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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.
  • E.g., area of aquaculture by type, area of seabed mining by type, 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 discharged to receiving water body of nutrients, (e.g. nitrates and phosphates) or other substances (e.g. heavy metals or chemicals).
  • E.g., volume of CO2, CH4, N2O, SF6, HFCs, and PFCs, etc.
  • 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).
  • A business dependence on biodiversity may materialize through some of the other dependencies above. Tick this box if you are interested in biodiversity specifically.

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InVEST Natural Capital Project

Impact drivers

Dependencies

InVEST (Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Trade-offs) is a suite of free, open-source software models to map and value the goods and services from nature that sustain and fulfill human life. InVEST enables decision-makers to assess impacts associated with management choices and future climate, to identify where investment in natural capital can enhance human development and ecosystems. InVEST was developed with decision-makers and practitioners and has been continually improved for nearly a decade. The user base spans 80+ countries with over 600 downloads per month. Version includes 22 ecosystem service models, plus “helper tools” to help locate and process input data, and understand and visualize outputs. InVEST models are spatially-explicit, using maps as information sources and producing maps as outputs. Production functions define how changes in ecosystem structure and function may affect the flow and value of ecosystem services across land- or seascapes.

Applies to Step 05, 06, 07
  • Water use
  • Terrestrial ecosystem use
  • Water pollutants
  • Fresh water ecosystem use
  • GHG emissions
  • Disturbances
  • Marine ecosystem use
  • Impact on biodiversity
  • Other resource use
  • Regulation of physical environment
  • Water
  • Regulation of biological environment
  • Nutrition
  • Well-being and spiritual/ethical value
  • Dependency on biodiversity
  • Experience
Local Ecological Footprinting Tool (LEFT) University of Oxford

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Dependencies

LEFT is a web-based decision support tool to help industry evaluate patterns of relative ecological value across a landscape to inform land use planning and minimize environmental impact. Users choose an area of interest from a global web-based map and receive a series of high-quality datasets using standard published algorithms to produce maps at 30m resolution of land cover class, numbers of globally threatened terrestrial vertebrate and plant species, beta-diversity of terrestrial vertebrates and plants, habitat intactness, habitat connectivity, and vegetation resilience. LEFT also generates an aggregated map of relative ecological values, a customised PDF and ZIP file of GIS data for the area requested. The tool is designed to be highly intuitive, and requires no special software or expertise: novice users can receive an informative analysis in minutes. LEFT is intended as a pre-planning tool to complements but not replace the process of detailed environmental impact assessment.

Applies to Step 05, 06, 07
  • Terrestrial ecosystem use
  • Impact on biodiversity
  • Dependency on biodiversity
Natural Capital Assessments at the National and Sub-national Level UNEP-WCMC

Impact drivers

Dependencies

Natural Capital Assessments at the National and Sub-national Level presents a stepwise guidance document to conducting a natural capital assessment. The steps presented in the guide are designed around sets of key questions, together with practical checklists of actions. The assessment process set out is designed to provide an evidence base for understanding and mapping the distribution of natural capital, evaluating its status and trends, and exploring its relationship with priority economic sectors and livelihoods. In turn the information collated through the assessment process will help to inform the development of policy targets for sustainable management and improvement of natural capital and the transition to a green economy over time.

Applies to Step 05, 06, 07
  • Water use
  • Terrestrial ecosystem use
  • Fresh water ecosystem use
  • Marine ecosystem use
  • Impact on biodiversity
  • Other resource use
  • Energy
  • Regulation of physical environment
  • Water
  • Regulation of biological environment
  • Nutrition
  • Regulation of waste and emissions
  • Well-being and spiritual/ethical value
  • Materials
  • Dependency on biodiversity
  • Experience
OPAL (Offset Portfolio Analyzer and Locator) Natural Capital Project

Impact drivers

Dependencies

"OPAL makes the consequences of development more transparent and enables design of mitigation portfolios in a way that maintains or restores environmental benefits in a more socially equitable manner. OPAL is designed to support project-level environmental impact assessment and mitigation decisions, accounting for both impacts to terrestrial ecosystems and to ecosystem services. With OPAL, users can estimate the impacts of development activities, such as mines or roads, on terrestrial ecosystems and on a subset of the services they provide, and then efficiently select offsets to mitigate losses. OPAL then tracks how the environmental impacts of development and mitigation activities affect people through their effects on ES provision. In this way, OPAL makes the consequences of development more transparent and enables design of mitigation portfolios in a way that maintains or restores environmental benefits in a more socially equitable manner."

Applies to Step 06, 07
  • Terrestrial ecosystem use
  • Water pollutants
  • Fresh water ecosystem use
  • Impact on biodiversity
  • Regulation of physical environment
RSB Green House Gas Calculator RSB - Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials

Impact drivers

Dependencies

The GHG Calculator assesses the level of reduction of GHG emissions from bio-based products such as biofuels and bioplastics against a fossil fuel baseline. The tool uses RSB's own methodology which was developed for global application by RSB members (industry, NGOs, UN organisations, universities, and farmers). The tool was designed for industry and farmers to demonstrate their level of GHG reduction for RSB certification but can be used for other applications. It is compatible with the EU Renewable Energy Directive.

