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ERDBÄR

Scalable life cycle assessment of supply chains and product portfolio

Aiming to reach climate neutrality by 2030, erdbär GmbH, the Berlin-based subsidiary of Hero Group and producer of organic snacks, baby foods and cereals, needed to develop a corporate carbon footprint, covering its company operations and its supply chain, as well as product carbon footprints for their portfolio of over 150 products across two brands. The certified B-Corp partnered with Quantis for strategic advice and implementation support. Our team developed and implemented a scalable life cycle assessment model to calculate erdbär’s corporate footprint, as well as the carbon footprints for its products.

The Challenge

erdbär GmbH has been a certified B-Corp since 2016 and has committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2030. To meaningfully work towards this goal, the company first needed to assess and map the carbon footprint of its entire product portfolio and identify key areas for improvement.

As a trading company, erdbär GmbH does not have operational control over the production processes. As such, it will be critical for the company to work in close partnership with its suppliers to reach its climate neutrality goal. With its large number of suppliers located across Europe, each with diverse raw materials and production processes, erdbär required a scalable platform with the ability to evaluate data from its enterprise resource planning (ERP) system and link its supplier data and databases. This would enable erdbär to enhance the transparency of its carbon footprint along the supply chain and identify key carbon hotspots.

The Solution

Quantis created a comprehensive and scalable life cycle assessment model with erdbär by mapping its entire supplier structure and flow of goods and collecting and migrating data along the entire value chain (scopes 1,2,3).

Using Ecochain analysis software, Quantis was able to perform an integrated cost and CO2 calculation, which allowed for analysis at both the company and individual product levels. Quantis first transferred article master data and recipes from the ERP system, then linked them via purchasing data with models of suppliers’ processing processes and database entries on environmental intensity.

Our team then conducted a series of workshops to analyze erdbär’s supply chain structure, and plan and pilot the models. Quantis also trained relevant stakeholders in key functions at erdbär, such as supply chain management and packaging, on how to use the software and how drive its continuous development.

erdbär is now able to independently update this analysis with new data annually and actively onboard the first suppliers on the platform.

This project was one of the first major applications of the innovative Ecochain solution in Germany. Close cooperation with Ecochain Technologies BV made it possible to achieve a scalable approach to mapping the supply chain.

The Results

The life cycle assessment developed with Quantis enabled erdbär, for the very first time, to calculate article-specific CO2 footprint results for its entire portfolio and use the findings to define targeted initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions. The remaining emissions in scopes 1 and 2 after the first
optimizations were neutralized by compensation projects. The transparency of the supply chain (scope 3) also made it possible to gain insights into which suppliers have already nearly achieved climate neutrality and where opportunities exist for further reduction and compensation projects. erdbär expects to launch its first 100% climate neutral products on the market in 2022.

In order to achieve the defined B-Corp goal of making erdbär climate-neutral by 2030, further initiatives have already been defined:

  • Motivating and guiding all suppliers to use the Ecochain platform
  • Extending the database with further primary data to improve the quality of the analysis
  • Applying the carbon footprint already in the product design
  • Initiating and cooperating in CO2 reduction or compensation projects with suppliers, promoting transformation

“Quantis supported us in adapting our supply chain into a software solution to achieve our goal to become carbon neutral by 2030. The scalable function of the Ecochain software helps us derive specific action plans and track progress on the way to climate neutrality. With the implementation of Ecochain alongside our ERP system, we can, for the first time, derive effective initiatives for our entire product portfolio, ingredients and packaging, and track improvements year-on-year.”

Kim-Thore Paulsen
erdbär GmbH

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miscusi

Engaging the supply chain to reduce miscusi’s climate, water and biodiversity impacts

miscusi partnered with Quantis to measure and understand the climate, water and biodiversity of its products. Together, we conducted a field level analysis, engaging each supplier, to track, measure, monitor and reduce its impacts. Founded in 2016, miscusi is an Italian food company and restaurant chain. As a certified B-Corp, the restaurant group is on a sustainability mission. Its vision is to propose a menu that is both good for people and the planet.

Challenge

Aware of the food sector’s role as a key source of greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity loss and water use, miscusi wanted to understand the climate, biodiversity and water impacts of its own business. It partnered with Quantis to assess its impacts across scopes 1, 2 and 3. After learning that the main drivers of its climate, water and biodiversity impacts were located in scope 3 (largely related to raw material sourcing), miscusi worked with Quantis to do an in-depth analysis of its supply chain and identify ways to engage suppliers to participate in their sustainability journey.

Solutions

Quantis conducted a comprehensive corporate footprint to map miscusi’s annual impacts across the value chain to identify areas of improvement. Our team assessed three main environmental indicator categories: carbon footprint, water (Aware) and biodiversity.

After the preliminary analyses, during which ingredients were regionalized, Quantis and miscusi moved on to a phase of further refinement, called verticalization. We contacted key suppliers to collect data via standardized questionnaires to gather direct information about the climate, biodiversity and water impacts of the ingredients they purchase from each supplier.

Following the data collection phase, Quantis was able to determine the specific impact of each miscusi grain by creating very granular, detailed and up-to-date datasets.

Results

miscusi used the findings of its assessment and analysis to raise internal awareness around its supply chain hotspots to support better supply chain management and corporate decision-making. It has also engaged its suppliers to work collectively towards its sustainability goals. Suppliers are now challenged with achieving impact reductions through regenerative agriculture approaches. With a strong understanding of its baseline conditions and the collaboration of its suppliers, Miscusi is better equipped to track, measure, monitor and control the impact of its value chain.

Next steps

Pasta is both a key product for miscusi, as well as its main emissions hotspot. The company has partnered with Quantis to assess the different flour blends it uses to make its pastas and carry out an in-depth analysis of all the pasta on its menu. As a next step, the company plans to communicate and engage its consumers about its sustainability work and ambitions.

“Sustainability to us is a never-ending commitment. Eating is a powerful act of choice. We want to make people happy & the planet safe.”

Alberto Cartasegna, Founder & CEO
miscusi

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illycaffè

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illycaffè’s decarbonization roadmap for carbon neutrality.

Italian coffee company illycaffè teamed up with Quantis to develop a decarbonization roadmap and relevant actions to achieve its 2033 carbon neutrality goal.

Challenge

Based in Trieste in 1933, Italy, B Corp and Italian coffee company illycaffè has an ambition to become carbon neutral by 2033, in occasion of its 100th anniversary. To make meaningful progress towards this goal, illycaffè partnered with Quantis to understand where to focus impact reduction efforts and develop a decarbonization roadmap for scopes 1, 2 and 3 of its Industrial Division (coffee manufacturing processes), with concrete actions to reduce the company’s carbon footprint. Coffee cultivation was not included in the scope of this project.

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Insights

Quantis supported the illy team in identifying 60+ actions to be implemented over the short, medium and long-term.

