SEI Contact:

Tommy Wiedmann

Environmental Impacts of Trade (EIPOT)

The EIPOT Project (Environmental Impacts of Trade) is aimed at developing a suitable methodology to assess trans-national environmental impacts.

It brings together existing knowledge and ongoing research for the assessment of global environmental impacts of traded goods and services. It does so by reviewing past and current accounting methodologies and identifying, specifying and developing a suitable integrated approach that can be applied by national statistical offices and other users.

Many existing methodologies such as life-cycle assessment (LCA), resource flow and material flow analysis rely on average data and do not easily allow for local impacts of production and consumption, or infrastructure associated with production, use and disposal. This is especially important when assessing products and services whose production-consumption chain spans across several national boundaries.

EIPOT is funded by the SKEP ERA-NET (Scientific Knowledge for Environmental Protection). This is a partnership of 17 government ministries and agencies, from 13 European countries, responsible for funding environmental research. The SKEP network aims to facilitate the improvement of science into policy processes and to support evidence-led modern regulation.

Consortium members and external experts of the EIPOT project
- SEI York

- Sustainable Europe Research Institute, SERI, Austria

- Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, MNP, Netherlands

- Statistics Sweden, Environmental Accounting Unit, SCB, Sweden

- Prof Dr Manfred Lenzen, Centre for Integrated Sustainability Analysis (ISA), University of Sydney, Australia

- Dr Jesper Munksgaard, Econ Pöyry, Copenhagen, Denmark

- Dr Glen Peters, Center for International Climate and Environmental Research (CICERO), Oslo, Norway

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