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Who created the tool for hotspot analysis?

The Hotspot Analyis Tool for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP-HAT) was commissioned by the Life Cycle Initiative together with the One Planet Network and the International Resource Panel.

The tool was developed by WU Vienna, in collaboration with CSIRO kindly supported by KGM & Associates who provided the Eora database.

One Planet network

The One Planet network is working to make sustainable consumption and production (SCP) a reality. Composed of 700 partners from governments, businesses and civil society organizations, this multi-stakeholder partnership has formed over the last 5 years to support the implementation of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP), a UN Member States’ initiative adopted in 2012 and now embedded in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The One Planet network serves an implementation mechanism for Sustainable Development Goal 12 that provides tools and solutions to tackle the social, economic and environmental challenges of a world with growing needs and finite natural resources.

International Resource Panel

The International Resource Panel (IRP) was launched by the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) in 2007 to build and share the knowledge needed to improve our use of resources worldwide.

The Panel consists of eminent scientists, highly skilled in resource management issues. Their reports distil the latest scientific, technical and socio-economic findings around global resource use. They provide advice and connections between policymakers, industry and the community on ways to improve global and local resource management. The Panel includes scientists and governments from both developed and developing regions, civil society, industrial and international organizations.

The Panel’s goal is to steer us away from overconsumption, waste and ecological harm to a more prosperous and sustainable future.

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The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is Australia’s national research institute and among the top 1% international science institutes globally. CSIRO has been a research collaborator with UN Environment since a decade informing SCP and resource efficiency policies through scientific analysis, datasets, indicators and modelling.

Life Cycle Initiative

The Life Cycle Initiative is a public-private, multi-stakeholder partnership enabling the global use of credible life cycle knowledge by private and public decision makers.

Hosted by UN Environment, the Life Cycle Initiative is at the interface between users and experts of Life Cycle approaches. It provides a global forum to ensure a science-based, consensus-building process to support decisions and policies towards the shared vision of sustainability as a public good. It delivers authoritative opinion on sound tools and approaches by engaging its multi-stakeholder partnership (including governments, businesses, scientific and civil society organizations).
The Initiative facilitates the application of life cycle knowledge in the global sustainable development agenda in order to achieve global goals faster and more efficiently.

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Vienna University of Economics and Business

The research group “Global Resource Use” at the Institute for Ecological Economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) is one of the leading European groups in the areas of natural resource accounting and indicators, modelling and assessments, focusing on materials, water and land use.

Together with CSIRO the group compiles and maintains the Global Material Flows Database of the UN International Resource Panel.

It is engaged in further developing approaches on environmental accounting, in particular in the area of multi-regional input-output (MRIO) models for calculating consumption-based resource use indicators.



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Advisory team

The tool development was reviewed and advised by a team of renown experts in the field, including members of the International Resource Panel (IRP) and Life Cycle Initiative (LCI):  Hans Bruyninckx (European Environmental Agency), Jillian Campbel (UN Environment), Edgar Hertwich (Yale University), Manfred Lenzen (The University of Sydney), Stephan Pfister (ETH Zürich), Sungwon Suh (University of California, Santa Barbara), Sonia Valdivia (World Resources Forum), and Ester van der Voet (Leiden University).

Country experts

This tool was developed with the active participation of the Secretariat of Environment and Sustainable Development of Argentina, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Ivory Coast, and Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan. While piloting the methodology and tool, they provided valuable feedback regarding policy relevance and application: Maria Celeste Piñera, Prem Zalzman, Javier Nahem, Mariano Fernandez (Argentina), Alain Serges Kouadio (Ivory Coast), Aliya Shalabekova, Saule Sabieva, Olga Menik (Kazakhstan)

Project management and coordination

10YFP Secretariat / One Planet network
Fabienne Pierre, Programme Management Officer, with the support of Listya Kusumawati, Consultant, under the supervision of Charles Arden-Clarke, Head of the 10YFP Secretariat

Life Cycle Initiative
Llorenç Milà i Canals, Head, and Feng Wang, Programme Management Officer, Secretariat of the Life Cycle Initiative

International Resource Panel
María José Baptista,
Economic Affairs Officer,
Secretariat of the International Resource Panel

Technical supports

Stephan Lutter, Stefan Giljum, Pablo Piñero, Maartje Sevenster, Heinz Schandl

Data management and visualisation
Pablo Piñero, Maartje Sevenster and Jakob Gutschlhofer

Daniel Schmelz and Jakob Gutschlhofer


The project also benefited from the generous financing support of the European Commission and Norway.

Identifying SCP hotspots for policy action