These guidelines are intended to reach better understanding of water footprint assessment within the dairy sector. They provide transparency about a dairy product’s water profile throughout its life cycle to allow monitoring, quantification and evaluation of the potential environmental impacts related to water use. The document reviews previous work on life cycle assessment and provides guidelines on standardization of water footprint.
The guidelines followed ISO 14046, and are aligned with the LEAP guidelines for water use that cover all livestock sectors.
Keywords: water footprint assessment, life cycle assessment, environmental impact, dairy products, dairy farm.