The project included three key phases:

  • A series of participatory workshops to engage and brainstorm with relevant internal stakeholders from the Waste, Transportation, Energy, Buildings and Packaging teams
  • Selection and grouping of actions based on their i) potential footprint reduction, ii) ease of implementation, and iii) timeline

Development of a decarbonization roadmap and identification of possible pathways to minimize illy’s carbon footprint and reach carbon neutrality

Impact

The project provided illycaffè with a solid understanding of what it will take to reach its carbon neutrality goal and a clear starting point for action. In addition to the decarbonization roadmap, which outlines a concrete path forward, illy also gained insights into the potential challenges, risks and opportunities of each possible action, as well as into the different technologies that could support its reduction efforts. Having involved key stakeholders early on in the process of developing the decarbonization roadmap, illy ensured that the teams with a key role to play in executing the plan were engaged and fully onboard.

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Simone Pedrazzini
Director, Italy

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“There is no quality without sustainability"

Andrea Illy, Chairman illycaffè
illycaffè

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Capgemini Invent

Aligning Capgemini France’ IT system with corporate climate goals

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Quantis worked in partnership with Capgemini Invent, for Capgemini France’s IT department to assess its carbon footprint and outline an action plan to align the department with the company’s carbon neutrality and net zero goals.

Challenge

A global leader in consulting, technology services and digital transformation, Capgemini is at the forefront of innovation in the evolving world of cloud, digital and platforms. Recognizing the non-negligible environmental impact of ICT and its own potential to support its clients in reaching their climate goals as well as its own (carbon neutral by 2025 and net zero by 2030), the French multinational worked with Capgemini Invent and Quantis to run both a maturity analysis and a quantitative assessment of its environmental footprint to then shape an internal policy of digital sobriety.

Insights

The importance of digitalization and its impact on business models is rapidly growing. Until recently, digital technologies and services were perceived as dematerialized and as a result having a negligible environmental impact.

Though the full extent of digitalization’s environmental impact is not fully understood, it does indeed have real consequences for the environment. Considering the IT department when developing a climate strategy is a critical step in setting companies up for success to effectively reduce impacts and make meaningful progress on climate goals.

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To establish a clear reduction action plan to bring Capgemini closer to achieving its climate targets, Quantis first assessed the carbon footprint of Capgemini France’s IT system, including equipment and services hosted elsewhere by service providers (e.g. cloud data storage).

The assessment was broken down into four main categories: user equipment, data transmission, data storage & hosting, and applications. For each category, Quantis then identified the main drivers of impact, supported by sensitivity analyses on specific parameters such as the location of data servers, electricity mix, PUE, etc., and made recommendations on the main levers of impact reduction.

Combining the findings with information from the maturity assessment of the sustainable IT policy conducted simultaneously by Capgemini Invent, we were able to determine the level of maturity and diffusion of sustainable IT policy within Capgemini and the paint points for different departments and users, including the IT, CSR and HR departments, as well as employees.

Impact

Building on the results of the studies, Quantis and CapgeminiInvent identified essential actions for the company’s IT department to take to align with Capgemini’s corporate commitment: reducing absolute scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 80% by 2030 from a 2015 base year and reducing absolute scope 3 GHG emissions from purchased goods and services by 50% by 2030 from a 2015 base year. A similar study could be undertaken by any company with a significant IT system, such as banks, consulting firms and digital solutions companies.

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Marion Leblon
Senior Sustainability Consultant – ICT Sector Lead

“By working with Quantis to assess the carbon footprint of our IT system, we are now able to understand better where the biggest environmental impacts are coming from to be able to prioritize actions and monitor processes. This study is paving the way for our IT department to contribute to its reduction target but also to Capgemini climate targets.”

Laurence Jumeaux, Vice-President Future of technology
Capgemini

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Riri

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Riri partnered with Quantis on a Sustainability Communication journey

A leading manufacturer of zippers and buttons for the luxury and fashion market, Riri Group is trusted by some of the world’s most renowned brands. At Riri, “Excellence in details” also means “Sustainability in details.” To achieve its sustainability goals and provide its stakeholders with a full understanding of the company’s sustainability journey, Riri partnered with Quantis to communicate externally about its commitments, sustainability roadmap, action plan and progress.

Challenge

Riri embarked on its sustainability journey more than 20 years ago, measuring and reducing the environmental impacts generated along its value chain. Quantis has been a long-time partner, providing Riri with guidance at key points throughout this journey, from understanding its carbon footprint to defining a strategic roadmap to reach its sustainability goals. Looking to share its story externally, Riri once again turned to Quantis to craft credible, positive and clear communications based on science.

Actions

To communicate about its sustainability journey, rooted in attention to research and innovation as well as in a scientifically solid methodological approach,  Riri and Quantis defined three main pillars to structure its commitments, actions and communications.

  1. Innovate for the Future: Communications relating to product and materials innovation, as well as research to reduce environmental impacts;
  2. Protect Natural Resources: Communications to increase awareness and responsible management of finite resources in alignment with planetary boundaries; and
  3. Enhance Traceability and Transparency: Communications related to the companies suppliers and global independent standards and certifications across the industry.

As part of Riri’s communication strategy, Quantis developed content for the six communication launches happening in 2021, each focused on the different environmental topics and initiatives Riri has in place.

The project included a complete communication strategy, specific messages, a stakeholder and audience mapping exercise, as well as identification of the best channels to share each of the communications planned for 2021. Quantis also developed the infographic of the first communication launch about the use of recycled polyester as production standard for Riri zippers.

Impact

The project has generated a high-level communications strategy that will provide both internal and external stakeholders with a clearer understanding of the role Riri’s sustainability plan plays within the fashion and luxury industry. Additionally, the strategy will serve as a strong industry example of transparent and credible communications on sustainability.

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Adriana Olaya
Senior Sustainability Communications Consultant

"Riri is very attentive to sustainability and our innovation is based on constant and meticulous research: we started by creating a map of our emissions and, consequently, by modifying our processes internally. After an intervention on these points, which we consider the basis of our sustainable strategy, we dedicated ourselves to products, reaching what we consider an important milestone this year: the adoption of recycled polyester as a production standard for our zips.

Our approach to sustainability is forward looking and destined to take further steps forward and cooperating with Quantis was fundamental for the definition of our strategy and a well-structured communication plan."

Renato Usoni, Riri Group CEO
Riri

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Mammut

Developing and implementing an ambitious climate strategy for Mammut

Mammut partnered with Quantis at the beginning of its climate strategy journey to develop and implement a clear and robust climate roadmap to meet ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets by 2030 and serve as a leading example in the outdoor industry.

Challenge

Climate risks and the increasing demand for ambitious and robust climate strategies pose major challenges for apparel companies across the globe — and for outdoor apparel brands in particular. The viability of the outdoor industry hinges on preserving the environment — if nature is compromised, so are brands’ businesses.

At Swiss premium outdoor brand Mammut, sustainability has been flagged as a top priority. In 2018, the company launched its WE CARE sustainability strategy, setting targets across four key areas: clean production, animal welfare, reduced footprint and ethical production. In the same year, Mammut also became a founding signatory of the UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, committing to develop and implement a robust and metrics-based climate strategy to reduce aggregate GHG emissions by 30% by 2030 and achieve net-zero by 2050.

