ISO 14046

ISO 14046:2014 - Environmental management -- Water footprint

This is the international standard that will specify the principles, requirements and guidelines of assessing and reporting water footprints. This will apply to products, processes and organizations based on life cycle assessments. ISO 14046 will provide requirements and guidance for calculating and reporting a water footprint as a standalone assessment – or as part of a wider environmental assessment.

A water footprint is a way of assessing potential environmental impacts related to water. And ISO 14046 gives you the option to assess your water footprint as a standalone study where only the impacts relating to water are considered. It also allows you to consider this as part of a life cycle assessment where all environmental impacts are considered.


The requirements and recommendations given in ISO 14046 provide elements for understanding how water use can be improved by accounting for the volumes used and quantifying scarcity and pollution, as well as other related impacts.

When applying ISO 14046, societal, environmental, legal, cultural, political and organizational

diversity should be considered, as well as differences in economic conditions.

A water footprint assessment can help in:

  1. assessing the magnitude of potential environmental impacts related to water;
  2. identifying ways to reduce potential water-related impacts of products at various life-
  3. cycle stages, and of processes and organizations;
  4. facilitating water efficiency and optimization of water management at product, process
  5. and organizational levels;
  6. providing scientifically consistent and reliable information for reporting water footprint
  7. results.


The industry landscape is always changing. These changes have impacts to your customer needs and require the evolution of your management system. Considerations include:

  1. Changing Regulatory Needs
  2. Global Outsourcing
  3. Evolving Customer Requirements
  4. Shorter Delivery Deadlines
  5. Integrity Threats in the Supply Chain
  6. Legal Compliance


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