Material flow management & material flow analysis in innovation & sustainability consulting
What is successful material flow management & material flow analysis?
Successful material flow management requires sufficient information about the respective flows, a material flow analysis, as well as material flow evaluation and the development of strategies.
- Material flow analysis as a basis for management:
Before further steps can be taken, a material flow analysis of the substances and materials must be carried out. In contrast to the LCA, which primarily takes environmental impacts into account and is internationally standardised, the material flow analysis focuses on the paths and quantities of the flows.The analysis is based on services, products, processes or areas of need. The material flow analysis can then be illustrated with the aid of flow diagrams.
- The next step – material flow evaluation:
Material flow evaluation considers the operationalisation (making measurable) of objectives: How can the objectives be observed and measured? Then indicators are recorded. These indicators are used to carry out a target-performance comparison. A further part of material flow evaluation is the definition of priorities for measures.
- Development of strategies – Concrete instructions for action:
The aim of material flow management is to develop strategies. First a selection of measures or operations is made with the companies, followed by an impact analysis of the measures and finally an evaluation and decision on the measures is made.
Why are actors in material flow management important?
In material flow management, the holistic chain of actors (employees, suppliers, customers, visitors, etc) of a material flow is included in the process. The cooperation of actors is an essential component of successful management.
Through their actions and decisions, suppliers and producers exert direct influence on the course of the material flows. Our sustainability consulting creates win-win situations that make cooperation attractive for all partners. This also includes actors at more distant levels such as trade associations, banks and insurance companies as well as environmental and consumer associations.