Special Issue "Life Cycle based Assessment Tools for Water Consumption and Management"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Matthias Finkbeiner

Department of Environmental Technology, Technische Universität Berlin, 10623 Berlin, Germany
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Interests: water footprint; life cycle assessment; resource efficiency and availability; life cycle sustainability assessment
Guest Editor
Dr. Masaharu Motoshita

National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan
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Interests: Life Cycle Assessment; Life Cycle Impact Assessment; Water Footprint
Guest Editor
Dr. Markus Berger

Sustainable Engineering, Technische Universität Berlin, 10437 Berlin, Germany
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Interests: water footprint; life cycle assessment; impact assessment; sustainable engineering

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Considering global water stress in many regions around the globe, the analysis and management of freshwater consumption and pollution along the supply chains of products and organizations has gained increasing intention. Therefore, this Special Issue intends to provide an overview of recent methodological developments and case studies covering the broad range of water footprint approaches. This includes traditional volumetric water footprints, ISO 14046 based impact oriented approaches, as well as recent developments in the field of the Product Environmental Footprint and Organizational Life Cycle Assessment. Furthermore, papers are welcome that address the recent efforts of database providers to satisfy the increasing inventory demands of modern water footprint methods concerning spatially and temporally explicit water flows. Next to identifying hotspots in global supply chains by means of water footprinting, concrete local actions are needed to mitigate water stress. Therefore, this Special Issue also invites papers addressing the management and stewardship of water at the basin level.

Prof. Dr. Matthias Finkbeiner
Dr. Masaharu Motoshita
Dr. Markus Berger
Guest Editors

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  • water footprint
  • life cycle assessment
  • ISO 14046
  • case studies
  • inventory database
  • water stewardship

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Open AccessFeature PaperArticle Potential Impact on Freshwater Resources from Agrofuel Feedstock Cultivation in Thailand: Implications of the Alternative Energy Development Plan 2015
Water 2017, 9(12), 919; doi:10.3390/w9120919
Received: 18 October 2017 / Revised: 22 November 2017 / Accepted: 24 November 2017 / Published: 26 November 2017
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The impact of water use in areas with abundant freshwater resources should not be the same as areas with limited resources. This impact is quantified as water scarcity footprint. The monthly water stress index with reference to environmental water requirement is proposed as
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The impact of water use in areas with abundant freshwater resources should not be the same as areas with limited resources. This impact is quantified as water scarcity footprint. The monthly water stress index with reference to environmental water requirement is proposed as a characterization factor. The biofuel policies of Thailand—cassava and sugarcane for bioethanol, and oil palm for biodiesel—were selected for the assessment based on land expansion and displacement scenarios. Cultivation was found to be the most water intensive phase in producing both biodiesel and bioethanol. Thus, the proposed index was applied for assessing and selecting areas having low values of the water scarcity footprint. The results showed low values for expanding oil palm plantations on abandoned land and displacing plantation areas with low yields of maize and pineapple with sugarcane and cassava. Additionally, shifting the crop calendar could be considered to reduce the stress situation such as the central region can avoid the water scarcity footprint by 38% from shifting sugarcane cultivation. Consequently mitigating this potential impact and threats to the ecosystem based on specific circumstances and context would be achieved through applying the proposed index in water resource and land suitability planning. Full article

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