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Impact driversA measurable quantity of a natural resource that is used as an input to production or a measurable non-product output of business activity

  • E.g., decibels and duration of noise, lumens and duration of light etc. at site of impact.
  • E.g., wetlands, ponds, lakes, streams, rivers or peatland necessary to provide ecosystem services. Could measure of areas of infrastructure necessary for use, such as bridges, dams etc.
  • E.g., volume of CO2, CH4, N2O, SF6, HFCs, and PFCs, etc.
  • E.g., impact on species, ecosystems, habitats or genetic diversity.
  • E.g., area of aquaculture by type, area of seabed mining by type, etc.
  • E.g., volume of PM2.5, PM10, VOCs, NO, NO2, SO2, CO, etc.
  • E.g., volume of minerals extracted, volume of wild caught fish by species, number of wild-caught mammals by species, etc.
  • E.g., volume of waste matter discharges and retained in soil over a given period.
  • E.g., volume of waste by classification (hazardous, non-hazardous, radioactive…), by material constituents (lead, plastic…), or by disposal method (landfill, incineration, recycling…).
  • E.g., area of agriculture by type, area of forest plantation by type, area of open cast mine by type, etc.
  • E.g., volume discharged to receiving water body of nutrients, (e.g. nitrates and phosphates) or other substances (e.g. heavy metals or chemicals).
  • E.g., the volume of groundwater consumed, the volume of surface water consumed, etc.

DependenciesA business reliance on or use of natural capital

  • A business dependence on biodiversity may materialize through some of the other dependencies above. Tick this box if you are interested in biodiversity specifically.
  • E.g., solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, biofuel, fossil fuel.
  • E.g., nature based recreation, tourism.
  • E.g., information from nature (such as for bio-mimicry).
  • E.g., wood fiber, genetic resources, metals, minerals, plant and animal materials.
  • E.g., human or animal food.
  • E.g., crop pest control, pollination.
  • E.g., flood attenuation, water quality regulation.
  • E.g., waste assimilation, noise and dust regulation.
  • E.g., Fresh water (ground, surface or rain) or sea water.
  • E.g., employee satisfaction and stress release, sacred sites and indigenous traditions that support company staff or operations.

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Sectoral scope

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Valuation type The process of estimating the relative importance, worth, or usefulness of natural capital to people or to a business, in a particular context

Organizational focus The part or parts of the business to be assessed e.g., the company as a whole, a business unit, or a product, project, process, site, or incident

  • Assessment of a corporation or group, including all subsidiaries, business units, divisions, different geographies or markets, etc.
  • Assessment of a planned undertaking or initiative for a specific purpose. NOTE thisincludes assessments of sites, activities, processes, and incidents.
  • Assessment of particular goods and/or services, including the materials and services used to produce these products

Value chain boundary The part or parts of the business value chain to be included in a natural capital assessment

  • or cradle-to-gate: covers the activities of suppliers, including purchased energy
  • or gate-to-gate: covers activities over which the business has direct operational control Including majority-owned subsidiaries.
  • or gate-to-grave: covers activities linked to the purchase, use, reuse, recovery, recycling, and final disposal of the business’ products and services

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Environmental Prices CE Delft on behalf of the Ministry of Environment, Stichting Stimular and Thermphos

Impact drivers

  • Soil pollutants
  • Terrestrial ecosystem use e.g. area of agriculture by type, area of forest plantation by type
  • Water pollutants
  • GHG emissions
  • Disturbances e.g. decibels and duration of noise/light
  • Non- GHG emissions
  • Impact on biodiversity

Dependencies

  • Regulation of physical environment e.g. flood attenuation, water quality regulation
  • Regulation of waste and emissions
  • Biodiversity

"Environmental Prices, also called shadow prices, are prices for environmental goods. In our societies, prices are used to express value and guide decision making. Environmental Prices give the value to society for emissions that harm the environment. Using a peer reviewed methodology that combines valuation techniques with lifecycle analysis, a system has been developed that establishes the value prices for over 500 environmentally harmful substances. In both its coverage as its scientific and transparant calculation methods, the method is unique worldwide. Environmental prices have been established for the Netherlands and for the EU. They are publicly available. With the model Benefito, we can transfer these prices to other locations worldwide. In the Netherlands, environmental prices have been used and promoted by public governments for use in SCBA, legal decisions (antitrust policies) and by companies to calculate the environmental profits from changes in operations. "

