ISO Water Footprint Standard Published

After a short development, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published a water footprint standard to help businesses and other organizations measure their potential environmental impact of water use and pollution.

The new International Standard, ISO 14046:2014 entitled Environmental management – Water footprint – Principles, requirements and guidelines, is based on a life cycle assessment and can help to inform organisations in their:

■Assessment of the magnitude of potential environmental impacts related to water,
■Identification of ways to reduce those impacts,
■Facilitating water efficiency and optimization of water management at product, process and organizational levels and
■Providing scientifically consistent and reliable information for reporting water footprint results that can be tracked over time.

In addition, it recognises geographical and time-based dimensions that may affect the water quantity and changes in water quality.

A copy of the new International Standard to join the ISO 14000 family can be obtained from ISO at or from your local National Standards Body.

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