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MIRA System Balance 2017: Environmental challenges for the energy, mobility and food systems in Flanders

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With this new publication "System Balance", we aim to investigate how major societal systems perform from an environmental perspective, where there are structural flaws, and what improvements are required. We want to investigate to what extent these systems are, or are not, environmentally balanced and what system changes are needed. The urgency, scope and geographical range of the environmental challenges call for structural innovations in the various system components and of the actors concerned.

The present System Balance is basically an indicator-based analysis, supplemented with information that is still missing in the current set of MIRA indicators (e.g. energy consumption by the different energy services). This may also include information from recent research projects commissioned by MIRA (e.g. the carbon footprint of food consumption).

With this publication we attempt to unearth information that is buried within the indicators. We do this through a well-considered selection of figures and numbers, along with a detailed interpretation of the findings. This publication therefore fits in with MIRA's mission, which is to provide an analysis of the state of the environment, and its form and content make it complementary to the individual indicators at www.milieurapport.be.

Figure: Core societal systems meet diverse human needs, but also account for much of humanity’s environmental burden.

Figure Core societal systems meet diverse human needs, but also account for much of humanity’s environmental burden.

Source: EEA 2016, Sustainability transitions: Now for the long term. Eionet report No1/2016.

o Read the report MIRA System Balance 2017: Environmental challenges for the energy, mobility and food systems in Flanders (pdf, 3.2 MB)

o Read the chapter Energy System (pdf, 980 KB)

o Read the chapter Mobility System (pdf, 1.4 MB)

o Read the chapter Food System (pdf, 724 KB)

o Read the newsitem MIRA System Balance 2017

The report (in Dutch) can be ordered at the VMM website.

o MIRA contact: Marleen Van Steertegem (m.vansteertegem@vmm.be

o Press contact: Katrien Smet (k.smet@vmm.be)