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EU urged to calculate its water footprint

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Monday, 14 March 2011

EU urged to calculate its water footprint

"The Global Water Footprint Standard helps us all know more about how much water we use, where it comes from and how we each can take steps to make our water footprint sustainable," said Ruth Mathews, executive director of the Water Footprint Network, which developed the standard. The standard explains how countries, companies or individual citizens can assess their water footprint, Mathews told EurActiv. The key driver behind the water footprinting concept is "to help move humanity as a whole to sustainable, equitable and efficient water use," she stressed. "We need to look at the humanity's water footprint at a river basin compared to what's needed for ecological and social purposes," she said, "and determine whether it is within the sustainability boundaries for the environment and social proposes". Existing calculations by the network show that "the water footprint of common products such as coffee can be surprising".

Source: Euractiv