Water Footprinting: How to Address Water Use in Life Cycle Assessment?

dc.contributor.authorBerger, Markus
dc.contributor.authorFinkbeiner, Matthias
dc.date.accessioned2011-01-26T18:02:03Z
dc.date.available2011-01-26T18:02:03Z
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.description.abstract"As freshwater is a vital yet often scarce resource, the life cycle assessment community has put great efforts in method development to properly address water use. The International Organization for Standardization has recently even launched a project aiming at creating an international standard for ‘water footprinting’. This paper provides an overview of a broad range of methods developed to enable accounting and impact assessment of water use. The critical review revealed that methodological scopes differ regarding types of water use accounted for, inclusion of local water scarcity, as well as differentiation between watercourses and quality aspects. As the application of the most advanced methods requires high resolution inventory data, the trade-off between ‘precision’ and ‘applicability’ needs to be addressed in future studies and in the new international standard."en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournalSustainabilityen_US
dc.identifier.citationpages919-944en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume2en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10535/6902
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.subjectwater resourcesen_US
dc.subject.sectorWater Resource & Irrigationen_US
dc.titleWater Footprinting: How to Address Water Use in Life Cycle Assessment?en_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.type.methodologyCase Studyen_US
dc.type.publishedpublisheden_US

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