Applies to Step 07, 08

Impact drivers

  • Soil pollutants
  • Terrestrial ecosystem use e.g. area of agriculture by type, area of forest plantation by type
  • Water pollutants
  • GHG emissions
  • Disturbances e.g. decibels and duration of noise/light
  • Non- GHG emissions
  • Impact on biodiversity

Dependencies

  • Regulation of physical environment e.g. flood attenuation, water quality regulation
  • Regulation of waste and emissions
  • Biodiversity
Environmental Valuation Reference Inventory (EVRI) Environment and Climate Change Canada

Impact drivers

  • Water use
  • Soil pollutants
  • Terrestrial ecosystem use e.g. area of agriculture by type, area of forest plantation by type
  • Water pollutants
  • Solid waste
  • Fresh water ecosystem use e.g. wetlands, ponds, rivers
  • GHG emissions
  • Disturbances e.g. decibels and duration of noise/light
  • Marine ecosystem use e.g. area of aquaculture by type
  • Non- GHG emissions
  • Impact on biodiversity
  • Other resource use e.g. volume of minerals extracted, volume of wild fish caught by species

Dependencies

  • Regulation of physical environment e.g. flood attenuation, water quality regulation
  • Experience e.g. nature-based recreation, tourism
  • Water
  • Regulation of biological environment e.g. pollination, crop pest control
  • Knowledge e.g. information from nature such as biomimicry
  • Nutrition e.g. human or animal food
  • Regulation of waste and emissions
  • Well-being and spiritual/ethical value e.g. employee satisfaction and stress release, sacred sites and indigenous traditions
  • Materials

Over the past decades, the volume of published literature on the economic value of ecological goods and services has significantly expanded, and environmental considerations are being increasingly integrated into business and policy decision-making. One arising challenge for researchers, economists, and analysts is to quickly and efficiently find relevant references of valuation studies amidst the growing volume of available information. The Environmental Valuation Reference Inventory (EVRI) is an online, searchable compendium containing classified summaries for over 4,000 valuation studies. These summaries provide detailed information about the study location, the specific environmental assets being valued, the methodological approaches and the estimated monetary values along with proper contextualization. EVRI’s primary objective is to facilitate literature review and the application of value transfer techniques.

Applies to Step 07

Impact drivers

  • Water use
  • Soil pollutants
  • Terrestrial ecosystem use e.g. area of agriculture by type, area of forest plantation by type
  • Water pollutants
  • Solid waste
  • Fresh water ecosystem use e.g. wetlands, ponds, rivers
  • GHG emissions
  • Disturbances e.g. decibels and duration of noise/light
  • Marine ecosystem use e.g. area of aquaculture by type
  • Non- GHG emissions
  • Impact on biodiversity
  • Other resource use e.g. volume of minerals extracted, volume of wild fish caught by species

Dependencies

  • Regulation of physical environment e.g. flood attenuation, water quality regulation
  • Experience e.g. nature-based recreation, tourism
  • Water
  • Regulation of biological environment e.g. pollination, crop pest control
  • Knowledge e.g. information from nature such as biomimicry
  • Nutrition e.g. human or animal food
  • Regulation of waste and emissions
  • Well-being and spiritual/ethical value e.g. employee satisfaction and stress release, sacred sites and indigenous traditions
  • Materials
Environmental Value Look-Up (EVL) Tool eftec (Economics for the Environment Consultancy)

Impact drivers

  • Terrestrial ecosystem use e.g. area of agriculture by type, area of forest plantation by type
  • Water pollutants
  • Fresh water ecosystem use e.g. wetlands, ponds, rivers
  • GHG emissions
  • Disturbances e.g. decibels and duration of noise/light
  • Marine ecosystem use e.g. area of aquaculture by type
  • Non- GHG emissions
  • Other resource use e.g. volume of minerals extracted, volume of wild fish caught by species

Dependencies

  • Regulation of physical environment e.g. flood attenuation, water quality regulation
  • Experience e.g. nature-based recreation, tourism
  • Nutrition e.g. human or animal food
  • Materials

