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About the Global Footprint Network
Our mission is to promote a sustainable economy by advancing the Ecological Footprint, a measurement tool that makes the reality of planetary limits relevant to decision-makers.

Standards and National Accounts Committees
One of the fundamental goals of Global Footprint Network is to support standardization of Ecological Footprint applications, in order to create a globally consistent way of measuring sustainability. We view this mundane-sounding work an essential foundation for the Ecological Footprint to achieve its potential as a key sustainability tool. We are pleased to announce an important step towards accomplishing this goal.

With its partners, the Network has created a Charter that calls for the establishment of three committees:
  • a National Accounts Committee, to ensure that the basic data supporting all Footprint analyses reflects the best current scientific thinking;
  • an Application Standards Committee, to promote comparability and consistency of sub-national Footprint analyses; and
  • a Communication Standards Committee, to encourage accurate and unbiased reporting of Footprint results.
Our committees, which will begin their activities shortly, will bring together the expertise of our partners, our Science and Policy Advisory Council, and the larger community of policymakers and scientists.
Learn more about our standards and national accounts review processes.