Ecological footprint of European countries

Indicator Assessment
Prod-ID: IND-161-en
Also known as: SEBI 023
Created 23 Feb 2015 Published 31 Mar 2015 Last modified 04 Sep 2015, 07:00 PM
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The total ecological footprint for the EU-28 countries increased rapidly during the 1960s and 70s, and has remained relatively constant since the 1980s. The region’s total biocapacity, however, has changed very little since 1961. The picture is similar for the EEA-33 countries. The pan-European ecological footprint has been increasing almost constantly since 1961, while biocapacity (1) has decreased. This results in an ever larger deficit, with negative consequences for the environment within and outside Europe. (1) The capacity of ecosystems to produce useful biological materials and to absorb waste materials generated by humans, using current management schemes and extraction technologies.

Key messages

The total ecological footprint for the EU-28 countries increased rapidly during the 1960s and 70s, and has remained relatively constant since the 1980s. The region’s total biocapacity, however, has changed very little since 1961. The picture is similar for the EEA-33 countries.

The pan-European ecological footprint has been increasing almost constantly since 1961, while biocapacity(1) has decreased. This results in an ever larger deficit, with negative consequences for the environment within and outside Europe.


(1) The capacity of ecosystems to produce useful biological materials and to absorb waste materials generated by humans, using current management schemes and extraction technologies.

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Ecological footprint, biocapacity and reserve or deficit

EU28
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EEA33
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Pan Europe
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Ecological footprint time series by land type

EU28
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EEA33
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Biocapacity time series by land type

EU28
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EEA33
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Pan Europe