Environmental handprint approach is currently under development. The main objectives of the Environmental Handprint project (2018-2021) are:
- Development of the assessment methods of handprint for water, nutrient, air quality and resource efficiency
- Development of the company-level carbon handprint assessment method
- Development of the handprint assessment method of the project
The methodology development will be founded on Carbon Handprint approach, which was developed in Carbon handprint project during 2016 – 2018. The purpose of the ongoing Environmental Handprint project is to expand from carbon to other environmental impacts and from product to company-level. The environmental handprint approaches will be founded on the standardized life cycle assessment method as far as possible and provide a framework for identifying environmental impacts in the operating environment. The project is carried out in close cooperation between VTT, LUT University and companies.
Organizations can use handprints to quantify the positive environmental impacts that their customers can achieve by using products or services organizations are offering. The handprint can thus serve as a powerful tool in communications and marketing. By conducting handprint assessments, a company can also find out how their product qualifies in comparison to baseline products. Handprints can therefore also support decision-making and lifelong product design. Company-level handprint allows to assess and communicate the positive impacts of organizations.