Material Footprint Network
Cooperation for the efficient management of natural resources
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Spheres of action
• Preservation and efficient management of natural resources –
• the prerequisites for human survival and economic production
• Establishment of a system that allows tracing, measuring and
• handling the overall exploitation of natural resources
• Systematically trace and redesign our consumption and production
• habits to make them resource efficient and sustainable
• Conservation and further development of an uniform data basis
• available to everyone on national as well as international level
• Viable design and control of value chains and markets in
• a sustainable, eco-efficient and innovative way
• Support of resource efficient product and lifestyle innovations and
• their distribution
The consumption of natural resources
• Raw materials
by human beings exceeds by far the ability of ecosystems to regenerate
and thus poses a threat to our prosperity and to ourselves. We are about
to destroy the prerequisites for our survival. This requires rethinking our
production, consumption and the whole economy. Considering the world’s
growing population, natural resources have to be used more efficiently and
wisely in order to sustainably maintain the current level of prosperity.
It is our vision that economy and society become more sustainable, use
fewer resources, and enforce a common focus on intelligent management
of both ecology and society. This is aimed at reducing the current use of
resources by factor 10, while maintaining our level of prosperity.
We want to positively and actively contribute to establishing an ecologically
and socially sensitive economy by using our competences and knowledge.
In this context, the wellbeing of nature and society are of our utmost concern.
The network is designed for all who share our goals and spheres of action,
so that we can connect with each other on a global scale. We want to
contribute with our know-how to develop synergies arising from mutual
The initiators are SERI (Austria), Wuppertal Institute and Trifolium
(both Germany), and D-mat (Finland).
Spheres of action
Our network aims at contributing decisively to the further development of
theoretical background of the MIPS concept (material input per service unit)
as well as other life-cycle-based methods. The founders of this network
have extensive experience in assessing the lifecycles of materials, goods
and activities in various areas. At the same time, we seek to include the
information in indicator systems for sustainability on a larger scale, and
implement the introduction of systems and instruments managing this
These methods may be applied with companies, locations, technologies,
products, services, value networks, households and lifestyles. In the
process of identifying optimisation potentials, it is essential to establish
coherent and consistent methods of measurement. Thus, partial redesign
as well as redesign from scratch are facilitated.
The Material Footprint Network supplies a database that is based on proven
methods for calculating resource consumption. It is constantly being
improved and extended by supplying more internal and external input.
Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI)
Dr. Friedrich Hinterberger
Garnisongasse 7/17, AUT-1090 Vienna
Tel. +43 (0)1/9690728-11
Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy
Research Group Sustainable Production and Consumption
Prof. Dr. Christa Liedtke, Katrin Bienge, Klaus Wiesen
Döppersberg 19, D-42103 Wuppertal
Tel. +49 (0)202 / 2492 – 130 (Fax -138)
Trifolium – Beratungsgesellschaft mbH
Alte Bahnhofsstraße 13, D-61169 Friedberg
Tel. +49 (0) 6031 68754 – 64
Purokatu 34, FIN-15200 Lahti
Tel. +358 (0)40 54 12 876