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  • The other footprint: the water footprint

    By now, you’ve all heard of the Carbon Footprint — the measure of the impact human activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of greenhouse gases produced, measured in units of carbon dioxide. Today, KGG sheds light on the other foot; Your Water Footprint. The Water footprint of an individual is defined as the total water used for the production of the goods and services consumed ...

  • Manufacturing water footprint

    Siemens Technology Ltd has published a short article on Water OnLine describing their Top 5 Tips to reduce water footprint in industry. Tips include carefully monitoring water use, treating water as a valuable resource, recycling and reusing where possible and reducing consumption. Audit your water usage: review all the sources of water use within your plant from intake to discharge. Don"t limit ...

  • Water footprints for food

    Carbon footprints are now familiar to most people, but food production and trade leaves yet another important mark on the environment – a water footprint. Research has led to a novel strategy for calculating the impact of international food trade on water supplies and the implications for various water users. New calculations could be a key step towards balancing the demands on dwindling surface ...

  • Worldwide water footprints

    Dark colors are used to indicate a water usage level that exceeds the worldwide average of 1,240 cubic metres per person per year. According to the Water Footprint Organization, China has an annual per capita water usage of only 700 cubic metres, while the USA expends five times as much: around 2,500 cubic metres. Many European countries have some of the world's highest water consumption levels. ...

  • Water footprint of energy

    As Japan’s nuclear power plant emergency has highlighted, water is needed in copious quantities to generate energy. To mark World Water Day, Sandra Postel (National Geographic) considers the huge water footprint of energy generation. According to USGS, thermal power plants (fuelled by coal, oil, natural gas or uranium) account for 49% of water withdrawn. We don’t think much about ...

  • Water footprints make a splash

    If the full water requirements of a morning roast are calculated - farm irrigation, bean transportation, and the serving of the coffee - one cup requires 140 liters of water. This notion of a product's 'water footprint' is gaining traction. Defined as the total volume of freshwater required to produce a nation's goods and services, the tool tracks domestic water demand and the impact of ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Water footprint: have your say

    The Water Footprint Network has launched its Water Footprint Manual, covering a comprehensive set of methods for water footprint accounting. It shows how water footprints can be calculated for individual processes and products, as well as for consumers, nations and businesses, and includes methods for water footprint sustainability assessment and a library of water footprint response options. ...

  • UPM publishes paper’s water footprint in cooperation with Water Footprint Network

    UPM celebrates the World Water Week 2011 in Stockholm by publishing the pilot study results for paper’s water footprint in cooperation with the Water Footprint Network. A Water Footprint Assessment maps the amount of freshwater consumed throughout the production chain of paper. The results show that water for growing trees represents the primary contribution to the total water footprint of ...

  • Water Footprinting' to Deal with Demand for Supplies

    Mission Markets was mentioned in an article published today in the International Herald Tribune entitled "'Water Footprinting' to Deal with Demand for Supplies". The article discusses the growing interest in "water footprinting", similar to carbon footprinting. Here is a brief quote ...


    By 3BL Media

  • Reducing environmental footprint of water industry

    This year will be the fourth European Water and Waste Management Conference, the theme is 'Reducing the Environmental Footprint of the Water Industry'. It is recognised that the provision of clean drinking water and safe sanitation carries a large environmental burden and the carbon emissions from the industry are similar to that of the aviation industry. However a lot is being done to reduce ...

  • Chemical footprint in development

    A measure of chemical footprint is being developed by researchers to assess the environmental impacts of the toxic chemicals released by the production and consumption of goods. The methodology, based on life cycle and risk assessment, is also designed to be linked to the resilience of ecosystems to chemical exposure. Environmental footprints, from carbon emissions to water use, are increasingly ...

  • Borealis undertakes pioneering analysis of water footprint of plastics

    Borealis, a leading provider of innovative, value creating plastics solutions, has completed the plastics industry's first assessment of the Water Footprint of plastics materials. The findings will be discussed at the 2009 World Water Week in Stockholm. A Water Footprint measures the actual volume of fresh water that a business or manufacturing process of a product or service removes from the ...


    By Borealis AG

  • CSIRO partners global Water Footprint Network

    The Water Footprint Network seeks to advance the concept of ‘water footprinting’ as a means of understanding and addressing the negative impacts on freshwater systems of the production and consumption of goods and services. As a Network partner, CSIRO has conducted a range of water footprint case studies on various products – including food products manufactured by Mars Australia – and has been ...

  • Groundwater footprint reveals unsustainable water consumption

    Reservoirs of water stored under the earth’s surface, otherwise known as groundwater, are a valuable resource. However, using a footprinting method, a new global study has indicated that about 1.7 billion people live in areas where groundwater is being used more quickly than it can be replenished. Groundwater supplies water to billions of people and is important for agricultural ...

  • IWS 2013: Coca-Cola and Water Footprint Reduction

    Global beverage manufacturer to participate in region's inaugural International Water Summit The Coca-Cola Company will discuss global and regional methods of water footprint reduction during the International Water Summit (IWS) taking place in Abu Dhabi from 15-17 January 2013. Coca-Cola will also discuss the various social initiatives it has launched in the Middle East as a response to the ...


  • Water footprint of beer more on the farm than in the brewery

    The total water involved in producing beer is overwhelmingly used on the farm rather than in the brewery, according to a report presented to World Water Week by major brewer SAB Miller and leading global environment organization WWF. Water footprinting: Identifying and addressing water risks in the value chain evaluated the water footprints – a way of understanding water use through the whole ...


    By WWF International

  • Coca-Cola and ERM to discuss water risks and footprints

    The ‘Water Footprinting and Availability Risk Management' Summit (to be held on 25th and 26th February, 2010 in San Francisco, CA, USA) is gathering momentum. Senior VP's of Water Stewardship from multinationals in a range of industry sectors are finding the two-day Summit of specific relevance to them. Jeff Seabright, VP of Environment & Water Resources, Coca-Cola, has recently joined the ...

  • GSA Reduces Environmental Footprint by Reducing Water Usage

    Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is honoring the General Services Administration (GSA) U.S. Custom House Building in New Orleans, for saving money, improving lives and protecting the planet by participating in the Federal Green Challenge (FGC). GSA and its tenants reduced their usage of potable water from 2,699,100 gallons in 2012 to 1,376,000 gallons in 2013, resulting in a ...

  • New ISO 14046 Water Footprinting Standard Released

    ISO have recently released a new Water Footprint Standard (ISO 14046) to communicate the importance of evaluating water management and supply. With water being a highly scarce global resource due to drought, water shortages, climate change, contamination and pollution; ISO 14046 promotes efficient measurement to create better management of water. ISO 14046 is a new international standard that ...


    By Inprova Energy

  • Footprint Expert 4.0 software now includes new carbon footprinting standards

    Launch of Carbon Trust Footprint Expert 4.0 enables carbon footprints of products and services to be calculated against PAS2050:2011 and the WRI/WBCSD GHG Product Standard The Carbon Trust has launched a new release of Footprint Expert - version 4.0. Previous versions enabled companies to calculate and report the footprint of their products and services according to the first ...


    By Carbon Trust

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