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Environment > Ecological footprint: Countries Compared

Edria Murray, Staff editor

Author: Edria Murray, Staff editor

The Ecological Footprint is a method of measuring and analysing resource consumption and waste output compared to the renewable capacity of nature.
It represents the amount of productive land area needed to produce the resources (food,

energy and materials) and to absorb the wastes produced by an individual. Since 1980, the

average per capita ecological footprint has decreased as many processes (especially crop

production) have become more efficient.



If the ecological footprint exceeds the available productive land, The resource use is

considered unsustainable.



Globally, the available ecologically productive land area included in the Ecological

footprint analysis is 1.89 hectares for each person. The footprint takes into account fossil

fuel use, cropland, forests, nuclear and hydroelectric power, fisheries and buildings.



Countries with a high per capita GDP have a

high global footprint as they also have a high level of fossil fuel consumption. Some

european countries including Denmark, Netherlands, Austria, the United kingdom and Finland have taken steps to reduce their per capita global footprint.

DEFINITION: Ecological footprint per capita
Units: Hectares per Person.

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH HISTORY
1 United Arab Emirates 15.99 2000
2 United States 12.22 2000
3 Kuwait 10.31 2000
4 Denmark 9.88 2000
5 Ireland 9.43 2000
6 Australia 8.49 2000
7 Finland 8.45 2000
8 Canada 7.66 2000
9 Sweden 7.53 2000
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 7.31 2000
10 Estonia 7.12 2000
High income OECD countries average (profile) 6.63 2000
11 Czech Republic 6.3 2000
12 Saudi Arabia 6.15 2000
Eurozone average (profile) 6.02 2000
13 Iceland 6.02 2000
14 Belgium 5.88 2000
European Union average (profile) 5.81 2000
15 Netherlands 5.75 2000
16 South Korea 5.6 2000
17 Greece 5.58 2000
18 Italy 5.51 2000
19 Spain 5.5 2000
20 Slovenia 5.4 2000
21 Poland 5.4 2000
22 Russia 5.36 2000
NATO countries average (profile) 5.33 2000
23 Austria 5.3 2012
24 Belarus 5.27 2000
Non-religious countries average (profile) 5.17 2000
25 Hungary 5.01 2000
26 Switzerland 5 2012
27 Portugal 4.99 2000
Cold countries average (profile) 4.99 2000
28 Uruguay 4.91 2000
29 France 4.9 2012
30 Norway 4.8 2012
OPEC countries average (profile) 4.78 2000
31 Lithuania 4.76 2000
32 Ukraine 4.76 2000
33 United Kingdom 4.7 2012
34 Germany 4.6 2012
35 Kazakhstan 4.45 2000
36 Libya 4.36 2000
Middle Eastern and North Africa average (profile) 4.31 2000
37 New Zealand 4.3 2012
38 Mongolia 4.3 2000
39 Japan 4.2 2012
40 South Africa 4.04 2000
41 Israel 4 2012
42 Slovakia 3.94 2000
43 Bulgaria 3.81 2000
44 Latvia 3.74 2000
45 Malaysia 3.68 2000
46 Turkmenistan 3.62 2000
Former Soviet republics average (profile) 3.59 2000
47 Romania 3.49 2000
48 Oman 3.39 2000
49 Mexico 3.3 2012
Emerging markets average (profile) 3.28 2000
50 Republic of Macedonia 3.24 2000
51 Chile 3.2 2012
52 Lebanon 3.19 2000
53 Panama 3 2012
54 Venezuela 3 2012
55 Brazil 2.9 2012
56 Paraguay 2.84 2000
57 Argentina 2.7 2012
58 Uzbekistan 2.65 2000
59 Turkey 2.6 2012
Muslim countries average (profile) 2.58 2000
60 Costa Rica 2.5 2012
61 Iran 2.47 2000
62 Trinidad and Tobago 2.43 2000
63 Ecuador 2.4 2012
64 Thailand 2.4 2012
65 Croatia 2.35 2000
Former Spanish colonies average (profile) 2.31 2000
66 Azerbaijan 2.18 2000
67 Belize 2.1 2012
68 Moldova 2.1 2012
69 Jordan 2.1 2012
70 Guyana 2.1 2012
71 Gabon 2.06 2000
72 El Salvador 2 2012
73 Peru 2 2012
74 North Korea 1.92 2000
75 Cuba 1.9 2012
76 China 1.84 2000
77 Colombia 1.8 2012
78 Guatemala 1.8 2012
79 Albania 1.8 2012
80 Tunisia 1.8 2012
South and Central Asia average (profile) 1.73 2000
81 Jamaica 1.7 2012
82 Egypt 1.7 2000
83 Honduras 1.7 2012
84 Botswana 1.68 2000
85 Algeria 1.6 2012
86 Nicaragua 1.6 2012
87 Syria 1.5 2012
88 Zimbabwe 1.45 2000
89 Palestine 1.4 2012
90 Dominican Republic 1.4 2012
91 Papua New Guinea 1.4 2000
92 Vietnam 1.4 2012
93 Iraq 1.4 2012
94 Dominica 1.37 2000
95 Nigeria 1.31 2000
96 Morocco 1.3 2012
97 Laos 1.3 2012
98 Kyrgyzstan 1.3 2012
99 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1.29 2000
100 Bolivia 1.29 2000
Former French colonies average (profile) 1.25 2000
101 Mauritania 1.22 2000
102 Zambia 1.21 2000
103 Madagascar 1.2 2012
104 Sri Lanka 1.2 2012
105 Liberia 1.16 2000
106 Armenia 1.16 2000
107 Kenya 1.15 2000
108 Democratic Republic of the Congo 1.15 2000
109 Sudan 1.14 2000
110 Central African Republic 1.12 2000
111 Ghana 1.12 2000
112 Indonesia 1.1 2012
failed states average (profile) 1.08 2000
113 Burma 1.07 2000
114 Senegal 1.06 2000
115 Tanzania 1.02 2000
116 Nepal 1.01 2000
117 Philippines 1 2012
118 The Gambia 0.99 2000
119 Somalia 0.97 2000
120 Benin 0.97 2000
121 Niger 0.97 2000
122 Cote d'Ivoire 0.95 2000
123 Burkina Faso 0.9 2000
124 Tajikistan 0.9 2012
125 Rwanda 0.9 2000
126 India 0.9 2012
127 Cameroon 0.89 2000
South Asia average (profile) 0.885 2000
128 Uganda 0.88 2000
129 Malawi 0.87 2000
130 Mali 0.86 2000
131 Ethiopia 0.85 2000
132 Guinea 0.85 2000
133 Cambodia 0.83 2000
134 Togo 0.82 2000
135 Angola 0.82 2000
136 Pakistan 0.8 2012
137 Guinea-Bissau 0.8 2000
138 Bhutan 0.79 2000
139 Haiti 0.78 2000
140 Mozambique 0.76 2000
141 Chad 0.75 2000
142 Burundi 0.75 2000
143 Sierra Leone 0.73 2000
144 Bangladesh 0.7 2012
145 Namibia 0.66 2000

