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Sustainable EngineeringOrganizational Water Footprint – Local Measures in global Value Chains (WELLE)

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Organizational Water Footprint – Local Measures in global Value Chains (WELLE)

In current industry practice water is managed and controlled at the production site only – even though the largest share of water is usually consumed in the energy and material upstream chains. In order to tackle this shortcoming a method for analyzing the entire organizational water footprint will be developed, which includes water consumption in the background system and analyses potential regional impacts in addition to the volumetric consumption. To support applicability a water inventory database and a water footprint tool will be provided. These will be tested in case studies conducted by industry partners to establish the first organizational water footprints in different branches. Based on the results of the water footprint, which identified potentially relevant water consumption patterns throughout the global supply chain, the local water risk at relevant suppliers will be analyzed. Subsequently, a water stewardship process is started which aims at reducing water consumption at the supplier and to bring together local stakeholders (industrial consumers, agriculture, local authorities, NGOs, etc.) to start common actions in improving the local situation in the respective basin. Finally recommendations are provided to combine the global perspective of the water footprint with locally acting water stewardship measures.

The project WELLE is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).


Project duration: April 2017 – March 2020


Project partners:

Technische Universität Berlin

Deutsches Kupferinstitut e.V.

Evonik Industries AG

Neoperl GmbH

Thinkstep AG Volkswagen AG



M.A. Silvia Forin

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Tel: +49 (0)30 314-79502

Fax: +49 (0)30 314-21720

e-mail: silvia.forin@tu-berlin.de


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