To fulfil this commitment, Mammut teamed up with Quantis to develop and implement its climate roadmap and ensure internal teams were engaged and ready to take action.

Insights

Transforming commitments into action to work towards sustainability goals is where apparel brands often get stuck. To bring clarity to what steps need to be taken to move the needle forward, brands need metrics to understand their impacts along the value chain and the areas with the greatest potential for improvement. To put these plans into motion and achieve targets, brands need the support of internal teams and stakeholders as well as other brands and retailers that share the same value chain. As climate strategy experts, Quantis was the ideal partner for this project.

Actions

As a first step to drive impact reduction, Quantis conducted a corporate carbon footprint for Mammut to establish a baseline against which the brand could measure its environmental performance and provide data-driven guidance to prioritize future initiatives. The findings of the assessment, along with several scenario analyses, were used to develop a clear roadmap for Mammut’s carbon reduction pathway. Quantis then facilitated interactive internal workshops with the Mammut project teams to identify potential reduction actions, develop a clear action plan, foster internal buy-in and demonstrate to teams how they contribute to the achievement of the brand’s climate goals.

Impact

The work provided Mammut with a solid baseline to support decision making and engage its teams. Mammut’s leadership sees the value and is now committed to SBTi. As a result of the sustainability awareness fostered by Quantis, all future projects considered at Mammut are now evaluated based on the potential carbon footprint. The goal is to ensure conscious decisions are made and progress towards net zero is carefully tracked.

Learnings

Data are critical for building a robust climate strategy, but collecting, compiling, converting, and verifying data can be a significant undertaking. Businesses can make the process easier by identifying early on what types of data will likely be important for their companies and spending most of their energy there. Documenting data sources is also important to streamline the process for future updates.

For a robust carbon footprint and future decision-making, two key pieces of information are critical: a reliable value for the amount of materials used and the climate change impact of a kilogram of that material.

Next steps

With their climate roadmap in place, Mammut is now working to put their strategy in action and begin making progress on their targets.

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Angela Adams
Senior Sustainability Consultant

“This project was an important step for Mammut to transform our sustainability commitments into meaningful actions. Quantis’ climate expertise allowed us to better understand our value chain impacts and map a clear way forward to achieve our climate goals. We’re in a very different place now and are looking forward to making progress on our journey to net zero.”

Adrian Huber, Head of corporate responsibility
Mammut

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Engie Digital

Assessing the environmental performance of ENGIE’s BeeWe platform

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Quantis partnered with ENGIE Digital to assess the climate impact of its digital BeeWe platform and the avoided emissions it enables. BeeWe is a collaborative platform created by ENGIE Digital to pool and optimize inventories of spare parts within ENGIE entities and offers a space for experts to exchange knowledge.

Challenge

Digital transformation has the potential to play a critical role in decarbonizing the global economy; yet there are significant challenges that will need to be addressed if this potential is to be realized. The share of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions linked to digital have increased by 50% since 2013, and according to the latest estimates, the ICT sector currently accounts for 4% of global GHG emissions. This is strongly linked to the explosion of video (Skype, streaming, etc.) and ever-increasing consumption of digital equipment. Businesses will be instrumental in ensuring that digital transformation works for, rather than against, sustainability.

As part of its ambition to become a world leader in the zero-carbon transition, ENGIE Digital, the digital branch of major French energy utility ENGIE, has committed to create impactful software to support the company’s environmental transition. BeeWe is one such example. The platform was first developed to help ENGIE reduce costs by optimizing its inventories of spare parts. The utility believed there was potential for the platform to serve both its business and environmental goals.

ENGIE partnered with Quantis and Capgemini Invent to assess BeeWe’s environmental performance and increase the platform’s environmental benefits.

Insights 

As the environmental impact of digital solutions is often perceived as negligible, the carbon footprint of these solutions are rarely assessed. However, the physical equipment (data centres and user equipment), infrastructure and energy used to power them have tangible environmental impacts linked to the resources used for their production and high energy demand. It is critical for digital solutions designers and providers to better understand the sources of their solutions’ environmental impacts across the value chain in order to design out impacts.

Actions

Quantis conducted a life cycle assessment to evaluate the impact of the digital platform and identify potential levers for improvement. In parallel, Quantis performed a scenario analysis to understand the impacts of using the BeeWe platform to reuse existing parts in another operational site vs. manufacturing and shipping of a new part, and allow for a realistic assessment of avoided impacts.

Impact 

The study provided ENGIE with a comprehensive overview of the environmental impacts associated with running a digital platform, as well as the large scope of considerations that must be taken into account to effectively and accurately assess avoided emissions. Additionally, it shed light on the main levers of action ENGIE can take to maximize the environmental benefits of its BeeWe solution.

The findings revealed that the BeeWe platform has an overall positive impact on climate change by avoiding carbon emissions through the reuse of existing stock parts within ENGIE entities (and thus reducing the need to manufacture new parts) and the reduction of transportation from manufacturing sites.

Next steps 

As a next step, ENGIE will use the findings of the study to maximize the benefits of the BeeWe platform by adopting features that identify available parts that are located close by and provide information about the emissions of different transport solutions.

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Marion Leblon
Senior Sustainability Consultant

“With the ICT Sector accounting for 7% of the world's energy consumption, ENGIE Digital partnered with Quantis and Capgemini Invent to assess the avoided emissions of our BeeWe platform. By doing this assessment, we can now maximize the benefits of the BeeWe platform by pooling and optimizing ENGIE Group's inventories of industrial spare parts and this is a first in the energy sector!”

Sophie Guignard, Head of Digital Platform BeeWe
ENGIE digital

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Pagani Pens

Shaping a Comprehensive Sustainability Strategy for Pagani Pens

A global supplier of customized, design-oriented writing instruments, Swiss brand Prodir has embarked on a sustainability journey to reduce its environmental impact, teaming up with Quantis to shape and implement a 360-degree sustainability strategy that aligns with its mission of respect for its employees and the environment.

Insights 

Pagani Pens, and specifically its Prodir brand, made its commitment to tackle global environmental issues years ago and decided it was time to establish a coordinated initiative to identify and address sustainability priorities, improve the environmental performance of its products, and engage stakeholders on key sustainability topics to put them on a common path.

A corporate footprint is a useful tool to identify the most important sources of impact across a company’s entire value chain. For many businesses, the majority of their environmental impacts are found within the supply chain. This methodology gives companies a complete view of their business operations to identify the main environmental hotspots.

But science is not enough to drive change: the scientific results need to be paired  with creativity to find innovative strategies to improve business operations and reduce the overall environmental impact.

Actions

Pagani Pens (owner of the Prodir brand) and Quantis worked together to obtain a holistic view of the impacts from the company’s business operations, at both the corporate and portfolio levels, and used this information to shape a comprehensive sustainability strategy and identify ways to communicate this strategy to stakeholders in an engaging way.