Citation

"Countries Compared by Environment > Ecological footprint. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Living Planet Report 2000, Gland, Switzerland: 2000, and Redefining Progress. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Environment/Ecological-footprint

Environment > Ecological footprint: Countries Compared Map

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The Ecological Footprint is a method of measuring and analysing resource consumption and waste output compared to the renewable capacity of nature.
It represents the amount of productive land area needed to produce the resources (food,

energy and materials) and to absorb the wastes produced by an individual. Since 1980, the

average per capita ecological footprint has decreased as many processes (especially crop

production) have become more efficient.



If the ecological footprint exceeds the available productive land, The resource use is

considered unsustainable.



Globally, the available ecologically productive land area included in the Ecological

footprint analysis is 1.89 hectares for each person. The footprint takes into account fossil

fuel use, cropland, forests, nuclear and hydroelectric power, fisheries and buildings.



Countries with a high per capita GDP have a

high global footprint as they also have a high level of fossil fuel consumption. Some

european countries including Denmark, Netherlands, Austria, the United kingdom and Finland have taken steps to reduce their per capita global footprint.

Posted on 14 Feb 2005

Edria Murray, Staff editor

Edria Murray, Staff editor

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Wrong the highest ecological footprint is united arab emirates which you got right but its amount is actually know to be 11.9 global hectares per person

Posted on 17 Aug 2010

Ona

Ona

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People all over the world take the mortgage loans from various banks, because it is comfortable.

Posted on 20 Mar 2010

Fitzpatrick27Jeri

Fitzpatrick27Jeri

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If you're having difficulty finding a country, simply press ctrl+f and a box should appear. then simply type in what you're looking for and it will find it for you, like magic!

and Austria is #27: 5.45

:)

Posted on 14 Mar 2010

Helpful Tom

Helpful Tom

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Lesotho is never on these things...=( There goes my "A"

Posted on 09 Feb 2010

failed report

failed report

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Can anyone help find Austrias footprint? I can't... but I am not the smartest cookie- so some help please??

Posted on 26 Jan 2010

Aleavae Carrok

Aleavae Carrok

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Japan 5.94 gh

Posted on 05 Jan 2010

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