The new version of the eFoodPrint ENV software for the calculation of indicators of environmental sustainability of agricultural products has been developed with the collaboration and scientific support of IRTA.

The calculations of indicators of water footprint and carbon footprint in agriculture have been validated by certification bodies (DNV-GL and KIWA), and in this new version the methodology of the ISO is added to the WaterFoodPrint Network methodology and PAS 2050, calculating also water footprint according to ISO 14067 and carbon footprint according to ISO 14046.

Other software innovations that are added to the indicators of water footprint and carbon footprint for products in agriculture are the following:

• The new version 2.0 allows the calculation of hydroponic and greenhouse crop products
• Incorporates a new module with mitigation recommendations to reduce both the water footprint and the carbon footprint
• Incorporates the calculation of Eutrophication (impact of water quality
• Allows you to enter the availability of open water rafts to reduce the footprint
• It incorporates the AWARE indicator -Available Water Remaining- from WULCA, referring to the calculation of the water scarcity footprint, considering the potential impacts associated with the amount of water available. The annual AWARE index is taken into account by country and by river basin.)

As the main motivations for calculating the water footprint in agriculture, we must bear in mind that the agricultural sector is the sector that has the greatest impact on the consumption of water resources and that according to the FAO, if current trends continue, by 2025 two-thirds of the world population will live in water scarcity.

Finally, note that evaluating these indicators is the first step to better understand the impact of agricultural practices and thus be able to establish actions to reduce both the water footprint and the carbon footprint of agricultural products.

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