The Environmental Value Look-Up (EVL) Tool is a searchable database which contains indicative monetary values for a range of environmental impacts. The unit values in the tool are based on a review of over 350 UK valuation studies that have been conducted since 2000. The tool was developed by eftec (Economics for the Environment Consultancy) for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in England - it is therefore endorsed by Defra. It was developed to help analysts take better account of environmental impacts in government appraisals but it is also relevant to private sector and non-governmental organisations with an interest in using economic valuation evidence. The EVL Tool is intended as a first-cut, rapid analysis of the economic values of environmental impacts and for including secondary or incidental environmental impacts in appraisals that might otherwise be overlooked.

Applies to Step 07

Impact drivers

  • Terrestrial ecosystem use e.g. area of agriculture by type, area of forest plantation by type
  • Water pollutants
  • Fresh water ecosystem use e.g. wetlands, ponds, rivers
  • GHG emissions
  • Disturbances e.g. decibels and duration of noise/light
  • Marine ecosystem use e.g. area of aquaculture by type
  • Non- GHG emissions
  • Other resource use e.g. volume of minerals extracted, volume of wild fish caught by species

Dependencies

  • Regulation of physical environment e.g. flood attenuation, water quality regulation
  • Experience e.g. nature-based recreation, tourism
  • Nutrition e.g. human or animal food
  • Materials
ESII Tool The Dow Chemical Company, The Nature Conservancy, EcoMetrix Solutions Group, LLC

Impact drivers

  • Water use
  • Terrestrial ecosystem use e.g. area of agriculture by type, area of forest plantation by type
  • Water pollutants
  • Fresh water ecosystem use e.g. wetlands, ponds, rivers
  • GHG emissions
  • Disturbances e.g. decibels and duration of noise/light
  • Non- GHG emissions
  • Impact on biodiversity
  • Other resource use e.g. volume of minerals extracted, volume of wild fish caught by species

Dependencies

  • Energy e.g. solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, biofuel, fossil fuel
  • Regulation of physical environment e.g. flood attenuation, water quality regulation
  • Water
  • Well-being and spiritual/ethical value e.g. employee satisfaction and stress release, sacred sites and indigenous traditions
  • Knowledge e.g. information from nature such as biomimicry

"The ESII Tool (pronounced “easy”), was developed in collaboration by The Dow Chemical Company, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and EcoMetrix Solutions Group (ESG). ESII is a free assessment tool that provides information that can lead to better business decisions and better conservation outcomes. It fills an important gap between simple tools built upon limited scientific information and complex tools that require expert users. Designed for business managers, engineers, and ecologists alike, the tool can be used in the early stages of decision making to identify benefits provided by natural assets so that their value can be incorporated into operational and planning decisions. The ESII Tool can be used in site planning, impact assessments, cost/benefit analyses, or to compare alternatives. Outputs from the tool can be used directly in financial analyses or engineering models. ESII is owned by TNC and managed by ESG."

Applies to Step 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09

Impact drivers

  • Water use
  • Terrestrial ecosystem use e.g. area of agriculture by type, area of forest plantation by type
  • Water pollutants
  • Fresh water ecosystem use e.g. wetlands, ponds, rivers
  • GHG emissions
  • Disturbances e.g. decibels and duration of noise/light
  • Non- GHG emissions
  • Impact on biodiversity
  • Other resource use e.g. volume of minerals extracted, volume of wild fish caught by species

Dependencies

  • Energy e.g. solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, biofuel, fossil fuel
  • Regulation of physical environment e.g. flood attenuation, water quality regulation
  • Water
  • Well-being and spiritual/ethical value e.g. employee satisfaction and stress release, sacred sites and indigenous traditions
  • Knowledge e.g. information from nature such as biomimicry
GaBi ts thinkstep developed GaBi and the NCA integration is done in collaboration with trucost

Impact drivers

  • Water use
  • Soil pollutants
  • Terrestrial ecosystem use e.g. area of agriculture by type, area of forest plantation by type
  • Water pollutants
  • Solid waste
  • Fresh water ecosystem use e.g. wetlands, ponds, rivers
  • GHG emissions
  • Marine ecosystem use e.g. area of aquaculture by type
  • Non- GHG emissions
  • Other resource use e.g. volume of minerals extracted, volume of wild fish caught by species

