OPEN:EU Project Background Information
One Planet Economy Network (OPEN: EU) was a two year EU
funded project (under the EU 7th Framework Programme for
Research and Technological Development or FP7).
Between September 2009 and November 2011, the One Planet Economy Europe project focused
on developing a ‘Footprint Family’ of indicators:
Ecological, Carbon and Water footprint to track
the multiple and often hidden demands that human
consumption makes on the planet’s resources and to
measure their impacts on the planet.
The ‘Footprint Family’ indicators allow decision-makers to
track and measure the impact of consumption on the earth’s
natural resources and ecological assets. With this information they can develop an informed response to issues such as
limits to natural resource and freshwater consumption, and
sustainable use of natural capital across the globe.
By bringing together the Ecological, Carbon and Water
Footprint indicators through the same trade model, one is able to calculate each of these indicators for the whole
of the EU-27. The OPEN:EU project used sophisticated multi-regional
input-output analysis for this and built upon the outputs of
the EU Framework 6 project EXIOPOL.
One of the primary outputs of the project was the development of
an online scenario-modelling and policy
assessment tool (EUREAPA) to act as a user
interface that improves access to the
extensive data held within the EE-MRIO model
and make the “Footprint Family” more relevant
to policy makers and civil society.
translates complex science into practical
information which decision makers can use
to tackle complex issues simultaneously and
better deal with trade offs.