The Water Footprint of British Milk Production

Project details
The aim of this project was to estimate the volumetric water consumption of British dairy production in relation to its potential environmental impact.


  • A framework for the analysis of water footprint for GB milk, taking account of international developments in water footprinting methodology
  • An estimate of the water required to produce a litre of milk across a range of dairy production systems
  • Consumption by water source (i.e. Blue - piped or extracted; Green - rainwater), and relationships with regional water availability
  • Review of opportunities for water conservation and increasing water use efficiency

Completion Date
July 2013

Lead Contractor
Cranfield University


Related products and resources
The final report 'The volumetric water consumption of British milk production' is available for download.

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