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30 September 2015. In almost everything that is produced, water leaves a footprint. Water scarcity is one of our most urgent global problems. According to the World Economic Forum, water crisis are the global risk with the highest potential impact. It’s time to start asking ourselves whether we know what our water footprint is and how to reduce it.
SUST4IN the sustainability specialist company, organized yesterday at the Madrid International Lab the II Water Footprint International Conference, which presented and discussed the latest developments about the water footprint, with topics like the Sustainable Development
II WATER FOOTPRINT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: Summary
- Water footprinting, namely the standard ISO 14046, becoming a mainstream global tool in corporate water management
- Summary of the II Water Footprint International Conference, organized by SUST4IN.
Goal (SDG 6) about water and sanitation, the new ISO 14046:2014, personal water footprints, the nexus water-energy-food, life cycle assessment (LCA) and environmental product declaration (EPD).
The event had a great impact, with delegates from different sectors, from Spain, Turkey, Italy and other countries. Professor Ramón Llamas, Director of the Water Observatory from the Botín Foundation has explained the potential role of the water footprint to facilitate the governance of the water. Juan Andrés Salido, DNV GL Footprint Solutions Manager, has exposed his company’s perspective about the water footprint and whom said: “There is a clear link between water management and business growth. By contributing to healthy water management and reducing water footprint in the areas where companies operate, it lays a foundation for business prosperity while contributing to enhanced sustainability and reduced water risk. There is a clear link between water management and business growth. By contributing to healthy water management and reducing water footprint in the areas where companies operate, it lays a foundation for business prosperity while contributing to enhanced sustainability and reduced water risk.”
Next, the scientist, professor and Californian entrepreneur DL ‘West’ Marrin has presented “Using Personal Water Footprints to Assess Shifts in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus”. María José Amores Barrero, Aqualogy Projects Chief, has explained the water footprint applications to industry through two case studies.
José Manuel Vidal, Technical Director at Innovar en Alcalá de Guadaíra, has presented another case about water footprint applied to the agribusiness sector. Lastly Marta Antonelli, Principal Researcher of the Sustainable Diets Observatory at the Barilla Center part of the Nutritional and Food Foundation, has exposed the final case study about Barilla Company, the pasta producer leader in the world.
After a round table, Marcio Viegas, founder and managing director at SUST4IN, has summarized with this words: “It has been clear that the water footprint, specially the standard ISO 14046, is being used as a robust and practical tool for companies looking for good water management and to reduce their impacts, and that the most critical sector is the agribusiness which has already started using the standard”
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