Sustainable Engineering

Water footprint of 1 liter of milk

Lack of fresh water is already a major problem in many countries around the world. Due to the projected population growth in the coming decades, the supply of fresh water will become critical for more and more areas worldwide.

Agriculture and its products are one of the largest water consumers in the world, with up to 70% of all water abstraction. In order to ensure sustainable water management, it is particularly important to analyze regional conditions.

This is possible with the help of the water footprint, which indicates the amount of fresh water consumed and/or polluted over the life cycle of a product and analyzes its consequences.

In this project, the water footprint of milk produced in Germany is determined. The aim is to map the differences between the different regional feeding methods.

Dipl.-Ing. Vanessa Bach
Room Z 107
Phone +49 (0)30 314-27941
E-mail vanessa.bach(at)