We discuss the recent ISO standards which help organizations across the planet identify and define their water footprint. For some, this means taking a step back and looking at their "water footprint". What do I mean by that? Organizations are trying to evaluate how well they are managing water on their site.
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SHARE ISO Water footprint — Principles, requirements and guidelines Water use and management is a key consideration for any organization in light of growing demand for resources and increasing water scarcity. Water management is required at local, regional and global levels — and this also requires a consistent assessment technique.
ISO is the new standard for water footprinting that will provide this consistency and give water footprint results credibility. What is ISO ? This is the international standard that will specify the principles, requirements and guidelines of assessing and reporting water footprints.
This will apply to products, processes and organizations based on life cycle assessments. ISO will provide requirements and guidance for calculating and reporting a water footprint as a standalone assessment — or as part of a wider environmental assessment. What is a water footprint? A water footprint is a way of assessing potential environmental impacts related to water.
And ISO gives you the option to assess your water footprint as a standalone study where only the impacts relating to water are considered. It also allows you to consider this as part of a life cycle assessment where all environmental impacts are considered.
What are the benefits of ISO ? Assess and prepare for the future risks to your water use Identify ways to reduce the environmental impacts of your water use Improve efficiency at product, process and organizational levels Share knowledge and best practice with industry and government Meet customer expectations of increased environmental responsibility.
ISO 14046 - Environmental management - Water footprint - A practical guide for SMEs
ISO 14046 Water footprint – Principles, requirements and guidelines