Input-output analysis and carbon footprinting: An overview of applications

J.C. Minx, T. Wiedmann, R. Wood, G. Peters, M. Lenzen, A. Owen, K. Scott, J. Barrett, K. Hubacek, Giovanni Baiocchi, A. Paul, E. Dawkins, J. Briggs, Dabo Guan, S. Suh, F. Ackermann

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This article provides an overview of how generalised multi-regional input-output models can be used for carbon footprint applications. We focus on the relevance and suitability of such evidence to inform decision making. Such an overview is currently missing. Drawing on UK results, we cover carbon footprint applications in seven areas: national emissions inventories and trade, emission drivers, economic sectors, supply chains, organisations, household consumption and lifestyles as well as sub-national emission inventories. The article highlights the multiple uses of generalised multi-regional input-output models for carbon footprinting and concludes by highlighting important avenues for future research. © 2009 The International Input-Output Association.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-216
Number of pages30
JournalEconomic Systems Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2009


  • Multi-regional input– output model
  • Carbon footprint
  • Emission inventory
  • Trade
  • Consumption based accounting

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