Water footprinting

Reducing your company’s water footprint is an effective way to reduce your environmental impact. With SimaPro, all the building blocks you need to calculate your company’s water footprints yourself are now available. With SimaPro, you now have all the tools you need to calculate your company’s water footprints yourself.

All the elements of water footprinting now available

Water footprinting requires a detailed water modelling approach and the use of specialised impact assessment methods and data. The methodology for calculating a water footprint has been available for some time now, but the first regionalised inventory database has only just been released. ISO 14046, the standard on water footprinting, was only released in 2014. Now, all the building blocks to calculate a proper water footprint are available in SimaPro.

An important consideration when it comes to reducing your water footprint is where the water comes from. Using a litre of water in the Netherlands has a very different environmental impact than using a litre of water in Ethiopia. A water footprint allows you to assess your company’s impact on water scarcity: not just how much water you use, but also its quality and local availability.

Calculating water footprints with SimaPro

SimaPro allows you to identify regions with high water stress, pinpoint business activities that cause significant water impacts and compare scenarios for reducing your water use impacts. You can calculate your water footprints on an organisational level or a product level.

SimaPro has a wide range of water footprint impact assessment methods, both on midpoint and endpoint level. This allows you to select the method that best suits your needs and to do sensitivity checks with other methods. Detailed water flows on a regional level allow you to do the precision modelling needed to get a detailed result.

"At Steelcase, we have been using SimaPro since we started to perform LCAs, about ten years ago. We use SimaPro both to support our eco-design strategy and to create our Environmental Products Declarations (EPDs). Especially both its robustness, its flexibility and the support provided by the developer, PRé Sustainability, are the reasons why SimaPro is the best option for us. We have never been disappointed."

Sébastien Zinck - Manager, Eco-design and Life-Cycle Assessment at Steelcase

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Making sustainability data more accessible

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Other benefits for your organisation

Water footprinting

Reducing your company’s water footprint is an effective way to reduce your environmental impact. With SimaPro and its data and impact assessment methods, you now have all the building blocks you need to calculate your company’s water footprints yourself.

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Carbon footprinting

Most companies have more influence over greenhouse gas emissions than they think. SimaPro provides you with everything you need to calculate your company’s carbon footprint and respond to what’s probably the most important environmental issue at this moment.

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Standardised EPDs

Environmental product declarations (EPDs) help you communicate the results of your sustainability analyses to your company, consumers or other audiences. SimaPro offers powerful reporting functionality to streamline the creation of your EPDs.

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