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Ecological resource availability: a method to estimate resource budgets for a sustainable economy

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Desing Harald, Braun Gregor, Hischier Roland,
Project Laboratory for Applied Circular Economy (LACE)
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Global Sustainability
Volume (Issue) 3
Page(s) e31 - e31
Title of proceedings Global Sustainability
DOI 10.1017/sus.2020.26

Open Access

Type of Open Access Publisher (Gold Open Access)


Non-technical summary Resources are the basis of our economy and their provision causes major shares of the global environmental burdens, many of which are beyond safe limits today. In order to be sustainable, our economy needs to be able to operate within those boundaries. As resources are the physical ‘currency’ of our economy, we present a method that allows translating Earth system boundaries into resource budgets. This ecological resource availability determines the global annual production of a resource that can be considered absolutely sustainable. The budgets can be managed like financial budgets, bringing absolute environmental limits one step closer to decision-makers.