Ecological footprint represents
The post production phase is over, and the research on the Ecological Footprint of the 100% Environmentally Friendly Show has come to an end. The making of the show required in total around five global hectares (gha) of bioproductive land. The figure below illustrates what caused this imprint on planet earth. This blog is to give a detailed insight on concept, approach and measured data on all stages of this research.
The green box below shows the of the footprint of the show. Gha stands for global hectares. Note We could not directly measure the energy and resource consumption the audience, theater personell, or theater infrastructure cause for each performance on a daily basis. In the section on we describe how we estimated that.
Measuring the show’s Ecological Footprint
We use the footprint as scientific concept to calculate the shows imprint on planet earth. The Ecological Footprint measures appropriated biocapacity expressed in global average bioproductive hectares, across five distinct land use types (Built-up Land, Cropland, Grazing Land, Forest, Fishing Ground). In addition there is one category of indirect demand for biocapacity in the form of absorptive capacity for carbon dioxide emissions.
The average Ecological Footprint of an Austrian for 2007 was slightly above 5 global hectares (gha), nearly twice as much as the available Austrian biocapacitiy per capita (data and methodological description are available at footprintnetwork).
In order to get an idea what the show in all it’s production states requires in terms of global hectares we set a tight research schedule. In a first phase, we collect raw data and measure person activities related to the show as well as requirements on infrastructure. We calculate a subset of the Personal Ecological Footprint every day.
Person activities and used infrastructure (ie. for the heating of the rehearsal rooms or materials used for the making of the set) are measured separately. New insights are posted on a weekly basis. More details of this research (such as data tables) are available in the working paper.
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