Dependencies

  • Water
  • Materials

GaBi ts is the world’s leading Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) software with an unparalleled collection of Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) databases. It helps over 2,500 clients from industry, research institutes and universities to analyse, improve and report the environmental performance of products, processes and services. It is used for LCA, carbon and water footprinting, Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), and eco-design. GaBi ts is part of a suite of solutions from thinkstep that integrate with existing IT systems and provide cloud-based scenario analysis and reporting. For more information visit www.gabi-software.com or www.thinkstep.com.

Applies to Step 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09

Impact drivers

  • Water use
  • Soil pollutants
  • Terrestrial ecosystem use e.g. area of agriculture by type, area of forest plantation by type
  • Water pollutants
  • Solid waste
  • Fresh water ecosystem use e.g. wetlands, ponds, rivers
  • GHG emissions
  • Marine ecosystem use e.g. area of aquaculture by type
  • Non- GHG emissions
  • Other resource use e.g. volume of minerals extracted, volume of wild fish caught by species

Dependencies

  • Water
  • Materials
GEMI Local Water Tool (LWT) GEMI, in cooperation with WBCSD and IPIECA

Impact drivers

  • Water use
  • Water pollutants
  • Fresh water ecosystem use e.g. wetlands, ponds, rivers

Dependencies

  • Regulation of physical environment e.g. flood attenuation, water quality regulation
  • Water

"The GEMI Local Water Tool™(LWT) is a free tool for companies and organizations to evaluate the external impacts, business risks, opportunities and management plans related to water use and discharge at a specific site or operation. The GEMI LWT: Helps companies assess external impacts, business risks, opportunities and manage water-related issues at specific sites; Provides a common and consistent visualization platform for internal and external communication; Provides interconnectivity between global and local water risk assessments and a uniform approach between site assessments; Provides a central repository of information for the individual user to create reports for internal and external stakeholders. The GEMI LWT™ was developed in cooperation with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) as well as IPIECA."

Applies to Step 03, 04, 05, 07, 08, 09

Impact drivers

  • Water use
  • Water pollutants
  • Fresh water ecosystem use e.g. wetlands, ponds, rivers

Dependencies

  • Regulation of physical environment e.g. flood attenuation, water quality regulation
  • Water
GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Impact drivers

  • GHG emissions

Dependencies

The GHG Protocol Corporate Standard provides requirements and guidance for companies and other organizations preparing a corporate-level GHG emissions inventory. It covers the accounting and reporting of seven greenhouse gases covered by the Kyoto Protocol – carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PCFs), sulphur hexafluoride (SF6), and nitrogen trifluoride (NF3). The GHG Protocol Corporate Standard was amended in 2015 with the Scope 2 Guidance, which allows companies to credibly measure and report emissions from purchased or acquired electricity, steam, heat, and cooling. It was designed to help companies prepare a GHG inventory that represents a true and fair account of their emissions through the use of standardized approaches and principles.

Applies to Step 05, 08, 09

Impact drivers

  • GHG emissions

Dependencies

Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC) Framework Smart Freight Centre

Impact drivers

  • GHG emissions

Dependencies

  • Energy e.g. solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, biofuel, fossil fuel

"Comparing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) across different modes of transport can be like comparing apples to oranges because so many methodologies exist. The GLEC Framework for Logistics Emissions Methodologies combines existing methods into one framework and fills the gaps. The GLEC Framework enables a company to understand its carbon footprint alongside cost and time to decide the best way to transport its goods. The GLEC Framework builds on existing methodologies such as CEN 16258, Clean Cargo Working Group, IATA RP 1678 and SmartWay, as well as outputs from the EU funded project COFRET and the US National Cooperative Freight Research Program. Leading multinationals including DB Schenker, Deutsche Post DHL Group, HP, Kuehne+Nagel, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, GEODIS and FRET SNCF have already committed to adopting the GLEC Framework, leading the way for adoption across industry."

