Conference: The four footprints in policy & practice
How land, water, carbon and material footprints can help create a more resource efficient Europe.
11th February 2014, 9.15am – 6.30pm
Press Club Brussels, 95 Rue Froissart - 1040 Bruxelles
On 11th February Friends of the Earth welcomed a packed room to our conference exploring how the four footprints - Carbon, Water, Land and Material footprint - are already being successfully and practically used in business and beyond.
The one day event brought together policy-makers, academics, campaigners and experts from business who are already seeing the benefits of using the footprint approach.
The event coincided with the lead-up to an expected package of measures on resource efficiency and the circular economy that is due from the European Commission in the first half of this year.
We were delighted to welcome a range of speakers, listed below along with their presentations where applicable:
- Florence Coulamy, Unilever - Presentation
- Ute Collier, UK Committee on Climate Change - Presentation
- Davy Vanham, European Commission Joint Research Centre - Presentation
- Philip Chamberlain, C&A Europe - Presentation
- Ruth Mathews, Water Footprint Network - Presentation
- Dr Michael Warhurst, Friends of the Earth - Presentation
- Michalel Warhurst stood in for Meghan O’Brien, Wuppertal Institute - Presentation
- Duncan Pruett, Oxfam - Presentation
- Frank Honerbach, German Environment Minstry - Presentation
- Keith James, WRAP - Presentation
- Martin Barrow, Carbon Trust - Presentation
- Julie Raynaud, Trucost - Presentation
- Jo Leinen MEP
- Jacques Bonnin, DG Environment - Presentation
- Natalia Matting, DG Enterprise
- Jacques Delsalle, DG Environment Agriculture, Forests and Soil Unit
- Henriette Faergemann, DG Environment Water Unit
- Bas Eickhout MEP
The 'Four Footprints'
Pressure on the world’s resources is rapidly increasing. To improve the resilience of our economy, to minimise price increases, and to reduce our environmental & social impacts, we need to become more resource efficient.
The starting point is to measure and manage our resource use, using the ‘four footprints’ – carbon, water, land and material footprint.
This means we can start to understand how much resources are being used and what they are being used for:
- Land – the real area of land used, wherever it is in the world
- Carbon – the total amount of climate changing gases released
- Water – the total volume of water used, whether freshwater, rainwater or water polluted by the activity
- Material – the tonnage of materials used, including the ore mined in order to extract metals
More information is available from http://www.foeeurope.org/resources
Rachel Kennerley at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0044 (0) 207 566 1652.