The Environment Strategy for Scotland: Delivering the Environment Strategy Outcome on Scotland's Global Footprint - Evidence Base & Policy Levers

This report presents evidence and initial recommendations on how the Scottish Government could use the available policy levers to help ensure Scotland’s international environmental impact is sustainable.


We would like to thank all members of the Global Footprint Outcome Working Group and the participants of the joint Economy & Global Footprint Workshop on 11th July 2023, which contributed to this report.


This report has been developed for the sole use of the Scottish Government and funded by the Rural & Environment Science & Analytical Services Division through the Contract Research Fund Programme. The research within this report contains the views and judgement of the authors based on available data and evidence, and does not reflect the official opinion of the Scottish Government. Responsibility for the information and views expressed therein lies entirely with the primary authors. The information in this report was up to date as of 7th September 2023, except where indicated in the text.


This report has been developed by Global Footprint Network for the sole use of the Scottish Government.

  • David Lin, Ph.D., Global Footprint Network
  • Mathis Wackernagel, Ph.D., Global Footprint Network
  • Nicola Horsburgh, Ph.D. Cand, University of Stirling
  • Prof. Andrew Tyler, University of Stirling

Global Footprint Network, an international nonprofit organization founded in 2003, envisions a future where all can thrive within the means of our one planet. We enable our vision through our mission: to help end ecological overshoot by making ecological limits central to decision-making.

Our Partner Network comprises more than 70 organizations around the world. This helps guide our research agenda and contributes to the development of the Footprint methodology and standards. Our work with business, government and individuals helps to ensure the Footprint is relevant and practical.



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