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Assessing and Measuring Environmental Impact and Sustainability by Jiri J Klemes

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Chapter 7

The water footprint of industry

Arjen Y. Hoekstra,    University of Twente, Twente Water Centre Enschede, The Netherlands

Industries become increasingly aware that they contribute directly and indirectly to water scarcity and pollution, and that this constitutes a risk they have to respond to. Therefore, a growing number of companies have started to explore their water footprint (WF) and to search for ways they can become better water stewards. The chapter discusses what new perspective the WF concept brings to the table compared with the traditional way of looking at water use. Next, it discusses and compares three methods to trace resource use and pollution over supply chains: environmental footprint assessment; life cycle assessment; ...

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