What is a water footprint

Water footprint

A company's water footprint is the total amount of water required to produce goods and services.

Increasing water consumption and overuse of water systems have led to a dramatic deterioration and, in some regions, to a scarcity of global water supplies. The consequences will be complex - from supply bottlenecks to a drastic increase in the cost of water supply.


  • A higher direct water consumption at one's own location and the indirect water consumption in the value chain represent a risk for companies that has to be actively controlled by water management.
  • Analyzing the water footprint at the product level or at the level of the entire company is the first step in identifying the processes and activities that determine the water consumption of your company and your supply chains.
  • Based on this analysis, we work with you to develop a catalog of measures to systematically reduce your water use and costs and to prevent future risks.
  • thinkstep has many years of expertise in determining the water footprint: water footprints and water management of companies, products and services are part of our portfolio - taking into account the entire supply chain or virtual water.

Your advantages

  • Analyze the direct and indirect water consumption of your company and your products.
  • Identify risks and develop strategies to reduce your water consumption.
  • Optimize your water footprint and increase the efficiency in handling your resources.
  • Reduce costs in your own company and in your supply chains.
  • Communicate with your stakeholders based on sound and reliable information.
  • Demonstrate your success in the environmental sector and take on social responsibility.

Calculate and reduce your water footprint with GaBi software


  • Analysis of direct and indirect water consumption
  • Identification of water risks
  • Optimizing the water footprint
  • Reduce costs and increase efficiency
  • Strategy development to reduce water consumption