The project included the following steps:

  • Corporate Footprint: during the first phase of the project, Prodir’s Corporate Footprint was calculated following the methodology proposed by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.
  • Portfolio Footprinting Tool: The second level of analysis focused on the environmental impact of the various products in the Prodir portfolio. To provide a complete and interactive view of the impacts, Quantis and Prodir worked together to develop a software tool to independently and efficiently assess the footprint of the brand’s most representative products.
  • Workshops: The results obtained in the project’s previous phases were presented internallyin a series of workshops with employees to boost engagement and awareness, and align internal teams on the company’s sustainability journey. The workshops were highly interactive thanks to the use of The Life Cycle Perception Game, which was tailored to the specificities of Prodir’s business.
    Three additional workshops were also organized by Quantis to focus on Eco-design, Communication and Strategy.
  • Sustainability RoadMap: The insights resulting from the workshops around product eco-design, corporate strategy and communication were used to create a sustainability roadmap for Pagani Pens to reduce its carbon footprint and address other key impacts.

Impact

The project allowed Prodir and Pagani Pens to identify the main environmental hotspots related to business activities and product materials, while also helping to create a greater level of internal engagement and awareness around the brand’s sustainability strategy, enforcing their efforts to set themselves as an example for the sector.

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Simone Pedrazzini
Director – Italy

“We want to make sure that our good intentions become real and tangible. The expertise and vision of Quantis continues to be of great support for us in our mission to turn this objective into a 360-degree strategy with effective, concrete and measurable action.”

Eckhard Sohns, Co-Director
Pagani Pens SA

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Armani Beauty

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Measuring the environmental performance of Giorgio Armani and MY WAY fragrance launch

Armani Beauty partnered with Quantis to develop a methodology and tool to measure and understand the impacts of its MY WAY perfume launch.

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Challenge

Since 2013, Armani Beauty has been implementing a sustainability plan to reduce its environmental impact, targeting product formulation, as well as packaging and retail design. Building on this work, the brand wanted to develop a carbon neutral perfume aligned with L’Oréal Group’s (its operator) climate strategy. MY WAY is the result of Armani Beauty’s sustainability commitment and L’Oréal Group’s expertise in sustainable product innovation.

To ensure the perfume’s launch aligned with the brand’s carbon neutral goal, Armani Beauty partnered with Quantis to assess and monitor the greenhouse gas emissions, environmental impacts and contribution to climate change of the MY WAY launch.

Insights

The product is the endgame of each cosmetic or personal care brand and determines how beauty or well-being benefits are delivered to consumers. To create high-quality products with strong environmental performance, sustainability must be embedded into each phase of the product’s life cycle and all functions around the product.

Actions

Quantis collaborated with Armani Beauty to develop a methodology and tool to measure the carbon footprint of all the sales and marketing activities across the MY WAY product life cycle, such as packaging, ingredients, manufacturing, transportation, as well as advertising campaigns, POS materials, gift boxes, beauty consultant training and also including post-sale impact when the product is in the hands of the consumer.

Analysis was also carried out using the Sustainable Product Optimization Tool (SPOT) co-developed by Quantis and L’Oréal in 2013 to measure the environmental impact of products. Based on 14 key sustainability criteria, this tool covers the entire life cycle of a product, from the purchase of raw materials to consumer use and end of life.

Impact

Leveraging the methodology and tools developed with Quantis, Armani Beauty was able to assess MY WAY’s residual carbon footprint and identify the main areas where improvements could be made in terms of environment impact reduction.

Armani Beauty launched several forest preservations programs in 2020 to offset the 7,000 tons of residual carbon emissions generated by MY WAY in its first year and has committed to continue these programs into the future.

Next steps 

Beyond the introduction of MY WAY in 2020, Armani beauty commits to two additional, ambitious objectives: further reducing its carbon emissions by an additional 25% by 2025, while also being entirely carbon neutral, thus all its products, by 2025. These actions are in line with the 2016 Paris Agreement to limit global warming, and the EU’s aim to be carbon neutral by 2050.

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Elsa Maurice
Senior Sustainability Consultant

“I believe that environmental issues should be close to everyone’s heart, now more than ever. There is no way we can ignore the fact that the future of the younger generations depends on our choices."

Giorgio Armani
Armani Beauty

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Fastweb

One of the first 10 Italian Companies with approved science-based targets

Fastweb decided to take a step forward in its commitment to combat climate change by measuring its direct and indirect emissions and setting ambitious reduction targets in line with the Paris agreement (COP21).

Challenge

Since its creation, Italian telecommunications company Fastweb has been focused on innovation and network infrastructure to provide high quality ultra-broadband services. The company recognises that innovation and its future success hinges on sustainability. To shape a resilient future for its business, Fastweb decided to set science-based targets in line with the Paris Agreement and the Science Based Target initiative’s criteria.

Actions

Working with Quantis, Fastweb committed to reduce absolute scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 62% and scope 3 emissions by 15% by 2030 from a 2018 base year, as well as continue annually source 100% renewable electricity through 2030.

The targets covering GHG emissions from Fastweb’s company operations (scopes 1 and 2) are consistent with reductions required to keep warming to 1.5˚C.

Fastweb also partnered with Quantis to define an action plan that will guide the company on their journey to achieve their targets over the next decade.

Impact

Fastweb’s targets were validated by the Science Based Targets initiative in August 2020, making it one of the first Italian companies to have approved science-based targets.

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Simone Pedrazzini
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Ecotone

Assessing ecotone's impacts on nature to develop a holistic, relevant and effective biodiversity strategy

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Recognizing the critical role of biodiversity in maintaining the health of our food system and the planet, Ecotone (formerly Wessanen) teamed up with Quantis to assess its impacts on nature and develop a holistic, relevant and effective biodiversity strategy.

Objective

A leader in the European market for organic and vegetarian food and Europe’s first multinational B Corp food business, Ecotone is on a mission to use its business to protect and enhance biodiversity. To support this mission and set a new standard for industry sustainability action, the company partnered with Quantis to identify the biodiversity hotspots in its value chain and develop a strategy and action plan to address its impacts on nature.

Insights

Biodiversity is fundamental to long-term business continuity and resilience, for agri-food businesses and beyond. More than half of global GDP depends on high-functioning biodiversity and ecosystem services (e.g. pollinators make crop production possible, while soil microorganisms are critical for soil fertility).

Companies that work to protect nature seize opportunities to address supply chain risks, while fostering trust with consumers and investors. What’s more, addressing biodiversity loss helps companies make progress on their climate goals, as well as other sustainability priorities, such as deforestation and land-use change.

Actions

To provide Ecotone with a strong foundation on which to build a holistic, relevant and effective biodiversity strategy, Quantis used an innovative biodiversity assessment to evaluate the company’s value chain and map its impacts.

