Water Footprint - ISO 14046

Water Footprint

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A water footprint analysis allows an assessment of the magnitude of the impact on water of a product, process or organization, by using the methodologies specified in the ISO 14046 standard, "Environmental management - Water footprint - Principles, requirements and guidelines."
Published in final form in August 2014, the ISO 14046 standard makes it possible to adopt a unified methodology and to obtain consistent results which can be communicated to the end-consumer.
The analysis is based on a life-cycle approach, taking into account water management along the entire production chain, starting from raw material extraction to end-of-life treatment.
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The excessive demands placed on natural resources, owing to phenomena such as economic development, population growth and climate change, entails an acceleration in the depletion of such resources. Adopting a more responsible attitude therefore becomes essential, in particular with respect to the management of water resources.
A water footprint is an effective instrument to measure the quantity of water used in production processes and a vital step in assessing the environmental impacts caused by such activities.


Any organisation using water resources in their products or processes, that wishes to  demonstrate its commitment to protecting  the environment and reduce risks related  to the poor management of water

Your Benefits

Optimised water management: improve resource management, resulting in a reduction of the risks caused by over-exploitation of water resources, ensuring larger supplies and higher quality.
Environmental sustainability: a water footprint analysis makes it possible to identify environmental impacts and ways to seek their reduction.
Transparency: basing the analysis on a complete life-cycle provides transparency in conveying information to consumers and producers, thereby enhancing your company’s image.

The Certification Process

The main stages of the certification process are:

  • Dispatch of a certification application, indicating the elements necessary to the presentation of an offer, Issuance of the offer;
  • Performance of a certification audit;
  • Issuance of the certificate following a positive deliberation by the Certiquality Technical Commission;
  • Annual surveillance audits and triennial re-assessment.