The workshop started off with participants understanding their personal and industrial water footprint
and calculating the overall virtual water footprint
In a study of the water footprint
of Hyderabad Metro Development Authority (HMDA) region, researchers observed that while agriculture accounts for nearly 70 per cent consumption of water, in what is known as the 'green water footprint
,' urban areas consumed nearly 20 times more virtual water through their various consumption items than physical water, contributing to the 'red footprint.'
Being the only company in Pakistan aligned with DuPont Environmental Standards, and additionally fully compliant with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Pakistan, Engro Fertilizers remains the torchbearer in combating climate change through major environmental improvement projects like Carbon and Water Footprint
Reduction and Energy Optimization projects, as well as its One Million Tree Plantation initiative.
Per ton of product, or even per calorie, animal products generally have a larger water footprint
than crop products - for beef it's reported to be 20 times larger than for cereals and starchy roots.
He said currently the organization was working with the government and private sector to reduce their water footprint
in industrial processes and enhance environmental compliance under the International Labour and Environmental Standards applications in Pakistan's SMEs (ILES) project in collaboration with the International Labour Organization and funded by the European Union.
In our view, with government tightening regulations towards water usage and Ecolab's technologies, we can help our customers both save money and secure their future by reducing their water footprint
. Simple mathematics explains it: there is a finite amount of fresh water in the world and an increasing number of people who need it -- more than 9 billion people by 2050, according to the UN.
Water use can be represented by the total water footprint
of a region, to inform water management.
| Cutting the time you spend in the shower by just one minute not only reduces your 'water footprint
' by hundreds, if not thousands, of gallons of water a year - it will also noticeably reduce your gas or electricity bill.
A free Water Footprint
Calculator is offered on the website of the GRACE Communications Foundation (www.
"Abu Dhabi has high carbon and water footprint
and we want to reduce it," the official said.
It offers innovative and energising learning opportunities for young people, helping them to understand how to reduce their own water footprint
and help others to do the same.