The assessment, based on a peer-reviewed methodology developed by Quantis and other experts, harnesses a life-cycle approach enriched with local considerations addressing climate change, water depletion, pollutant emission, land use and soil biodiversity.

Impact

The assessment results provided Ecotone with a clear view of its biodiversity hotspots and the activities that have the greatest impact on nature. These insights enabled the company to define the priorities that would underpin its biodiversity strategy and rebrand to strengthen the focus on its commitment to biodiversity.

Ecotone is currently working with Quantis to determine which levers of change to prioritize in its strategy, such as organic regenerative agriculture, shade grown coffee, avoided deforestation, and more.

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Edith Martin
Group Biodiversity Lead

“Understanding our impact on nature throughout our value chain is fundamental to our biodiversity strategy. Working with Quantis to conduct a nature assessment provided us with a valuable overview of our impacts and highlighted the key levers to reduce them.”

Emilie Lowenbach, Sustainability Director
Ecotone

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Ÿnsect

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Using a metrics-based approach to embed sustainability into Ynsect Business Strategy

With Quantis, Ÿnsect is adopting a prospective metric-based approach, creating the foundation for a resilient environmental and business strategy.

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Challenge

Ÿnsect, a French ag-tech innovator specialized in breeding insects, is on a mission to create a sustainable food system that meets the rising demands of global protein consumption while preserving resources and biodiversity, and tackling climate change.

Since 2015, Ÿnsect has partnered with Quantis to develop robust environmental metrics that the company can leverage to embed environmental KPIs into its business, demonstrate the positive impact of its products, and support its ambition to become a world leader in alternative protein.

Insights

An estimated 28% of global greenhouse gas emissions are attributed to the global food system, with agriculture and land-use change responsible for approximately 87% of these emissions. Transformation of the food system, through bold action and disruptive solutions, is the strongest lever we have to cap global temperature change to 1.5˚C by 2030.

To drive meaningful improvement and bring about the level of change that’s necessary, these actions and solutions must be guided by robust environmental metrics that assess the full agri-food value chain. This includes accounting for the impacts and benefits (such as carbon sequestration) of agricultural and land-management practices.

Actions

First, to understand where the company currently stands in relation to its sustainability strategy and to identify any areas of improvement, Quantis performed:

  • LCAs of Ÿnsect’s insect proteins to influence its eco-design decisions and act on key areas of the value chain
  • Comparative LCA of animal vs. insect proteins
  • Consequential LCA to check that there are no unintended negative impacts of introducing insects to the market

To help Ÿnsect drive continuous improvement of its processes + products and keep on-mission as it scales, Quantis contributed to develop a cutting-edge tool that the ag-tech innovator can use to continuously monitor its corporate footprint, inform its eco-design process, etc.

Impact

In addition to finding that Ÿnsect’s solution provides a benefit for the environment, Quantis’ assessment revealed that the largest driver of Ÿnsect’s impact is related to its factories and its key ingredients and energy consumption. Additionally, biodiversity, rather than water which is a typical indicator for the food sector, was found to be a key challenge the company will need to address.

With the insights from the study, Quantis provided recommendations for improving the company’s energy mix and developing a sustainable purchasing charter to address its impacts linked to its insect feed. Ÿnsect also launched an insetting program focused on sustainable forest management and financing biodiversity preservation projects.

Learnings

Eco-design LCA is a critical tool that enables Ynsect to continuously lower its impacts, while  consequential LCA allows investors to verify that the company is  moving in  the right direction with no rebound effects. A consequential approach is likely to be important for investors and customers in the future, allowing them to anticipate the evolution of market trends.

Next Steps

With sustainability already embedded into the core of its business strategy, Ÿnsect will continue to work on improving the efficiency of its operations and ensuring its rapid expansion aligns with its sustainability goals.

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Edith Martin
Senior Sustainability Consultant

“At Ÿnsect, sustainability is written in our DNA. We want to propose a solution that has a lasting positive impact on society and the environment. This is what drove us to work with Quantis to embed environmental KPIs into our business and demonstrate the positive impact of Ÿnsect products. These metrics were critical to expand Ÿnsect’s Series C fundraising beyond initial target, one of the biggest ag-tech deals in history."

Antoine Hubert, CEO
Ÿnsect

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BVLGARI MAN WOOD ESSENCE

First steps towards designing a sustainable perfume

BVLGARI takes a step forward in its journey towards sustainability by analyzing the environmental impacts occurring in its perfume value chain. The insights of the analysis formed the basis of the brand’s perfume sustainability strategy.

Challenge

BVLGARI, the Italian luxury brand known for its jewelry, watches, fragrances and leather goods, has committed to advance its environmental, social and ethical performance by embedding sustainability into its activities. One way the company is working to deliver on this commitment is by taking steps to reduce the environmental footprint of its products and exploring opportunities for circularity.

As part of this work, BVLGARI partnered with Quantis to perform a Life Cycle Assessment of its Bvlgari Man Wood Essence eau de parfum

The aim of the study was to highlight the product and its packaging’s main environmental, water and ecotoxicity hotspots along the whole value chain. The insights would be used to define good practices to be followed internally, not only for the Bvlgari Man Wood Essence, but also for the other perfume belonging to the brand portfolio.

Insights

Climate change, shifting lifestyles and stakeholder expectations around sustainability will define beauty for the next decade.

Brands that prioritize sustainability and transparency will come out on top.  As a first step, brands need to assess their environmental impacts and whether they are operating within or beyond planetary boundaries.

Performing a product life cycle assessment for its Bvlgari Man Wood Essence eau de parfum provided BVLGARI with insights on its main environmental hotspots, laying the foundation for the creation of a robust, science-based sustainability strategy based.

Actions

To help BVLGARI understand the key environmental impacts of Bvlgari Man Wood Essence’s bulk, primary and secondary packaging, Quantis harnessed a life cycle assessment approach to perform a product footprint. In addition to measuring the product’s climate change impact, Quantis used additional environmental indicators such as water consumption and ecosystem quality to provide a comprehensive overview of the overall impacts.

Once the main environmental hotspots were identified, a series of sensitivity analyses were carried out. The additional analysis focused on different geographical areas for distribution and end of life, diversification of raw material sourcing and distribution methods.

The outcomes will be used by BVLGARI to define the future good practices to be followed.

Impact

The results of the study enabled BVLGARI to identify and prioritize the areas and issues with the greatest potential for improvement, such as climate change.

  • The assessment highlighted the possible impact reductions related to raw material sourcing, which can be applied to all perfume in the brand’s portfolio.
  • The primary and secondary packaging analysis identified the different trade-offs related to the materials.
  • The results also demonstrated how it is possible for the brand to optimize the product life cycle, such as considering sustainability during the product design phase and improving collaboration with main suppliers.

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Simone Pedrazzini
Director, Italy

"We were delighted to work with Quantis. Performing a life cycle assessment on Bvlgari Man Wood Essence was an important step toward improving our understanding of its main environmental hotspots. Thanks to the collaboration with Quantis, we were able to identify clear actions and opportunities to further reduce the footprint of our products."

