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Introduction to the UNEP Project on Water footprint, neutrality and efficiency (WaFNE) CILCA, Coatzacoalcos, April 2011 Sonia Valdivia Guido Sonnemann.

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1 Introduction to the UNEP Project on Water footprint, neutrality and efficiency (WaFNE) CILCA, Coatzacoalcos, April 2011 Sonia Valdivia Guido Sonnemann Maite Aldaya Sustainable Consumption and Production Branch Division of Technology, Industry and Economics United Nations Environment Programme

2 Agenda UNEP and Thematic Priorities WAFNE project
Water Accounting Systems Water Assessment in LCIA Go through agenda/outline of the presentation

3 1 UNEP and the thematic priorities

4 UNEP Thematic Priorities
Climate Change Harmful Substances & Hazardous Waste Ecosystem Management Resource Efficiency & SCP * Disasters & Conflicts Environmental Governance Describe the 6 priority areas of UNEP Biodiversity is cross-cutting, can be touched upon in multiple of these themes Will focus on SCP – our branch = SCP, RE – our unit = IRMU, contains both the Resource Panel and the Life Cycle Initiative *SCP = Sustainable Consumption & Production

5 WaFNE - Efficiency Economic efficiency + Environmental efficiency =
Resource efficiency (water, materials, energy, land & emissions)  By producing more wellbeing with less resource consumption, RE enhances the means to meet human needs while respecting the ecological carrying capacity of the Earth. Reducing the environmental impact of consumption and production of goods and services over their full life cycles

6 WaFNE overview - Goal To enhance water efficiency and water quality management through the refinement of water accounting/ footprint and water neutrality methodologies with support of related management tools, their testing and application in (i) high water impact and water dependent industry sectors, used by their financiers and investors in due diligence and stock picking exercises, as well as (ii) water-stressed / scarce regions, used by public authorities in local water service and conservation operations.

7 WaFNE outline Time frame: 3 years (2009/10 – 2012/13) Partners:
UNEP: UNEP SCP Branch (Paris), UNEP Finance Initiative - FI (Geneva), International Environmental Technology Centre - IETC (Osaka) UN Global Compact – CEO Water Mandate Business & Industry: participant companies, organizations Relevant UN institutions, expert institutes & networks: UN- Water, Pacific Institute, Water Footprint Network and UNEP/ SETAC International Life Cycle Initiative - ILCI, Global Reporting Initiative - GRI

8 WaFNE overview - Outputs
Methodologies, tools Guidelines Country pilot tests / demonstrations Capacity platform and awareness raising Dialogue forums & communications

9 WaFNE activities Refinement, promotion of methodologies and tools for application of water accounting/ footprint related concepts / tools Under development: Expert groups working on a Life Cycle Impact Assessment methodology. Under development: ISO – Water Footprint Standard under development Available: ISO Footprint Network methodology

10 WaFNE activities 2. Guides
UNEP publication on “Corporate Water Accounting”. Includes Water accounting methods: WFN “Water Footprint”, LCA WBCSD Global Water and GEMI Water Sustainability Tools. Authors: Pacific Institute and Institute for Environmental Research and Education

11 WaFNE activities 2. Guides Under development Private sector
Report Water efficiency improvement in the corporate sector in South East – Asia (Vietnam)

12 WaFNE – Activities 2. Guides Under development Public sector
UNEP report ‘Water footprint application, policy and measures at different geographic scales’ 1. WF application at different geographical scales 2. Policy framework and measures 3. Framework of the WF application in geographical areas

13 WaFNE activities 3. Country pilot tests / demonstrations
Applying water accounting/ footprint related concepts & management tools in: - selected industry sectors (e.g. apparel) - financial sector - selected geographical locations Later in June 2011: Pilots on water efficiency in South East – Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia) – Levis, H&M, Nordica and Nike.

14 WaFNE – Activities 4. Capacity platform & awareness raising
Under development: Online capacity building platform for water accounting and management Ongoing: Regional capacity building and training of trainers on the use of the water footprint management tools in developing countries. Example: UNEP/SETAC Training on 7 April, CILCA

15 WaFNE – Activities 5. Dialogue Forums & communications Ongoing: Providing input to UNEP’s Resource Panel work on water accounting and footprint

16 WaFNE – Next Activities 2012 and on
Pilot projects in water-intensive industry sectors in target countries, providing co- financing to interested companies funded by GTZ, Korean Funds, and others

17 2 Water accounting systems

18 Water accounting systems
Production Eurostat/OECD joint questionnaire System of Environmental and Economic Accounting for Water (SEEA-W) FAO AQUASTAT Water footprint dataset Consumption Input output analysis Partial and general equilibrium models Process analysis (LCA, WF) Water neutrality

19 Water neutrality
Water Neutral is an awareness campaign to promote the offsetting of water used and consumed through support of water related to prevention, recycling, reuse, and efficient use and distribution of water.

20 3 Water assessment in LCA

21 LCIA Midpoint-Damage Framework of the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative
Water Inventory

22 Water use in LCA - Framework

23 Other ‘water’ impact assessment methods

24 Review of methods addressing water

25 ISO 14046 Water Footprint • Development process: 2010-2012.
• Objective: develop an international standard specifying requirements and guidelines to assess and report water footprint based on life cycle assessment.

26 Sources ISO (2011) ISO 14046, Water footprint – Requirements and guidelines. Available from: articles/isofocusplus_bonus_water-footprint.htm Morrison, J. and Schulte, P. (2010) Corporate water accounting: An analysis of methods and tools for measuring water use and its impacts. UNEP, The Global Compact CEO Water Mandate. Available from: nalysis.pdf UNEP DTIE (2011) Water Footprint, Neutrality and Efficiency (WaFNE) Umbrella Project. United Nations Environmental Programme, Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, Sustainable Consumption and Production Branch. Available from: UNEP SETAC (2011) UNEP SETAC Life Cycle Initiative. Available from: WFN (2011) Water Footprint Network. Available from:

27 WaFNE Project For more information: Guido Sonnemann, PhD
Sonia Valdivia, PhD Maite Aldaya, PhD SCP Branch UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics

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