Dr Brad Ridoutt is a Principal Research Scientist with Australia’s national science agency – The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). His expertise is in life cycle sustainability assessment which is applied to agricultural production, food systems and sustainable diets. He has been a pioneer in the field of water footprinting and is currently leading a task group of the UNEP-SETAC Life Cycle Initiative on footprint indicators. He is also engaged in the international harmonisation of sustainability assessment and reporting aimed at reducing costs and risks for business and improving the quality of environmental declarations and labels directed toward the public. In this regard, he is the Australian delegate to several ISO working groups. He also chairs Standards Australia’s national committee on life cycle assessment and is a member of national committees on environmental labelling and greenhouse gas measurement and accounting. Dr Ridoutt has published around 70 papers in scientific journals. He has a PhD in plant physiology from the University of Melbourne.