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Water Footprint

What is Water Footprinting?

The water footprint is an indicator of water use that looks at both direct and indirect water use of a consumer or producer.

The water footprint of an individual, community or business is defined as the total volume of freshwater that is used to produce the goods and services consumed by the individual or community or produced by the business.


  • The increasing consumption of water and overuse of aquatic systems has already resulted in a dramatic deterioration of aquatic ecosystems worldwide. This disruption has lead to a shortage of freshwater availability in some regions of the world.
  • The consequences of overuse will be multilayered ranging from supply drop outs to significantly higher prices for potable water. This means companies need to especially manage their water footprint - the risk of high direct water consumption at their own sites and indirect water consumption in their supply chains.
  • The analysis of a Product or Corporate Water Footprint is the first step towards identifying the processes and activities significantly influencing your company’s water consumption and that of the supplier chain.
  • Based on this analysis we will then develop a list of core indicators in close cooperation with you in order to systematically reduce risks and prevent cost increases.
  • thinkstep has acquired in-depth expertise over the years regarding calculations of Water Footprints and Water Management.
  • Water Footprints of companies, products and provision of services are part of our portfolio - considering the entire supplier chain and virtual water supply.

Details of Benefits

  • Analyze the direct and indirect water consumption of your organization or products.
  • Identify Water Footprint risks and develop mitigation strategies.
  • Optimize the water footprint and reduce associated environmental impacts.
  • Reduce costs in your supply chain and increase resource efficiency.
  • Improve internal and external environmental communication with reliable information.
  • Display success in environmental performance management and responsibility.

Calculate and reduce your Water Footprint with GaBi Software


  • Analyse – direct and indirect water consumption from product to organisation level
  • Identify – risks and develop mitigation strategies
  • Optimise – water footprint and reduce environmental impacts
  • Reduce – costs and increase efficiency
  • Differentiate – against competitors


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