Years Active: 2009-2014


The UKERC Energy & Environment Theme are conducting detailed multi-country analyses of the environmental impacts associated with UK trade flows and the implications of decisions made in the UK for global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Further Information

This project enhanced the SEI’s “UK-MRIO 1” model by improving the treatment of technological efficiency in other world regions and extending the model to include multi-directional trade. The second work package in this project used the MRIO framework to test different energy/carbon abatement technologies and their impact on ecosystem services.

Research on the ecosystem service of CO2 uptake for climate regulation in marine and terrestrial systems undertaken by two PhD students fed into the model. The ultimate aim was to develop an accounting framework for testing a range of UK energy production technologies and their associated impacts on ecosystem services in any part of the world.

This work was done in collaboration with the Energy Systems theme to link energy systems models and embedded carbon calculated using input-output approaches.

Key Outputs

  • Wiedmann T., Barrett J (2011) A Greenhouse Footprint Analysis of UK Central Government (1990 to 2008) Environmental Science and Policy.
  • Barrett J. And Scott K. (2011) The Role of Resource Efficiency in Climate Change Mitigation Policy - A UK Case Study, Global Environmental Change, available online.