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  • E.g., the volume of groundwater consumed, the volume of surface water consumed, etc.
  • 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., volume of waste matter discharges and retained in soil over a given period.
  • E.g., decibels and duration of noise, lumens and duration of light etc. at site of impact.
  • E.g., area of agriculture by type, area of forest plantation by type, area of open cast mine by type, etc.
  • 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.
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  • E.g., volume of minerals extracted, volume of wild caught fish by species, number of wild-caught mammals by species, etc.
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  • E.g., volume of PM2.5, PM10, VOCs, NO, NO2, SO2, CO, etc.
  • E.g., impact on species, ecosystems, habitats or genetic diversity.

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  • E.g., solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, biofuel, fossil fuel.
  • E.g., wood fiber, genetic resources, metals, minerals, plant and animal materials.
  • E.g., human or animal food.
  • E.g., Fresh water (ground, surface or rain) or sea water.
  • E.g., flood attenuation, water quality regulation.
  • E.g., employee satisfaction and stress release, sacred sites and indigenous traditions that support company staff or operations.
  • E.g., crop pest control, pollination.
  • E.g., waste assimilation, noise and dust regulation.
  • E.g., nature based recreation, tourism.
  • E.g., information from nature (such as for bio-mimicry).
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Environmental Value Look-Up (EVL) Tool eftec (Economics for the Environment Consultancy)

Impact drivers

Dependencies

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
  • Terrestrial ecosystem use
  • Water pollutants
  • Fresh water ecosystem use
  • GHG emissions
  • Disturbances
  • Marine ecosystem use
  • Non- GHG emissions
  • Other resource use
  • Regulation of physical environment
  • Experience
  • Nutrition
  • Materials
ESII Tool The Dow Chemical Company, The Nature Conservancy, EcoMetrix Solutions Group, LLC

Impact drivers

Dependencies

"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 05, 06, 07
  • Water use
  • Terrestrial ecosystem use
  • Water pollutants
  • Fresh water ecosystem use
  • GHG emissions
  • Disturbances
  • Non- GHG emissions
  • Impact on biodiversity
  • Other resource use
  • Energy
  • Regulation of physical environment
  • Water
  • Well-being and spiritual/ethical value
  • Knowledge
GaBi ts thinkstep developed GaBi and the NCA integration is done in collaboration with trucost

Impact drivers

Dependencies

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 05, 06, 07
  • Water use
  • Soil pollutants
  • Terrestrial ecosystem use
  • Water pollutants
  • Solid waste
  • Fresh water ecosystem use
  • GHG emissions
  • Marine ecosystem use
  • Non- GHG emissions
  • Other resource use
  • Water
  • Materials
GEMI Local Water Tool (LWT) GEMI, in cooperation with WBCSD and IPIECA

Impact drivers

Dependencies

"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 05, 07
  • Water use
  • Water pollutants
  • Fresh water ecosystem use
  • Regulation of physical environment
  • Water
GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Impact drivers

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
  • GHG emissions
Global Water Tool WBCSD, CH2M + working group

Impact drivers

Dependencies

"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 06
  • Water use
  • Water pollutants
  • Fresh water ecosystem use
  • Impact on biodiversity
  • Regulation of physical environment
  • Water
Guide to Corporate Ecosystem Valuation (CEV) ERM, IUCN, PwC and WRI – plus fourteen WBCSD member Road Testers.

Impact drivers

Dependencies

"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 05, 06, 07
  • Water use
  • Soil pollutants
  • Terrestrial ecosystem use
  • Water pollutants
  • Solid waste
  • Fresh water ecosystem use
  • GHG emissions
  • Disturbances
  • Marine ecosystem use
  • Non- GHG emissions
  • Impact on biodiversity
  • Other resource use
  • Regulation of physical environment
  • Experience
  • Water
  • Regulation of biological environment
  • Knowledge
  • Nutrition
  • Regulation of waste and emissions
  • Well-being and spiritual/ethical value
  • Materials
  • Dependency on biodiversity
India Water Tool Developed by businesses in India (20 companies involved through 3 phases) coordinated by WBCSD in India

Impact drivers

Dependencies

India Water Tool is the first country-specific tool developed to support businesses in assessing Water risks at their sites in India, planning Water management actions and reporting on Water-related indicators of key reporting initiatives. The tool is a GIS-web application, freely available for use at www.indiawatertool.in. It is an India-customisation of WBCSD’s Global Water Tool that incorporates data from government and other institutions in India at a useful level of granularity and allows an easy analysis of the Water stress (both quantity and quality) that various user sites in India face. India Water Tool has been developed through its 3 successive versions (V3 in final stages of development) by Working Groups of companies in India coordinated by WBCSD, bringing in specialist knowledge where required, and in dialogue with the Indian government.

Applies to Step 05, 06
  • Water use
  • Water pollutants
  • Fresh water ecosystem use
  • Water
Integral Biodiversity Impact Assessment System: IBIS CREM, IUCN-NL, Central Luzon State University (Phillipines) and Ambio Fundación (Costa Rica)

Impact drivers

Dependencies

"The objective of the IBIS impact assessment tool is to provide procurement officers, marketeers and those involved in (the impact of) production processes with a tool to incorporate biodiversity-aspects into their decision making process. The IBIS tool: - makes it possible to compare the biodiversity impact of different products, e.g. through a score; - indicates whether the biodiversity impact of a product is acceptable or not; - assesses the main drivers causing the biodiversity impact and, based on this information, enables improvement of the production process. The tool was developed for products collected from the wild (like forestry, fishery) and products harvested from cultivated systems (agriculture, horticulture). However, the methodology can, and has, also been used in other sectors. The methodology was developed for and promoted by the Dutch government. IBIS was used in a variety of sectors, including cocoa production, salmon production, outdoor sports and construction."

Applies to Step 07, 05
  • Terrestrial ecosystem use
  • Water pollutants
  • Fresh water ecosystem use
  • GHG emissions
  • Disturbances
  • Marine ecosystem use
  • Non- GHG emissions
  • Other resource use
  • Water use
  • Soil pollutants
  • Solid waste
  • Impact on biodiversity
Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT) BirdLife International, Conservation International, International Union for Conservation of Nature and United Nations Environment Programme World Cons

Impact drivers

Dependencies

The Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT) provides key decision-makers with access to critical information on biodiversity priority sites to inform decision-making processes and address any potential biodiversity impacts. IBAT is a central database for globally recognised biodiversity information including protected areas, Key Biodiversity Areas, species and regionally important conservation areas. Datasets within IBAT are updated several times per year. Developed through a partnership of global conservation leaders including BirdLife International, Conservation International (CI), the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the vision of IBAT is that decisions affecting critical natural habitats are informed by the best scientific information and in turn decision makers will support the quest to collect and enhance the underlying datasets and maintain that scientific information. To accomplish this, the IBAT alliance is developing a set of web-based decision support systems that provide easy access to site-scale and national-level conservation priorities to inform project screening/planning for several target audiences. As of March 2017, the business model of IBAT is under review and the subscription costs are likely to change.

Applies to Step 05, 06, 07
  • Terrestrial ecosystem use
  • Fresh water ecosystem use
  • Impact on biodiversity
  • Other resource use
  • Materials
  • Dependency on biodiversity