Global Sustainability and the ecological Footprint

On 23 December 1998 the Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment (‘VROM’) requested the VROM Council to prepare an advice on the ecological
footprint. The introduction to the request refers to the fact that the effects of consumption and production in the Netherlands extend far beyond our national frontiers. Given that the Netherlands has a shared responsibility for promoting sustainable development, there is a need to gain insight into the ecological footprint of the Netherlands, the scope for modifying this footprint, and the significance of these matters for Dutch environmental policy.