In recent years, attempts have beenmade to develop an integrated Footprint approach for the assessment of the environmental impacts of production and consumption. In this paper, we provide for the ﬁrst time a deﬁnition of the “Footprint Family” as a suite of indicators to track human pressure on the planet and under different angles.
A description of the research question, rationale and methodology of the Ecological, Carbon and Water Footprint is ﬁrst provided. Similarities and differences among the three indicators are then highlighted to showhowthese indicators overlap, interact, and complement each other. The paper concludes by deﬁning the “Footprint Family” of indicators and outlining its appropriate policy use for the European Union (EU).