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Environment > Ecological footprint: Countries Compared

Author: Edria Murray<br>Staff editor

Author: Edria Murray<br>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
1 United Arab EmiratesUAE 15.99 2000
2 United StatesUnited States 12.22 2000
3 KuwaitKuwait 10.31 2000
4 DenmarkDenmark 9.88 2000
5 New ZealandNew Zealand 9.54 2000
6 IrelandIreland 9.43 2000
7 AustraliaAustralia 8.49 2000
8 FinlandFinland 8.45 2000
9 CanadaCanada 7.66 2000
10 SwedenSweden 7.53 2000
Group of 7 countries (G7) averageGroup of 7 countries (G7) average 7.31 2000
11 FranceFrance 7.27 2000
12 EstoniaEstonia 7.12 2000
High income OECD countries averageHigh income OECD countries average 6.63 2000
13 SwitzerlandSwitzerland 6.63 2000
14 GermanyGermany 6.31 2000
15 Czech RepublicCzech Republic 6.3 2000
16 United KingdomUnited Kingdom 6.29 2000
17 Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia 6.15 2000
18 NorwayNorway 6.13 2000
Eurozone averageEurozone average 6.02 2000
19 IcelandIceland 6.02 2000
20 JapanJapan 5.94 2000
21 BelgiumBelgium 5.88 2000
European Union averageEuropean Union average 5.81 2000
22 NetherlandsNetherlands 5.75 2000
23 South KoreaSouth Korea 5.6 2000
24 GreeceGreece 5.58 2000
25 ItalyItaly 5.51 2000
26 SpainSpain 5.5 2000
27 AustriaAustria 5.45 2000
28 IsraelIsrael 5.4 2000
29 SloveniaSlovenia 5.4 2000
30 PolandPoland 5.4 2000
31 RussiaRussia 5.36 2000
NATO countries averageNATO average 5.33 2000
32 BelarusBelarus 5.27 2000
Non-religious countries averageNon-religious countries average 5.17 2000
33 HungaryHungary 5.01 2000
34 PortugalPortugal 4.99 2000
Cold countries averageCold countries average 4.99 2000
35 UruguayUruguay 4.91 2000
OPEC countries averageOPEC countries average 4.78 2000
36 LithuaniaLithuania 4.76 2000
37 UkraineUkraine 4.76 2000
38 KazakhstanKazakhstan 4.45 2000
39 LibyaLibya 4.36 2000
Middle Eastern and North Africa averageMiddle Eastern and North Africa average 4.31 2000
40 MongoliaMongolia 4.3 2000
41 South AfricaSouth Africa 4.04 2000
42 SlovakiaSlovakia 3.94 2000
43 BulgariaBulgaria 3.81 2000
44 ArgentinaArgentina 3.79 2000
45 LatviaLatvia 3.74 2000
46 MalaysiaMalaysia 3.68 2000
47 TurkmenistanTurkmenistan 3.62 2000
Former Soviet republics averageFormer Soviet republics average 3.59 2000
48 RomaniaRomania 3.49 2000
49 OmanOman 3.39 2000
50 ChileChile 3.39 2000
Emerging markets averageEmerging markets average 3.28 2000
51 Republic of MacedoniaMacedonia Rep. 3.24 2000
52 LebanonLebanon 3.19 2000
53 VenezuelaVenezuela 2.88 2000
54 ParaguayParaguay 2.84 2000
55 Costa RicaCosta Rica 2.77 2000
56 TurkeyTurkey 2.73 2000
57 ThailandThailand 2.7 2000
58 MexicoMexico 2.69 2000
59 JamaicaJamaica 2.68 2000
60 UzbekistanUzbekistan 2.65 2000
61 BrazilBrazil 2.6 2000
Muslim countries averageMuslim countries average 2.58 2000
62 SyriaSyria 2.56 2000
63 MoldovaMoldova 2.47 2000
64 IranIran 2.47 2000
