ISO 14046 Water Footprint Verification
Water footprint verification standards generally set a situation for how water will be used. In addition to the purpose of using water in a sufficient and efficient way, it also intervenes in the protection of the environment and all living things. This issue, which should be given importance locally or globally, also shows itself in ISO 14046.
Conscious behavior regarding the use of water and being on the agenda institutionally or politically may occur continuously. It can be expressed as a situation that is also in the attention of international media organs.
Actions based on the calculation of polluted water remain on the agenda during water footprint verification processes. For this, the ISO 14046 water footprint standard becomes involved and stands out with its verification processes.
What is Water Footprint?
Activities based on the recycling of polluted fresh water after any process or activity can be realized under this definition. It is considered as a movement that cares about the most efficient use of water, which is subject to any process or production, in line with certain criteria. Under the name of evaluation, water quality is also seen as a process that is taken seriously.
Along with the water footprint, all risks during the use of water are also subject to process under the name of evaluation. All evaluations are carried out by realizing them, as well as by reporting and presenting with documents. In line with this standard, acting in accordance with the principles and conditions may also come to the fore.
Benefits of a Water Footprint
- It is an action that leads to water conservation to reduce the possibility of future water scarcity.
- It is ensured that negative environmental developments due to lack of water are reduced and subject to control.
- It is ensured that the product is efficient.
- It makes its impact felt after working in partnership with the state.
- It can be put forward to meet the demands of the customers without adversely affecting the environment.
Product Carbon Footprint Verification
The Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) is the best method for determining the climate impact of a product. Throughout a product’s entire lifecycle – from raw material extraction to recycling or disposal – climate-related impacts appear in the form of greenhouse gas emissions. The product’s Carbon Footprint helps identify, analyze, and reduce or (ideally) completely avoid these impacts with the right measures.
In addition to the product-related carbon footprint, there is the Corporate Carbon Footprint (CCF), which takes into account the company’s impact. There are standards and norms that are constantly being developed for the determination of PCF and CCF.
Global climate targets by 2050 aim for a decarbonized world, so all products and services need to be evaluated for climate impacts. As a result, PCF is becoming more and more important.
Product footprints should be associated with a scope or boundary, the most common:
- Cradle to gate: mostly used for business-to-business (B2B) products. It measures the total greenhouse gas emissions from the extraction of raw materials to product production to the factory gate.
- Cradle to grave: mostly used for business-to-consumer (B2C) products. It measures the total greenhouse gas emissions from the extraction of raw materials to the production, distribution, use and eventual disposal of the product.