Virtual Water Analysis
CleanMetrics now offers an integrated water footprint solution for many products
and industry sectors. Using our standards-based life-cycle inventory database
and life-cycle assessment software tools, we can
provide reliable and high-quality life-cycle assessments focused on the use of
water as a resource.
Why Virtual Water?
-- also known as embodied water or the water footprint -- accounts for the
direct and indirect water use in the production, delivery and use of a product.
It is becoming an increasingly important environmental performance metric along
with carbon footprints. Fresh water -- drawn from rivers, lakes and groundwater
-- is needed not only to sustain life at a basic level but also to produce the
vast array of products and services that we consume.
World Bank estimates that 67% of fresh water worldwide is consumed by
agriculture and 22% by industry. In the United States, 41% of water goes to
agriculture, mostly for irrigation, according to the
Economist. The share of irrigation water use is 70% in China and 90% in
India. At the same time, an increasing proportion of the world's
population lives in countries that are chronically short of water. Our dependence on fresh water is rivaled only by our dependence on fossil fuels for
Conserving water and minimizing the water footprint of our products and buildings
is a pressing need in the same league as reducing greenhouse gas emissions. A
life-cycle water footprint analysis of products and buildings is a crucial
analytical tool that can help advance the cause of sustainable production and
At CleanMetrics, we have worked on a wide range of commercial projects using life-cycle methods and focused on
environmental performance metrics such as carbon footprints. The products we
have analyzed and the sectors we have served represent a virtual cross section
of the economy. In addition to our life-cycle
assessment software tools, we have now developed a life-cycle inventory database
that includes cradle-to-gate water use data for many hundreds of products and
processes in agriculture and industry, so we are well prepared to tackle the
challenge of water footprints. Our mission is to help your
business address the challenge of sustainable production and consumption with the best collection of
tools, data and expertise.
We offer a range of solutions depending on your needs and in-house expertise.
For organizations that are looking for a turn-key solution, we can use our
software tools, database and technical expertise to provide a complete
and deliver analytical results tailored for your specific business needs.
For organizations with internal expertise in life-cycle assessment and
environmental footprints of products, we can license our software products with integrated
life-cycle inventory database. We can also license our
database separately if
you have other means of performing the analyses.
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