65 Trinidad and TobagoTrinidad+ 2.43 2000
66 PanamaPanama 2.35 2000
67 CroatiaCroatia 2.35 2000
Former Spanish colonies averageFormer Spanish colonies average 2.31 2000
68 TunisiaTunisia 2.27 2000
69 EcuadorEcuador 2.26 2000
70 AzerbaijanAzerbaijan 2.18 2000
71 CubaCuba 2.1 2000
72 GabonGabon 2.06 2000
73 North KoreaNorth Korea 1.92 2000
74 ColombiaColombia 1.9 2000
75 KyrgyzstanKyrgyzstan 1.87 2000
76 AlbaniaAlbania 1.86 2000
77 ChinaChina 1.84 2000
78 AlgeriaAlgeria 1.79 2000
79 IraqIraq 1.73 2000
South and Central Asia averageSouth and Central Asia average 1.73 2000
80 JordanJordan 1.71 2000
81 EgyptEgypt 1.7 2000
82 BotswanaBotswana 1.68 2000
83 MoroccoMorocco 1.56 2000
84 El SalvadorEl Salvador 1.55 2000
85 IndonesiaIndonesia 1.48 2000
86 ZimbabweZimbabwe 1.45 2000
87 HondurasHonduras 1.43 2000
88 PhilippinesPhilippines 1.42 2000
89 Papua New GuineaPapua NG 1.4 2000
90 GuatemalaGuatemala 1.4 2000
91 DominicaDominica 1.37 2000
92 PeruPeru 1.33 2000
93 NigeriaNigeria 1.31 2000
94 Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia+ 1.29 2000
95 BoliviaBolivia 1.29 2000
96 NicaraguaNicaragua 1.26 2000
Former French colonies averageFormer French colonies average 1.25 2000
97 MauritaniaMauritania 1.22 2000
98 ZambiaZambia 1.21 2000
99 LiberiaLiberia 1.16 2000
100 ArmeniaArmenia 1.16 2000
101 KenyaKenya 1.15 2000
102 Democratic Republic of the CongoCongo, DR. 1.15 2000
103 SudanSudan 1.14 2000
104 Central African RepublicCentral Africa 1.12 2000
105 GhanaGhana 1.12 2000
106 PakistanPakistan 1.09 2000
Failed states averageFailed states average 1.08 2000
107 BurmaBurma 1.07 2000
108 SenegalSenegal 1.06 2000
109 IndiaIndia 1.06 2000
110 TanzaniaTanzania 1.02 2000
111 NepalNepal 1.01 2000
112 The GambiaThe Gambia 0.99 2000
113 SomaliaSomalia 0.97 2000
114 BeninBenin 0.97 2000
115 NigerNiger 0.97 2000
116 Cote d'IvoireCote d'Ivoire 0.95 2000
117 VietnamVietnam 0.95 2000
118 Sri LankaSri Lanka 0.95 2000
119 MadagascarMadagascar 0.93 2000
120 LaosLaos 0.91 2000
121 Burkina FasoBurkina Faso 0.9 2000
122 TajikistanTajikistan 0.9 2000
123 RwandaRwanda 0.9 2000
124 CameroonCameroon 0.89 2000
South Asia averageSouth Asia average 0.885 2000
125 UgandaUganda 0.88 2000
126 MalawiMalawi 0.87 2000
127 MaliMali 0.86 2000
128 EthiopiaEthiopia 0.85 2000
129 GuineaGuinea 0.85 2000
130 CambodiaCambodia 0.83 2000
131 TogoTogo 0.82 2000
132 AngolaAngola 0.82 2000
133 Guinea-BissauGuinea-Bissau 0.8 2000
134 BhutanBhutan 0.79 2000
135 HaitiHaiti 0.78 2000
136 MozambiqueMozambique 0.76 2000
137 ChadChad 0.75 2000
138 BurundiBurundi 0.75 2000
139 Sierra LeoneSierra Leone 0.73 2000
140 NamibiaNamibia 0.66 2000
141 BangladeshBangladesh 0.6 2000

Citation

"All countries compared for Environment > Ecological footprint", 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<br>Staff editor

Edria Murray<br>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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