume, the less waste is produced; a lower ecological footprint implies a more sustainable lifestyle.
Data sources: Anielski Management Inc., and ASM Consulting
Explanation of Performance
Edmonton’s ecological footprint in 2017 was 7.76 hectares
per capita. This 2017 value is essentially unchanged when
compared to 2016. The trend since 2010 is downward, with a
decrease of 14 percent.
Check out the City's Environmental Strategic Plan, The Way We Green: http://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/city_vision_and_strategic_plan/the-way-we-green.aspx
On-line version - State of the Environment Report: https://dashboard.edmonton.ca/reports/env-2014/Introduction
Printable version - State of the Environment Report: www.edmonton.ca/greenannualreport
For information about the City's strategic plan, The Way Ahead: http://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/city_vision_and_strategic_plan/the-way-ahead.aspx