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Climate change, as well as smog/haze, are crucial environmental challenges of our time. Carbon emissions footprint is a key environmental accounting tool for business managers, policy makers and non-governmental organisations attempting to identify mitigation measures that reduce the threat of climate change. The society is increasingly engaged in carbon emissions footprint as a part of policy development and product design. Footprints have reached worldwide popularity, and the environmental issues they are addressing become increasingly diverse, as climate change and smog/haze issues (Greenhouse gas including Carbon Emissions footprint), freshwater use (water footprint), land use (land footprint), material use (material footprint). Footprints are an important tool for development and assessment of the circular economy. Industry's contribution to the achievement of sustainable development, engage the challenge of providing competitive results and products in the short term while trying to protect and preserve natural and human resources in the long term. This includes crucial issues as a food waste, waste avoidance dealing based on circular economy principles as well as an environmentally responsible behaviour.
Sustainability requires human society to develop a strategy that accepts and understands its responsibility towards living conditions and environment both in regional and worldwide level. Very important for research achievement is the wide international collaboration, cross-fertilisation and exchange of results. Sustainability issues global, especially dealing with greenhouse gases the joint effort is evidently key issues.
There are certain challenges to be overcome by science on the way to providing tools and solutions to practitioners and decision makers. In terms of methodology, it is important to appropriately integrate the footprint indicators into the overall system models and evaluation procedures. This implies understanding and modelling the mechanisms, via which the footprints are related to the primary system factors and the degrees of freedom.
They are also some legal aspects to be deal with: Patenting and copyright law, intellectual property rights. Those issues are even more restricting when the research is proprietary and industrially funded. The legal, economically viable and mutually acceptable ways should be searched. One option is collaborative research and co-funding, which is the case for the European Community funded project. Another valuable tool is agreements as Memoranda of Understanding and Contractual Collaboration Agreements facilitating networking.
This research has been supported by the EU project "Sustainable Process Integration Laboratory - SPIL", project No. CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/15_003/0000456 funded by EU "CZ Operational Programme Research, Development and Education", Priority 1: Strengthening capacity for quality research in contractual collaboration with Pazmany Peter Catholic University, Budapest, Hungary, The University of Manchester, UK, University of Fudan, Shanghai, China, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin, China, Jiaotong Xi'an University, Chian, Universiti Technologi Malaysia, Johor Bahru and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.