The Water Footprint Assessment Manual : Setting the Global Standard.

People use lots of water for drinking, cooking and washing, but significantly more for producing things such as food, paper and cotton clothes. The water footprint is an indicator of water use that looks at both direct and indirect water use of a consumer or producer. Indirect use refers to the ...

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Main Author: Aldaya, Maite M.
Other Authors: Chapagain, Ashok K., Hoekstra, Arjen Y., Mekonnen, Mesfin M.
Format: eBook
Published: Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2012.
Online Access:Click for online access
Table of Contents:
  • The Water Footprint Assessment ManualSetting the Global Standard; Copyright; Contents; List of Figures, Tables and Boxes; Acknowledgements; Preface; Acronyms; Chapter 1Introduction; 1.1 Background; 1.2 The water footprint concept; 1.3 Water footprint assessment; 1.4 Guide for the reader; Chapter 2Goals and Scope of Water Footprint Assessment; 2.1 Goals of water footprint assessment; 2.2 Scope of water footprint accounting; 2.3 Scope of water footprint sustainability assessment; 2.4 Scope of water footprint response formulation; Chapter 3Water Footprint Accounting.
  • 3.1 Human appropriation of fresh water: What do we measure and why?3.2 Coherence between different sorts of water footprint accounts; 3.3 Water footprint of a process step; 3.3.1 Blue water footprint; 3.3.2 Green water footprint; 3.3.3 Grey water footprint; 3.3.4 Calculation of the green, blue and grey water footprint of growing a crop or tree; 3.4 Water footprint of a product; 3.4.1 Definition; 3.4.2 Schematization of the production system into process steps; 3.4.3 Calculation of a product water footprint; 3.5 Water footprint of a consumer or group of consumers; 3.5.1 Definition.
  • 3.5.2 Calculation3.6 Water footprint within a geographically delineated area; 3.6.1 Definition; 3.6.2 Calculation; 3.7 National water footprint accounting; 3.7.1 The national water footprint accounting scheme; 3.7.2 Calculation of the water footprint within a nation; 3.7.3 Calculation of the water footprint of national consumption; 3.7.4 Water savings related to trade; 3.7.5 National water dependency versus water self-sufficiency; 3.8 Water footprint accounting for catchments and river basins; 3.9 Water footprint accounting for municipalities, provinces or other administrative units.
  • 3.10 Water footprint of a business3.10.1 Definition; 3.10.2 Choosing the organizational boundaries of the business; 3.10.3 Calculation of the business water footprint; Chapter 4Water Footprint Sustainability Assessment; 4.1 Introduction; 4.2 Geographic sustainability: Sustainability of the water footprint within a catchment or river basin; 4.2.1 Introduction; 4.2.2 Environmental sustainability criteria for identifying environmental hotspots; 4.2.3 Social sustainability criteria for identifying social hotspots; 4.2.4 Economic sustainability criteria for identifying economic hotspots.
  • 4.2.5 Assessing primary and secondary impacts in the hotspots identified4.3 Sustainability of the water footprint of a process; 4.4 Sustainability of the water footprint of a product; 4.4.1 Identifying the unsustainable components in the water footprint of a product; 4.4.2 Water footprint impact indices reflecting local environmental impacts; 4.5 Sustainability of the water footprint of a business; 4.6 Sustainability of the water footprint of a consumer; Chapter 5Library of Water Footprint Response Options; 5.1 Shared responsibility.