Footprinting covers a range of tools for assessing the impact of particular processes, businesses or operations, and is used to quantify that impact on a consistent basis. Carbon footprinting, for example, describes greenhouse gas emissions in terms of the CO2 equivalents, whilst water footprinting examines the direct and indirect water use of a business. Equally, it is possible to consider the footprint of a project in multiple fields (e.g. resource use, pollution, etc.), so as to build an overall picture of the environmental impact of an industry or sector. Whatever the impact (or impacts) being considered however, footprinting is an invaluable tool for assessing the performance of a particular business, and comparing it both to others of a similar nature or perceived best practice.

AERU’s expertise have been used extensively to carry out this sort of evaluation, and examples of the work we’ve done can be found on the following pages:

University of Hertfordshire
University of Hertfordshire, 2014.