ECOTEXNANO TOOL. A tool for the safe use of nanomaterials in the textile finishing industry

Environmental Indicators Evaluation


This module includes four environmental indicators: Carbon footprint (g CO2 eq.), Waste production (g), Water consumption (L) and Energy consumption (MJ).

  • Carbon footprint calculates the total greenhouse gases emissions of the different materials and processes involved in the finishing of textiles using the characterization factors of global warming potential proposed by the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) in the year 2007, over a period of 100 years.

  • Resource depletion calculates the amount of resource that it is lost during the finishing textile process.

  • Water consumption calculates the water consumption during the finishing production of the functional textile, that is, the amount of water consumed as a resource during the elaboration of the materials used and in the fulfilled processes. It includes fresh water obtained from different natural sources. The Water depletion indicator from the impact assessment method, Swiss Ecoscarcity 2006, has been the one used.

  • Energy consumption calculates the total accumulated demand of energy provided by different primary sources, both renewable and non-renewable included. It has been used the European Cumulative Energy Demand (CED) indicator from the method published by Ecoinvent.

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