Environmental impacts and hot spots in the supply chain

Atlas on Environmental Impacts in Supply Chains

Analysis of environmental impacts in eight elected German industries along the global value chain from resource extraction to companies’ own sites.

The environmental footprint arising from companies’ international supply chains is often significantly higher than in their facilities in Germany.

The atlas uncovers the environmental footprint of supply chains, which until now companies could only inadequately identify.

The study analyses 8 industries

  • Fashion Retailing
  • Chemical Industry
  • Electronics Industry
  • Automotive Industry
  • Food Retailing
  • Machinery Industry
  • Metal Production and Processing
  • Paper Industry

The atlas addresses four key areas of environmental impacts

  • Greenhouse gas emissions
  • Air pollution
  • Water consumption
  • Land use

The analysis is based on the method of environmentally enhanced input-output analysis (EEIOA)

„The findings gained as a result of the surveys conducted by the ‚Atlas on Environmental Impacts in Supply Chains‘ study clearly demonstrate that each company needs to systematically take charge of its own supply chain on a long-term basis. This does not only effect reputations, it chiefly influences business opportunities and risks. If upstream suppliers are impacted by water shortages or strict environmental regulations, this can lead to price hikes or complete disruptions of supply, and suddenly one’s business is immediately effected.“

Hubertus Drinkuth

Managing Director, Systain Consulting GmbH

liters of water is consumed by the German food retailers with every Euro of turnover

times the size of the Saarland is the area required for the cotton growing of the clothing sold annually in Germany

megatons of greenhouse gas emissions are emitted by German automotive industry including supply chain annually

Background: Analysis of environmental impacts and social risks

The environmental effects of the eight focus industries have been calculated with an ecologically extended input-output model by Systain. With the estell model, Systain assesses the sustainability performance of economies as well as individual companies. The assessment particularly focusses on effects within the supply chain. The result is a solid factual basis for sustainability management and sustainability reporting. More information

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Dr. Moritz Nill

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Norbert Jungmichel



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