ISO recently published a handbook to help organizations, in particular small to medium enterprises (SMEs), better understand ISO 14046 and maximize the benefits that it offers.
Sebastien Humbert, co-author of ISO 14046 Environmental management —Water footprint —A practical guide for SMEs, said water footprinting is a relatively new type of assessment compared with others such as carbon footprinting and there are numerous methodologies with varying results.
“Having been developed with the involvement of thousands of contributors from around 60 countries and 20 non-governmental organizations, ISO 14046 provides international consensus on a common language for all interested parties, and provides a framework to measure the environmental impacts resulting from their water use,” Humbert said.
“This handbook helps organizations prepare for and undertake a water footprint assessment using ISO 14046, through practical guidance on not only the main clauses, but also those most open to interpretation.”
ISO 14046 Environmental management —Water footprint—A practical guide for SMEs is available from national ISO members and the ISO Store.