Applies to Step 05

Impact drivers

  • GHG emissions

Dependencies

  • Energy e.g. solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, biofuel, fossil fuel
Global Water Tool WBCSD, CH2M + working group

Impact drivers

  • Water use
  • Water pollutants
  • Fresh water ecosystem use e.g. wetlands, ponds, rivers
  • Impact on biodiversity

Dependencies

  • Regulation of physical environment e.g. flood attenuation, water quality regulation
  • Water

"The Global Water Tool (GWT) is a free, publicly available resource for identifying corporate water risks and opportunities which provides easy access to and analysis of critical data. It includes a workbook (data input, inventory by site, key reporting indicators, metrics calculations), a mapping function to plot sites with datasets, and Google Earth interface for spatial viewing. By comparing your sites with the best available water, sanitation, population and biodiversity information on a country and watershed basis, including sub-basin data, the tool allows to answer the questions such as the number of sites or suppliers that are located in water scarce areas, the amount of production that is generated from the sites that are most are risk, the number of employees that lack access to improved water and sanitation. The Global Water Tool was also customized for use by the following sectors: cement, oil &gas and power utilities."

Applies to Step 03, 04, 06

Impact drivers

  • Water use
  • Water pollutants
  • Fresh water ecosystem use e.g. wetlands, ponds, rivers
  • Impact on biodiversity

Dependencies

  • Regulation of physical environment e.g. flood attenuation, water quality regulation
  • Water
Guide to Corporate Ecosystem Valuation (CEV) ERM, IUCN, PwC and WRI – plus fourteen WBCSD member Road Testers.

Impact drivers

  • Water use
  • Soil pollutants
  • Terrestrial ecosystem use e.g. area of agriculture by type, area of forest plantation by type
  • Water pollutants
  • Solid waste
  • Fresh water ecosystem use e.g. wetlands, ponds, rivers
  • GHG emissions
  • Disturbances e.g. decibels and duration of noise/light
  • Marine ecosystem use e.g. area of aquaculture by type
  • Non- GHG emissions
  • Impact on biodiversity
  • Other resource use e.g. volume of minerals extracted, volume of wild fish caught by species

Dependencies

  • Regulation of physical environment e.g. flood attenuation, water quality regulation
  • Experience e.g. nature-based recreation, tourism
  • Water
  • Regulation of biological environment e.g. pollination, crop pest control
  • Knowledge e.g. information from nature such as biomimicry
  • Nutrition e.g. human or animal food
  • Regulation of waste and emissions
  • Well-being and spiritual/ethical value e.g. employee satisfaction and stress release, sacred sites and indigenous traditions
  • Materials
  • Biodiversity

"The CEV framework enables companies to consider the actual benefits and value of the ecosystem services they depend upon and impact, giving them new information and insights to include in business planning and financial analysis. It aims to support improved business decision-making by creating more alignment between the financial, ecological and societal objectives of companies. The Guide was developed through an 18-month process of close collaboration with 4 partner organizations – ERM, IUCN, PwC and WRI – and fourteen WBCSD member Road Testers. CEV was a popular and more simple precursor to the Natural Capital Protocol. Indeed, the Protocol builds upon and aligns with the CEV framework."

Applies to Step 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09

Impact drivers

  • Water use
  • Soil pollutants
  • Terrestrial ecosystem use e.g. area of agriculture by type, area of forest plantation by type
  • Water pollutants
  • Solid waste
  • Fresh water ecosystem use e.g. wetlands, ponds, rivers
  • GHG emissions
  • Disturbances e.g. decibels and duration of noise/light
  • Marine ecosystem use e.g. area of aquaculture by type
  • Non- GHG emissions
  • Impact on biodiversity
  • Other resource use e.g. volume of minerals extracted, volume of wild fish caught by species

Dependencies

  • Regulation of physical environment e.g. flood attenuation, water quality regulation
  • Experience e.g. nature-based recreation, tourism
  • Water
  • Regulation of biological environment e.g. pollination, crop pest control
  • Knowledge e.g. information from nature such as biomimicry
  • Nutrition e.g. human or animal food
  • Regulation of waste and emissions
  • Well-being and spiritual/ethical value e.g. employee satisfaction and stress release, sacred sites and indigenous traditions
  • Materials
  • Biodiversity