Valentina Villani, Perfume Environment Senior Manager
BVLGARI

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GORE-TEX (The Gore Fabrics Division)

Developing and sharing concrete, measurable carbon goals for the GORE-TEX brand, from carbon footprint to goal setting, internal engagement and external communications

Quantis guided the Gore Fabrics Division, makers of GORE-TEX products, throughout its entire carbon goal journey, from calculating full carbon footprint to setting carbon reduction targets and ultimately sharing its goals through a communications campaign. To ensure success, Quantis supported the design and implementation of an internal engagement program, training hundreds of team members on sustainability and carbon goals.

Challenge

As one of the most well-known and loved “ingredient brands” operating in the global outdoor sports and apparel segment, the GORE-TEX brand occupies a leadership position. With global carbon emissions rising and pressure increasing for the sector to take clear actions to reduce their climate impact, the Gore Fabrics Division aspired to develop  strong and ambitious carbon goals. As a company deeply rooted in science, Gore sought a partner who could guide them using a science-based methodology to understand their impacts, set ambitious targets and effectively communicate them in a credible way.

Insights

To succeed, the project required a unique combination of left brain scientific knowledge and right brain creativity and “soft skills” to clearly define climate targets and effectively communicate them. With our expertise on climate strategy, strong scientific rigor and communications and engagement skills, coupled with our extensive experience in both the apparel and chemical sectors, Quantis was the ideal partner for this project.

Actions

Quantis set-up a cross-functional team to support the Gore Fabrics Division along their entire journey. We started with a complete carbon footprint/baseline calculation, then worked with the core Gore project team to set ambitious goals and develop an action area roadmap. Finally, we assisted Gore in shaping a compelling story to share with leadership. Quantis then supported the development of an internal and external communications plan to ensure Gore would get the visibility and engagement needed for success. Working over a period of six months, Quantis created a suite of communications materials that included infographics, an intro PDF and a video. Quantis also helped develop an internal engagement program and conducted more than 15 virtual workshops to train over 300 team members using a custom-designed, interactive game.

Impact

As a result of this project, the Gore Fabrics Division set ambitious, science-based goals for carbon reduction across all scopes. They have clearly shared their goals both internally and externally, receiving very positive feedback from the industry, customers and employees. The trainings have been very well-received with positive feedback and increased awareness on the actions and positive contribution each employee can have to contribute to the achievement of the company’s carbon goals.

Lesson Learned

This project provides a great road-map for other companies embarking on their carbon goals journey and highlights key elements for success: a diverse project team with insights from across the company, access to critical data and alignment on appropriate levels of data accuracy, translating climate science into concrete corporate actions, and communicating new, complex information to employees and leadership in an easy-to-understand way that makes the information actionable.

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Dominik Müller
Senior Sustainability Consultant

“Quantis did a great job in helping us work our way through the data and getting the message out to our teams and partners in the marketplace. We are in a very different place now and are looking forward to contributing our share to prevent dangerous climate change!”

Markus Wieser, Sustainability Strategy
The Gore Fabrics Division

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Olam International

An environmental footprinting tool for transparent and sustainable agri-food sourcing

Olam International is a leading food and agri-business, supplying food and industrial raw materials to over 25,000 customers worldwide, from well-known global brands to small businesses. The company partnered with Quantis to develop the Digital Footprint Calculator, a complement to its sustainable sourcing solution AtSource. The new tool offers insights on the environmental impacts of products across different supply chains and geographies from the farm-level up to the customer.

Challenge

Consumer and stakeholder demand for sustainable products is on the rise. As a result, food and beverage companies across the world are being faced with the challenge of driving transformational change and providing greater transparency across their complex supply chains.

Olam’s AtSource tool enables its customers to meet these expectations by providing access to information on the causes and types of impacts occurring in their supply chains, tracing them all the way back to farm level. With this information, food companies are empowered to shape change on the ground and drive social and environmental improvements at scale. Olam partnered with Quantis to integrate environmental sustainability metrics into AtSource and translate that data into environmental impacts — a major challenge, given the large scale of Olam’s global operations.

Insights

To drive meaningful improvements in the agri-food supply chain requires the collection and analysis of on-farm data on a massive scale, covering hundreds of crop-country combinations. Furthermore, for comprehensive impact analysis, it is also important to account for the impacts and benefits of agricultural practices, such as land management practices that can influence the amount of carbon sequestered on the farm, something that is not yet well addressed by conventional environmental footprinting methodologies. To make this data actionable and compatible with AtSource required expertise in effectively translating environmental metrics into a cutting-edge IT solution.

Actions

Quantis worked closely with Olam’s sustainability and IT teams to develop The Digital Footprint Calculator, an online tool that converts agricultural and processing data into comprehensive insights on environmental impacts. To analyze the data, Quantis used LCA-based approaches and innovative methods to account for the impacts and benefits of agricultural practices.

In 2020, Olam’s AtSource tool was awarded the Responsible Supply Chain Award from Reuters Events’ Responsible Business Awards. Here’s what the judges had to say: “AtSource is a highly innovative and scalable plus well-established model that allows Olam’s customers – for the first time – to track the social and environmental footprint of a product from the farmer group, to their factory gate. It uses 150 economic, social and environmental metrics. Bringing transparency to what has been a rather opaque part of the commodity industry. Very much leading a new, sustainable path for their industry.”

Impact

By integrating The Digital Footprint Calculator into AtSource, it becomes the most complete and comprehensive sustainable sourcing platform in the agri-food sector. With AtSource, Olam empowers its customers with the data needed to identify hotspots and track progress towards their sustainability targets.

Lesson Learned

Automating environmental impacts is a key step to process large amounts of data, yet human insight and interpretation is still needed to understand the actions that can follow to make positive change.

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“This project is an important and ambitious undertaking for Olam and I could not think of a better partner than Quantis for it. Quantis’ unique combination of expertise in environmental science and creativity, has made this project a success.”

Tom Oldfield, PhD
AtSource Metric Manager

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Beautycounter

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Linking Sustainability to a Brand’s Core Mission with Materiality

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Beautycounter partnered with Quantis to identify the key sustainability issues impacting its brand and build a strong business case for action.

Challenge

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Beautycounter develops and distributes nearly 150 high-performing products across skin care, color cosmetics, advanced anti–aging, kids, baby and personal care collections. A certified B-Corp, Beautycounter was founded with a mission to make safer, more sustainable personal care products.

Entering into a new phase of growth and seeking to further amplify its work as an advocate for change in the beauty industry, Beautycounter sought to prioritize focus areas in its sustainability work. It needed a targeted approach to direct business strategy, including fiscal investment, to be implemented with strategic precision.

Beautycounter partnered with Quantis to define what sustainability topics were most relevant to the company to ensure resources would be allocated to the areas that have the potential to yield the greatest benefits.

Solutions

Materiality assessment can be a powerful tool for building a strong business case for sustainability and generating internal buy-in. Uncovering what topics are important to people within, outside and influencing a company can provide a strong argument for action and give more weight to issues that have not traditionally been considered central to the company’s mission.

