ISO 14046 - Water Footprint

Verification of the Water Footprint in accordance with the ISO 14046 standard, to monitor and reduce the water consumption of products and services

Water Footprint represents direct and indirect water consumption for a product, service or a production activity of an organisation.
Its reporting, in accordance with ISO 14046, identifies the elements that contribute the most to Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) by allowing you to define the strategies for reducing this consumption, in order to:

Service Details

Water Footprint verification is based on four indicators:

Verification Procedure


RINA has a long-running experience in the LCA analysis (Life Cycle Assessment), which is the basis for the Water Footprint, Carbon Footprints and the Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) reporting.


When is the term water footprint applicable?
According to ISO 14046, a company can claim to have reported its water footprint when it has analysed all the associated markers, and not just some of them. By the same token, it must specify the type of the indicators analysed.

What are the possible indicators of the water footprint?

Some possible indicators mentioned in the standard are: water footprint scarcity, water footprint availability, water eutrophication footprint, water ecotoxicity footprint, water acidification footprint.

Does the standard also define requirements for the communication part?

No, ISO 14046 only regulates the quantification aspects. However, a third party report is foreseen.


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