Conference: The four footprints in policy & practice

18 January 2014

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

Friends of the Earth invites you to a conference exploring how the four footprints - Carbon, Water, Land and Material footprint - are already being successfully and practically used in business and beyond.

This one day event will bring together policy-makers, academics, campaigners and experts from business who are already seeing the benefits of using the footprint approach.

This event is happening in 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.

Speakers include:

  • Florence Coulamy, Unilever
  • Ute Collier, UK Committee on Climate Change
  • Davy Vanham, European Commission Joint Research Centre
  • Philip Chamberlain, C&A Europe
  • Ruth Matthews, Water Footprint Network
  • Dr Michael Warhurst, Friends of the Earth
  • Meghan O'Brien, Wuppertal Institute

To attend, please visit our registration page.

Places are limited so we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

If you have any questions please contact Rachel Kennerley at or on 0044 (0) 207 566 1652.

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