Local Consumption and Global Environmental Impacts: Accounting, Trade-offs and Sustainability, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Local Consumption and Global Environmental Impacts

Accounting, Trade-offs and Sustainability, 1st Edition

By Kuishuang Feng, Klaus Hubacek, Yang Yu


144 pages | 48 B/W Illus.

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This book describes how local consumption, particularly in urban areas, is increasingly met by global supply chains. These supply chains often extend over large geographical distances and have greater global environmental impacts, contributing to pollution, climate change, water scarcity and deforestation.

As consumption is increasingly met by globalised supply chains, causing social, economic and environmental impacts elsewhere, consumption decisions can unknowingly contribute and reinforce global inequality and exploitation. To account for the impacts of consumption and distribution of wealth we need to analyse global supply and value chains. In this volume, the authors provide an overview of key methods of analysis, including Multi-Regional Input-Output analysis and Life Cycle Assessment. Subsequent chapters connect local consumption to the global consequences of different environmental issues, such as water and land use and stress, greenhouse gases emissions, and other forms of air pollution. Each issue is addressed in an individual chapter, including case studies from China, US and UK.

The book will be key reading for students taking courses in environmental sciences, sustainability sciences, ecological economies and geography.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Methodology: Environmental Impact Accounting Approaches

3. Local consumption and global air pollution

4. Local consumption and global land use

5. Carbon footprint of Chinese megacities – the case study of Beijing, Tianjin,

6. The Economic Gains and Environmental Losses of U.S. Consumption

7. Consumption-based accounting of U.S. CO2 emissions from 1990 to 2010

8. Global water footprint of nations: A case study of the UK

9. Conclusions: stepping back

About the Authors

Kuishuang Feng is Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland, USA

Klaus Hubacek is a Professor at the Energy and Sustainability Research Institute Groningen (ESRIG), University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Yang Yu is Assistant Professor in the Division of Social Sciences and Teacher Education at Howard Community College, Maryland, USA

About the Series

Routledge-SCORAI Studies in Sustainable Consumption

The past decade has seen a remarkable increase in academic and policy interest in the notion of sustainable consumption, particularly as the implementation challenges associated with a substantive international agreement on climate protection have become apparent.

Comprising edited collections, co-authored volumes and single author monographs, Routledge-SCORAI Studies in Sustainable Consumption aims to continue this process of intellectual consolidation, while simultaneously advancing conceptual and empirical contributions to this new and important field of study. In particular, this series will explore key issues such as the emergence of new modes of household provisioning, the evolution toward post-consumerist systems of social organization, novel approaches to consumption governance and innovative business models for sustainable lifestyles.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please contact Annabelle Harris, Editor for Environment and Sustainability: Annabelle.Harris@tandf.co.uk 


The Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI) is an international knowledge network of approximately 1000 scholars and policy practitioners working at the interface of material consumption, human well-being, and technological and cultural change. For more information about SCORAI and its activities please visit http://www.scorai.org.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Environmental Economics
NATURE / Ecology
SCIENCE / Environmental Science