publication . Article . 2015

Ecological footprint (EF): An expanded role in calculating resource productivity (RP) using China and the G20 member countries as examples

Fu, Wei; Turner, Jonathan C.; Zhao, Junquan; Du, Guozhen;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2015 Journal: Ecological Indicators, volume 48, pages 464-471 (issn: 1470-160X, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
AbstractAs resources become scarcer measuring resource productivity (RP) is more important. Quantifying the value of natural resources is challenging but the ecological footprint (EF) concept provides one method of uniformly describing a variety of natural resources. Current assessments of RP mainly revolve around output efficiency of resources, namely the ratio of GDP to natural resource usage.This paper develops a new method of calculating the RP by using the EF as an indicator of the natural resource input and gross domestic product (GDP) as the output in the equation of RP=GDP/EF. A regression analysis is carried out using GDP per capita and RP of China from...
free text keywords: Ecology, Decision Sciences(all), Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics, Ecological footprint, Resource productivity, Economic growth, Sustainable development
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