Human health is at the core of Beautycounter’s mission. Human health and well-being is intrinsically linked to environmental health, and there was a strong desire for a strategy that intertwined the two. However, there was a need to demonstrate the relevance of and need for this approach. Conducting a materiality assessment allowed the sustainability team to put together a robust business case for why embedding sustainability into the brand’s operations strongly supported and was critical to its mission.

Actions

Quantis mapped Beautycounter’s key stakeholders and engaged them through surveys and interviews to gain insight on the different perspectives on the company. Synthesized with Quantis’ industry expertise and targeted research, these valuable insights fed multi-factor prioritization of identified sustainability issues. Quantis was able to highlight which topics were most relevant for different stakeholders, make recommendations related to Beautycounter’s strategic direction in areas such as sourcing/procurement, product design, operations efficiency (reducing waste), etc. as well as provide guidance on how to communicate the findings of the assessment.

Impact

Conducting a materiality assessment to uncover its most material sustainability issues enabled Beautycounter to identify its strengths and high-priority risks, gaps and opportunities. With these insights, Beautycounter was able to define what sustainability means for its brand, support decision-making and shape a value-driven approach to sustainability across its business.

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Emmanuel Hembert
Global Cosmetics & Personal Care Lead

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MOL Group

Using scenario analysis to align MOL Group with a 2°C pathway

MOL Group is a Hungarian multinational oil and gas company based in Budapest. A growing number of its investors are considering sustainability risks during the investment decision-making process. As a result, MOL Group is increasingly being asked for information about the long-term impact of climate change risks.

To respond to investor needs as it transitions a larger portion of its business to petrochemicals, MOL Group teamed up with Quantis to create a corporate carbon footprinting tool and perform the company’s first-ever scenario analysis up to 2030.

Insights

A corporate footprint enables organizations to understand where the hotspots are across its value chain and identify the main drivers of its environmental impact. This information provides the foundation for a robust sustainability strategy and is critical for communicating credibly with investors about risks and how to address them.

In the case of MOL Group, however, a corporate footprint alone was not enough. An assessment of its current business would not reflect the changes the company is making to its business model and value chain. Performing a scenario analysis, however, provided valuable insight into what these changes mean for the company’s total footprint and how its strategy and actions could be adjusted to align with IPCC scenarios and projected global transitions.

Actions

Quantis first worked with MOL Group to develop a carbon footprint tool to enable the company to monitor its long-term sustainability goals, as well as short- and long-term milestones. By adjusting the situation in the tool, the company can also see how changes to its business will influence future performance.

Quantis then performed a scenario analysis on different policies to track how MOL Group’s business model shift will influence its environmental performance. The analysis was based on three International Energy Agency scenarios, the company’s current operations, and 2030 strategy and related estimations for GHG Emissions Scope 1, 2 and 3 up to 2030.

Impact

MOL Group has been using the results of its scenario analysis to communicate to its investors about future risks and opportunities. 

Using the corporate footprint tool, MOL Group now has an easy way to update its performance every year with new activity data and adapted business opportunities in order to track progress on achieving its long-term goals and communicate this progress to internal teams, investors and other key stakeholders.

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Dominik Müller
Senior Sustainability Consultant

"A corporate footprint provides the foundation for a robust sustainability strategy and is critical for communicating credibly with investors about risks and how to address them."

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Arla Foods

Assessing plastic leakage across Arla’s global value chain

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As a first step in defining an effective action plan to reduce plastic leakage along its global value chain, multinational dairy cooperative Arla Foods performed a corporate plastic leakage assessment to understand how much leakage is occuring, where, and during which stages of the value chain the leakage may be occuring.

Challenge

Arla Foods has made bold commitments to reduce plastic leakage along its global value chain as part of its wider sustainable packaging strategy, which includes zero waste and 100% recyclable ambitions. The company knew that for its efforts to address plastic leakage to be impactful, they needed to be tailored to the challenges present in its own supply chain. Information about where and how much plastic leakage is occurring in the value chain was therefore essential for defining an effective action plan.

Insights

Growing awareness around the environmental impact and scale of plastic pollution has made plastic leakage a hot-button topic and a major business risk for companies in the agri-food industry and beyond. Companies are making bold commitments to tackle plastic pollution, but they lack the necessary information and tools to drive real change. Currently, life cycle assessments, a key tool companies use to assess the environmental impacts of their products and business, do not account for plastic as a pollutant, meaning businesses can’t identify when or where plastic leakage is occuring.

Designed specifically for businesses by Quantis and eco-design center EA, the Plastic Leak Project (PLP) Guidelines fill this critical gap by providing the first science-based methodology for calculating and reporting estimates of plastic and micro-plastic leakage across the value chain. Using the methodology, companies can detect leakage hotspots, identify priorities, define effective action plans that avoid trade-off of impact, track progress and communicate credibly about the environmental performance of their products and business as a whole.

As a member of the Plastic Leak Project, Arla was one of the first companies to pilot the guidelines and perform a corporate-level assessment of its plastic leakage.

Actions

Arla collected data about the amount of plastic being used across all stages of the value chain — from the farms supplying Arla to the factories manufacturing its products and packaging, etc. Quantis applied the PLP guidelines to Arla’s data and using life cycle assessment principles, identified the company’s total plastic leakage. Detailed analysis of the data was performed to find out which geographic regions and life cycle stages are the most significant sources of plastic leakage, as well as where the leaked plastic ends up.

Impact

The results of the assessment revealed that 4% of the nearly 100,000 tons of plastic used in Arla’s value chain was leaking into the environment. Most of this leakage was linked to macro-plastics and was found to be occuring at the end-of-life stage mainly due to inefficient waste management systems. Nigeria, Bangladesh, and China were identified as the countries with the highest rates of plastic leakage.

Arla used the findings of the scientific assessment to inform its plastic leakage strategy and to develop an action plan tailored to the specific challenges present in its value chain. The company has decided to work directly with stakeholders in core markets to increase recycling rates and address littering.

The data gathered from this initial assessment will form a baseline that Arla can use to monitor improvement and track progress toward its goals, as well as demonstrate its leadership in tackling plastic pollution.

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Laura Peano
Senior Sustainability Consultant

"Arla used the findings of the scientific assessment to inform its plastic leakage strategy and to develop an action plan tailored to the specific challenges present in its value chain."

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Sympatex

Quantifying the plastic leakage of an outdoor jacket across its life cycle

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To identify effective solutions to tackle plastic leakage along the life cycle of its products, Sympatex teamed up with Quantis, eco-design center EA and the Plastic Leak Project to quantify the leakage of a new outdoor jacket.

Challenge

Sympatex Technologies is a leading global supplier of high-tech functional materials in clothing, footwear, accessories and technical fields of application. The company has actively been working through research and partnerships to reduce the environmental footprint of its products, and has made ambitious commitments to achieve 100% circularity and eliminate microplastic pollution from occurring over the lifetime of its functional textiles.

