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

Rachel Kennerley at [email protected] or on 0044 (0) 207 566 1652.