Technological Centre

Analysis of water footprint and carbon footprint as environmental tools


CETIM are experts in Life Cycle Assessment to measure the environmental impact of products and services during all stages of their existence.


In order to improve and evaluate the environmental impact, indicators such as the water footprint and carbon footprint emerge, which allow us to analyze the impact on the environment and on the planet of all kinds of products and processes


We use methodologies such as Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), carbon footprint, water footprint or net environmental impact of eutrophication following different widely recognized calculation methods, such as ReCiPe v.1.1, UseTox, ILCC or Environmental Prices, among others. According to the product or process under analysis, the method that best represents its environmental profile is selected.



Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a design tool that investigates and evaluates the environmental impacts of a product or service during all stages of its existence: extraction, production, distribution, use and end of life (reuse, recycling, recovery and elimination/disposal of waste).


Its use is increasingly widespread, and sectors such as construction are beginning to implement these methodologies as a measure to anticipate legislative changes and the requirements of designers who use the information from the Declarations in Green Public Procurement (GPP), private purchasing criteria. or certification schemes for buildings and construction works.


CETIM Technological Centre are specialized in the development of Life Cycle Assessment and Cost Cycle Cost of processes and products, both in the research and industrial fields. We carry out LCAs from cradle to grave, cradle to door, door to door or door to grave, always in accordance with current standards such as UNE-EN ISO 14040 and 14044. To perform environmental profiles we use the SIMAPRO software v.9.1 that incorporates different databases such as Ecoinvent 3.6, Industry data 2.0 or Agri-footprint.


From CETIM, we also make environmental declarations of products (Type III Ecolabel), applicable in different sectors under globally accepted certifications (such as EPD International® or GlobalEPD, among others) and we advise and support our clients in obtaining other environmental certifications of sectoral type, Type I-II Ecolabels and development of ecodesign strategies. We are also registered in Environdec® as an accredited entity to perform LCA / EDP.



With the use of these same methodologies as for the Life Cycle Assessment, CETIM we carry out carbon footprint and water footprint assessments following the guidelines of UNE EN-ISO 14067 and ISO 14046, respectively. Regarding the calculation of the water footprint, we are experts in the application of different calculation methodologies such as water scarcity (remaining available water method) or the water footprint network (calculation of water, gray and green footprint) for different products and processes.



Success stories
At CETIM we have extensive experience in the development of carbon footprint and water footprint analysis. We work on projects such as LiOn HD -strategic materials in high energy density lithium-ion batteries for sustainable electromobility- in evaluating the reduction of the carbon and water footprint associated with new products and technologies.