The MAGIC team from the James Hutton Institute ran a virtual workshop with members of the European Environmental Agency (EEA) and EEA Topic Centres on Tuesday 2nd June 2020. Lasting 90 minutes, the workshop consisted of two parts. First, an introduction to our Quantitative Story Telling (QST) methodology, illustrating the promise of societal metabolism accounting approaches for cross-scale, cross-sector analysis of socio-ecological systems. Second, some results illustrating the application of QST to the EU’s contribution to Sustainable Development Goal 2 (Zero Hunger), covering environmental and technical challenges associated with agricultural production, the dependency on trade beyond the EU and the need to look at supply chains and food consumption choices. Participants discussed the methodological challenges that our approach tries to overcome, and how they compared to existing analysis undertaken within the EEA. These insights will be used to help us better understand how EU policies can help to meet the UN SDGs and the degree or nature of change required.
Workshop with European Environment Agency
02 June 2020