Water footprint: A new approach for a more sustainable future

  • Virág Nagypál University of Szeged
  • Edit Mikó University of Szeged, Faculty of Agriculture
  • Imre Czupy University of Sopron http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7032-1323
  • Cecilia Hodúr University of Szeged, Faculty of Engineering
Keywords: water management, water footprint, blue water, green water, gray water

Abstract

Sustainability of water use has got into focus recently, as availability of fresh water resources is under depletion. Population growth, extreme weather conditions (drought), increasing global meat demand all results in higher water consumption of humanity and ecosystem. Water footprint is a promising indicator, which assesses both qualitative and quantitative deterioration of fresh water supplies. By identifying blue, green and grey water components, water use can be assessed in a more comprehensive way.

Furthermore impact assessment of different components during production and processing let us identify crucial points of water use, where more efficient solution should be found. As a consequence of a more conscious and sustainable water use assessment considering water footprint, there is a chance, that future generations will inherit fresh water supplies at least in the same condition as we got it from our ancestors. 

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Published
2019-12-03
How to Cite
Nagypál, V., Mikó, E., Czupy, I., & Hodúr, C. (2019). Water footprint: A new approach for a more sustainable future. Analecta Technica Szegedinensia, 13(2), 12-20. https://doi.org/10.14232/analecta.2019.2.12-20
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