An international consensus on scarcity for the assessment of water footprints

Anne-Marie Boulay

LIRIDE (Sherbrooke University) and CIRAIG (Polytechnique Montreal)

Anne-Marie Boulay, PhD, graduated from Chemical Engineering at McGill University in 2006 and later on integrated CIRAIG’s team at École Polytechnique of Montreal as a Master student in 2008.She finished her Ph.D. in 2013 on the assessment of water use impacts in LCA. She has become an expert on water footprint, providing water footprint training for UNEP and ISO in developing countries around the world and acting as the Canadian representative for the ISO Water Footprinting standard. It is for her PhD work on water use impacts in LCA that she received the SETAC Europe Young Scientist Award in 2014. She is currently chairing the WULCA working group on water use in LCA of the UNEP-SETAC Life Cycle Initiative and the LEAP working group of FAO on water footprint. These working groups are leading the consensus building process and the scientific work into achieving harmonized methods for assessing water footprint metrics, involving key method developers and stakeholders through an international collaborative effort. 


As water has become one of the international priorities from government and NGOs, metrics to quantify its optimal use have become the center of attention. A water footprint is one such metric, which started form the accounting... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Anne-Marie Boulay (LIRIDE (Sherbrooke University) and CIRAIG (Polytechnique Montreal))
  2. Bare Jane (U.S. EPA)
  3. Lorenzo Benini (European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Directorate D - Sustainable Resources, Bio-economy Unit (D1), Ispra (VA), Italy)
  4. Markus Berger (Technische Universitaet Berlin)
  5. Michael Lathuilliere (University of British Columbia)
  6. Alessandro Manzardo (University of Padova)
  7. Masaharu Motoshita (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology)
  8. Montse Nunez-pineda (IRSTEA)
  9. Brad Ridoutt (CSIRO)
  10. Taikan Oki (The University of Tokyo)
  11. Sebastien Worbe (Veolia)
  12. Stephan Pfister (ETH)
  13. Amandine Pastor (IIASA)

Topic Areas

• Food, energy, water, and nutrient material flows and footprints , • Advances in methods (e.g., life cycle assessment, social impact assessment, resilience a


MS-6 » Sustainable Water systems (10:00 - Monday, 26th June, Room I)

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