Assessing physical trade flows of materials of biological origin to and from Scotland 2014
Freshwater Terrestrial Human Activities JNCC Publications 0963-8091 JNCC report series 533 Crops Decision-making Economics Ecosystem services Environmental accounting Environmental assets Food Goods Mass flows Monitoring National accounting Natural capital Social–ecological systems
The UK, and Scotland, is heavily dependent on products of biological origin – both produced domestically and sourced from overseas. This dependence on ‘biomass’ includes the consumption of products derived from timber and plant fibres (e.g. clothing, energy), but also foodstuffs used both for direct human consumption and in animal feed. Importantly, consumption of biomass is not necessarily ‘direct’ (i.e. utilised directly in the production and final use of products) but can occur further upstream within the supply chain. Accounting for ‘indirect’ biomass use (i.e. that occurring across the whole manufacturing chain of a specific product) is very important if the total impacts associated with consumption are to be properly assessed.
Resource type Publication
Topic category Environment
Reference date 2014·10·01
Croft, S., Dawkins, E. & West, C. (2014) Assessing physical trade flows of materials of biological origin to and from Scotland, JNCC Report No. 533. JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 0963-8091.
A study to quantify consumption of biomass (food, feed, fibre) within the Scottish economy and assess potential impacts that may be associated with this consumption.
Communications, JNCC publisher
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Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0
Metadata date 2019·08·30
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