environmental footprints Articles

  • Measuring corporate environmental footprint

    Nuno DaSilva, Managing Director of PE Americas, reveals the best methodologies for measuring an organization’s environmental impact. Frequently I get asked for guidance on the best methods for measuring an organization's environmental footprint. Questions tend to be about 'should measurement be based strictly on collecting emissions and energy use data from operational and facility sites?' How ...


    By thinkstep

  • Environmental Footprint - a game changer in sustainability?

    One of the potential hot topics for the near future is the Environmental Footprint. Do you think that this is becoming a game changer in sustainability? How are companies preparing for this? Ramon Arratia, Sustainability Director EMEAI, Interface. ...


    By thinkstep

  • Case study - Environmental footprint and management strategies

    An organization’s environmental footprint (water, chemicals, energy, waste, etc.) is an essential component to maximizing its long-term profitability and fully understanding its risk management profile. Incorporating cost-management information derived using full social and environmental cost accounting or a life-cycle assessment can help facility and environmental managers identify and ...


    By MetaVu, Inc.

  • Assessing the environmental impact of the water footprint in Beijing, China

    Beijing is experiencing a shortage of water resources. Its rapid development and dense population have caused an extreme demand for water. This study quantifies the water footprint of Beijing at the sectoral level using a modified input–output model and estimates the impacts of freshwater use by life cycle impact assessment. The results suggest that the main water source of Beijing industries ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Biofuels and carbon footprint

    Europe’s use of biofuels to fuel its vehicles risks driving land grabs and deforestation, increasing food prices, exacerbating poverty and hunger, and accelerating climate change. We are seriously concerned that the Commission has not yet taken action to ensure that Europe’s green transport policy discourages those biofuels that cause higher greenhouse gas emissions than fossil ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Pulp & Paper Water Treatment - A look at optimizing water resource management

    Application Case Study (Pulp/Paper Operations) The pulp and paper industry has traditionally been a consumer of large amounts of fresh water and power. Recently, increased focus has been given to the optimized efficiency of paper mills and to the environmental sustainability footprint of the industry. Therefore, water resource management has become a more critical factor ...

  • Product carbon footprint guide

    With complex supply chains, extensive outsourcing, and frequent product revisions, the electronics industry has long believed that collecting supply chain emission information is prohibitively expensive. But as industry leaders are proving, creating a carbon footprint for any electronic device can be not just fast and cost-effective, but essential to a competing in tomorrow’s market. Instead of ...


    By thinkstep

  • The New Zealand footprint project

    This new research project will highlight the degree to which and in what ways New Zealanders are living beyond their 'fair earth share' of global resources. The Ecological Footprint (EF) has been proven as an effective indicator providing the means to communicate complex environmental data in a simplified form to diverse groups (Collins et al., 2005) and for high level long–term community ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Carbon footprint, corporate strategy

    Virgin Group includes nearly seventy companies across a diverse range of sectors from aviation to wine distribution, each facing different carbon management challenges. The companies range from small office based organisations with a few employees to large multinationals with thousands of employees. Greenstone was commissioned by Virgin Group to undertake a carbon mapping exercise to identify ...


    By Greenstone

  • A Smaller Footprint - Sustainable Processes for Manufacturing

    Manufacturers working to adopt sustainable practices will find support from a new ASTM International guide. This standard (E2986, Guide for Evaluation of Environmental Aspects of Sustainability of Manufacturing Processes) will serve as a key reference tool in helping business and industries find consistent ways to collect data and evaluate metrics regarding sustainability, ultimately helping them ...


    By ASTM International

  • Reducing industrial water footprint lightens energy footprint, too

    The close connection between the water footprint of an industrial facility, which describes its overall consumption and efficiency of its water use, and its carbon footprint – much of which reflects the energy used to move, heat, cool or treat water – has never been more apparent. And as clean freshwater becomes increasingly scarce and energy becomes more expensive, reducing the water footprint ...

  • What carbon footprint? Asks Corus

    Problem In case you haven’t heard, our planet is getting warmer. At what rate it is occurring or how much human activity has to do with the increasing temperatures is a heated debate, pardon the pun. One thing we do know for sure…carbon dioxide (CO2) is a contributing factor in global warming and humans are responsible for a large portion of these emissions. If you had asked ...

  • Network your way to a global footprint

    Consider this scenario: Your firm has just completed a project that involved assessing your client’s status with regard to OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) and making recommendations to close its gaps. The good news? Your client is so pleased with the outcome that they have asked you to repeat the project, within the next 60 days, for all their U.S. facilities. The challenge? ...


    By The Phylmar Group, Inc.

  • Sustainable Consumption: EU to Propose Methods for Environmental Footprint Analysis

    The European Commission has developed two life cycle based methods for the analysis of environmental impacts for products (Product Environmental Footprint (PEF)) and organizations (Organisation Environmental Footprint (OEF)) to harmonize environmental assessments and their related claims. The methods are currently being tested during a three-year pilot phase, with the 1st wave of pilots for ...


    By SGS

  • Product carbon footprinting: improving environmental performance and manufacturing efficiency

    Product carbon footprinting is based on life cycle assessment (LCA), which is a method of analysis that seeks to quantify the environmental and human-health impacts associated with products and services. LCAs have been used successfully to characterize a number of environmental and social impacts, examples of which include global warming, ecosystem health, and resource depletion. The LCA ...

  • Product environmental footprint in policy and market decisions – applicability and impact assessment

    In April, 2013 the European Commission published the Product and Organisation Environmental Footprint (PEF/OEF) methodology ‐ a life cycle based multi‐criteria measure of the environmental performance of products, services and organizations. With its approach of “comparability over flexibility” the PEF/OEF methodology aims at harmonizing existing methods, while decreasing the flexibility ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • EU to Start Pilot Phase for Environmental Footprint of Products and Organizations

    With the recent Communication “Building the Single Market for Green Products”  and the Recommendation on the use of Product Environmental Footprint (PEF)  and Organization Environmental Footprint (OEF)  methods, the European Commission is pushing forward with the requirement for companies to provide verified, comparable and consistent ...


    By SGS

  • How Communities Are Reducing Ecological Footprints

    MUNICIPAL LEADERS from San Francisco to Melbourne are engaging in sustainability actions from banning plastic bags and bottled water to making commitments to address climate change. But within and beyond cities, growing numbers of local communities are also going green, according to a new Vital Signs Update from the Worldwatch Institute. Worldwide, the 379 “ecovillages” currently registered with ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Degrémont Optimizes Environmental Footprint for 60 Water Treatment Plants

    Over the past 10 years, Degrémont and GE (NYSE: GE) have helped more than 60 local municipalities and industries, including refining and petrochemical, save more than 40 billion liters of water with GE’s ZeeWeed* membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology. The purified ...


    By Water Active Ltd

  • Carbon footprint of food-related activities in Finnish households

    Consumers play an important role in the food chain environmental system. However, there seem to be only few studies that have focused on food-related environmental impacts of consumer activities. This paper identifies the primary consumer activities that affect carbon footprints and their relative importance, and consumer choice in household food-related transportation, preservation and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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