This is the first time the indicator has been released, following a multi-year development process. Results estimate the hectares of deforestation, the biodiversity loss and the scarcity weighted water use associated with UK consumption, alongside a range of other impact types. In addition to the experimental statistic itself, a dashboard has been published that allows users to visualise and interact with the data, for example by breaking it down to see results for specific commodities and producer countries of interest. The publication was an update to one of the UK Biodiversity Indicators, and it is planned that results will also feed into the 2022 Outcome Indicator Reporting cycle for the 25 Year Environment Plan.
The work to produce the indicator was funded by Defra, with JNCC leading on its development, and analyses undertaken by the Stockholm Environment Institute at the University of York. Additional support towards developing the dashboard was also provided by Trase and the GCRF Trade Hub.