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Material Footprint Network

Cooperation for the efficient management of natural resources




• 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

• Water

• Soil

• Air


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.



















Open network



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


Holger Rohn

Alte Bahnhofsstraße 13, D-61169 Friedberg

Tel. +49 (0) 6031 68754 – 64,




D-mat ltd.


Michael Lettenmeier

Purokatu 34, FIN-15200 Lahti

Tel. +358 (0)40 54 12 876,