Applies to Step 05, 06, 07
  • GHG emissions
SPADES (SPatial Decisions on Ecosystem Services) eCountability

Impact drivers

Dependencies

SPADES has been designed for business and local authority use for robust assessment of ecosystem services using best available data. Businesses are able to use the tool to compare layout and design options for development through spatial analysis online. Outputs are quantitative, and monetised where appropriate. Designed by eCountability with the support of six partner organisations and advice from the UK construction industry, SPADES has been tested in pilot projects in London, Liverpool, Brighton and Edinburgh. The tool currently has a European focus but will be updated and expanded for use on other continents in 2018/19.

Applies to Step 05, 06, 07
  • Terrestrial ecosystem use
  • Non- GHG emissions
  • Impact on biodiversity
  • Regulation of physical environment
  • Experience
  • Well-being and spiritual/ethical value
  • Dependency on biodiversity
TESSA (Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-Based Assessment) BirdLife International, UNEP-WCMC, Anglia Ruskin University, University of Cambridge, RSPB, and TBA

Impact drivers

Dependencies

"The Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-based Assessment (TESSA) is a rapid, low-cost, participatory valuation tool designed to be used by non-experts for assessing the benefits that people get from nature (ecosystem services). It was created to make ecosystem service assessment more accessible and straightforward. It aims to promote better land use planning decisions by providing guidance and methods to value ecosystem services at the site level under different management alternatives. Although initially developed for conservation practitioners, there has been increasing interest in TESSA from other sectors including consultancy, business, and governments for natural capital assessments."

Applies to Step 05, 06, 07
  • Water use
  • Terrestrial ecosystem use
  • Fresh water ecosystem use
  • Other resource use
  • Regulation of physical environment
  • Water
  • Nutrition
  • Well-being and spiritual/ethical value
  • Materials
  • Experience
The Corporate Ecosystem Services Review (ESR) WRI, WBCSD and the Meridian Institute

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Dependencies

"The Corporate Ecosystem Services Review (ESR) is a structured methodology that helps managers proactively develop strategies to manage business risks and opportunities arising from their company's dependence and impact on ecosystems. It is a tool for strategy development, not just for environmental assessment. Businesses can either conduct an Ecosystem Services Review as a stand-alone process or integrate it into their existing environmental management systems. In both cases, the methodology can complement and augment the environmental due diligence tools companies already use. The ESR analytical framework consists of 5 steps, and offers case examples and helpful suggestions for each step. It concludes by highlighting a number of resources managers can use when conducting an ESR, including a ""dependence and impact assessment"" spreadsheet, scientific reports, economic valuation approaches, and other issue-specific tools."

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
  • 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
TSC Product Sustainability Toolkits The Sustainability Consortium is a multi-stakeholder organization with around 100 corporate, ngo, and academic members who contribute to tool develop

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Dependencies

"TSC Product Sustainability Toolkits are interactive tools that highlight environmental and social issues relevant to a product category, practices that can be used to drive improvement on those issues, and key performance indicators (KPIs) to track and measure performance against these issues. The Toolkits are science-based and stakeholder-informed, including input by companies, academics, civil society organizations, and government agencies. The objective of the Toolkits is to facilitate decision-making by retailers, manufacturers, and suppliers along the value chain, with an emphasis on impact and improving product sustainability."

Applies to Step 05
  • Water use
  • Terrestrial ecosystem use
  • Water pollutants
  • Solid waste
  • Fresh water ecosystem use
  • GHG emissions
  • Marine ecosystem use
  • Impact on biodiversity
  • Other resource use
  • Regulation of physical environment
  • Water
  • Regulation of biological environment
  • Regulation of waste and emissions
  • Materials
Water Risk Monetizer Trucost and Ecolab

Impact drivers

Dependencies

The Water Risk Monetizer offers comprehensive risk metrics to help businesses understand the impact of water scarcity and water quality to their business and quantify those risks in financial terms. The tool leverages best-in-class local water basin datasets (such as the WRI’s Aqueduct data) coupled with natural and financial capital valuations to monetize business water risks. The result is science-based, actionable information that can be used to help businesses make smarter, more informed decisions about managing water risks. Businesses are able to quantify risk for the organization as a whole or at an individual facility level and prioritize risk management actions, such as basin or site level projects, based on the business and environmental case for action. The tool, originally launched in 2014 and regularly updated since, has been developed with a multi-stakeholder advisory panel and is aligned with industry best practices in water stewardship and corporate reporting.

Applies to Step 07
  • Water use
  • Water pollutants
  • Fresh water ecosystem use
  • Impact on biodiversity
  • Water