The report also contains a temporal analysis up to 2050, and a corporate application. A whole range of global data sets have been applied at the country level of detail.

This new concept aims at bringing together previously diverging Footprint approaches, and at the same time incorporates additional sustainability objectives such as species threats and biodiversity decline, and international trade. It does so by applying state-of-the-art numerical techniques such as multi-region input-output analysis, finite-difference temporal iteration, spatial autocorrelation analysis, Monte-Carlo simulation, Structural Decomposition Analysis and Structural Path Analysis.

Especially biodiversity plays a prominent role amongst the causal drivers of future Ecological Footprints, and thus combines the two themes of WWF’s Living Planet Report.