MHP publishes e-book on CO2 in the automotive industry


Emissions become a key differentiating factor

Ludwigsburg, Germany – The output of CO2 emissions (or CO2 equivalent emissions, respectively) will become another crucial factor in the management of value chains in the automotive industry in the medium term. This is the conclusion drawn by the authors of the e-book “CO2 als Wettbewerbsfaktor in der automobilen Wertschöpfungskette“ (“CO2 as a crucial factor in competitiveness regarding the value chain of the automotive industry“) that has just been published by the management and consulting firm MHP in cooperation with Pforzheim university. “Before, companies tended to assess their supply chain primarily based on kpi’s that indicated the efficiency of processes and the quality of their final output,” says Eva Maria Streppel, MHP consultant and one of the authors. “In future, CO2 emissions along the value chain will also be taken into account – with the aim of reducing them”.

There are three major reasons for this: First of all, an increasing number of countries enact legislation regarding the environmental effects of products and their production – in most cases, CO2 is an issue. Secondly, an increasing number of customers consider sustainability aspects prior to their purchase decision. And thirdly, an increasing number of companies understand their responsibility for protecting the environment and climate. Therefore, OEMs and suppliers that make their emissions transparent and gradually reduce emissions gain a competitive edge.

Basic formula for computing emissions

Although companies are generally willing to lower their emissions, most companies are still unable to obtain reliable data on their CO2 output along the supply chain. In order to make this an easier task, the authors show in their e-book how to derive a basic formula and a computation concept. Based on this information, emissions along the supply chain can be determined. The formulas are based on international standards and regulations and, furthermore, rely on available tools and databases. The e-book will help companies to gain a comprehensive overview of the status quo of measuring and computing emissions. The information gathered in this e-book provides both an introduction to this topic and advanced readings.

The free e-book is available for download from the MHP website: If you would like further information on CO2 as a key factor in the value chain of the automotive industry, the authors will be glad to answer your questions:

  • Eva Maria Streppel, MHP consultant (,
  • Markus Wambach, MHP partner and in charge of Supply Chain Management ( and
  • Dr. Henning Hinderer, professor for industrial engineering at Pforzheim university (

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