Linking consumption to production: the case of soy

Posted on 27 October 2016

SEI Research featured in latest WWF Living Planet Report

SEI Researchers in York have contributed a section  in WWF's Living Planet Report 2016 which illustrates how new tools and methods to link consumption impacts on specific production landscapes are revolutionizing environmental footprinting, using a case study of Brazilian soy.

‌‌Footprint indicators – such as the Ecological Footprint – provide a picture of overall resource use. To look deeper in the nature of production-related impacts on the environment it is necessary to obtain additional information on the location of production, production processes used, their reliance on external inputs (such as water and fertilizers) and and so on. Even moderate advances in disaggregating links between consumption and production can offfer significant insights into supply chain dependencies and drivers of impact. 

This section of the Living Planet Report presents data from integration of the IOTA and SEI-PCS models regarding the sourcing of soy from different states of Brazil to meet demand in the European Union. It discusses recent advances in the area by SEI and others.so on. Even moderate advances in disaggregating links between consumption and production can offfer significant insights into supply chain dependencies and drivers of impact.

‌Read the Living Planet Report (external link)

Read a Q&A with SEI York researchers Chris West and Simon Croft »