A key challenge Sympatex has faced in achieving this goal is the lack of clear information on the sources and amount of plastic leakage occurring across the life cycle of its products. Sympatex joined the Plastic Leak Project (PLP), co-founded by Quantis and eco-design center EA, to fill this knowledge gap.

Insights

Growing awareness around the environmental impact and scale of plastic pollution has spurred many companies to tackle plastic leakage in their value chains. Yet they lack the necessary information and tools to transform these commitments into meaningful actions. Currently life cycle assessments, a key tool companies use to assess the environmental impacts of their products and business, do not account for plastic as a pollutant, meaning businesses can’t identify when or where plastic leakage is occurring.

Designed specifically for business, the PLP guidelines are the first science-based methodology for calculating and reporting estimates of plastic and micro-plastic leakage across the value chain — including leakage that occurs as a result of product washing. Sympatex was one of the first companies to pilot the Project’s pioneering methodology, performing a plastic leakage assessment exemplified by a three-layer hardshell jacket.

Actions

As a first step, Sympatex collected data about the amount of plastic used across the value chain to produce the polymer in its hardshell jacket — from production all the way through to use (washing) and disposal. Applying the PLP guidelines to Sympatex’s data, Quantis then identified the total plastic leakage linked to the hardshell jacket, where the leaked plastic ended up in the environment, as well as the contribution of each life cycle stage and geographic region to the overall amount of leakage.

Impact

The results of the assessment revealed that 28% of the plastic used across the life cycle of the jacket leaks into the environment. Approximately 99% of this leakage was found to occur not during use phase (washing of the product), as it is commonly assumed, but rather at end-of-life. At this stage, the leakage is due to inadequate waste collection and treatment systems in developing countries where 50% of the used apparel is estimated to be exported to give them a second life.

Learnings

The perception of the use phase as the most impactful stage in terms of plastic leakage because of shedding during washing is prevalent. The findings of Sympatex’s assessment show that end-of-life can be more impactful than the use phase, and greater efforts and investment should be directed towards finding ways to prolong the lifetime of apparel as well as to improve the waste management systems in developing countries where a lot of apparel ends up at the end of life.

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Laura Peano
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“The results of the assessment really surprised us and broke down some misconceptions about where in our value chain plastic leakage is occurring. We now know where we need to be focusing our efforts in order to have a real impact in eliminating plastic pollution from the life cycle of our product. At the same time, it confirms us in our ambitious goal, which we have set for ourselves, of closing the textile loop as quickly as possible.”

Dr Rüdiger Fox, CEO
Sympatex

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Barry Callebaut

A new methodology to account for land-use change in the cocoa supply chain.

Quantis and Barry Callebaut worked in close partnership to develop an innovative carbon footprinting methodology to assess the impacts of land-use change and deforestation driven by cocoa farming. Designed specifically for the cocoa supply chain, this first of its kind methodology combines GPS data, satellite imagery and farm-level management data.

Challenge

As part of its Forever Chocolate commitments, which aim to make sustainable chocolate the norm by 2025, Switzerland-headquartered cocoa producer Barry Callebaut has set ambitious targets to become carbon and forest positive by 2025. Land-use change (LUC) — forests cleared for cocoa farming — is a significant source of carbon emissions within the company’s supply chain. Addressing LUC and its associated impacts is critical for Barry Callebaut if it is to deliver on its 2025 goals. But to do so, the company required a precise way of accounting for LUC emissions.

Insights

Companies are increasingly harnessing natural climate solutions, such as eliminating deforestation, to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change and make meaningful progress on their carbon-reduction strategies. To effectively tackle deforestation and accurately assess land-use-related carbon emissions, companies need access to comprehensive, farm-level data that provide a realistic snapshot of what is happening on the ground in the regions they source from. By combining spatially explicit information and satellite imagery with farm-level data, companies can better identify where and what kind of interventions are needed.

Actions

Quantis worked closely with Barry Callebaut to develop a pioneering methodology to more accurately assess land-use change emissions from individual cocoa farms in its supply chain. Instead of using average country-level data, the methodology combines GPS coordinates with detailed farm-level data from on-the-ground samples and satellite imagery. It then consolidates that information into maps that Barry Callebaut can use to easily identify sourcing regions with the greatest carbon reduction potential and determine actions to further reduce carbon emissions.

Impact 

Using this assessment, Barry Callebaut is able to produce a robust, scientific baseline for the carbon footprint of land-use change in its cocoa supply chain. And then develop a more precise reduction strategy of cocoa and chocolate carbon footprint informing actions for Barry Callebaut Forever Chocolate commitment to become carbon and forest positive by 2025. Furthermore, customers co-benefit from Barry Callebaut carbon reduction efforts taken in their cocoa supply chain. This new and refined assessment can inform a cocoa industry standard in the future.

Next steps 

Barry Callebaut has begun working closely with cocoa farmers in priority regions to identify actions to eliminate deforestation and reduce land-use change emissions in its supply chain.

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“At Barry Callebaut, we are proud of developing the Cocoa Land-Use Change Assessment with Quantis and are excited about the progress it will enable us to make. But we also realize that much change is still needed and we cannot make it alone. We hope this innovative methodology will be an inspiration for others in the industry to follow.”

Oliver von Hagen, Director, Global Ingredients Sustainability & Carbon and Forest Programs
Barry Callebaut

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Braskem

Catalyzing meaningful action on land-use change through supply chain collaboration

Brazilian petrochemical company Braskem teamed up with Quantis to assess the land-use change (LUC) impact of its biopolyethylene (Green PE) from sugarcane ethanol. Working together with ethanol supplier, Atvos, Braskem collected farm-level data from sugarcane fields supplying the ethanol plants it was sourcing from. The results from the project provide a solid foundation for Braskem’s climate strategy, risk management, sustainable sourcing and communications.

Challenge

Assessing the impacts of land-use change and the opportunities to avoid it is a critical step in determining the sustainability of Green PE. Yet, country-level estimates of LUC impacts are often too generic for the kind of assessment needed. To better understand the direct and indirect LUC impact of its Green PE supply chain and credibly communicate about them, Braskem needed a more granular and regionalized approach to LUC estimation, assessing supplier-specific practices in its value chain at the regional and farm-level.

Insights

As companies make bold commitments to reduce their climate-related impacts, more and more businesses are tapping into natural climate solutions, such as avoiding deforestation, as key levers in their carbon reduction strategies. Currently, there is no standardized methodology for estimating the impact of direct and indirect land-use change from sugarcane cultivation in Brazil. Moreover, existing country-level estimates may not provide the level of specificity needed to track targeted actions for improvement. To more accurately assess LUC impact and ensure that no land-use change or deforestation is occurring in their supply chains, companies need reliable regional or farm-level data that reflect their supply chain practices. This is particularly relevant in countries with diverse biophysical and geographical features, such as Brazil.

Collaboration between companies and their suppliers is critical for accessing this information. For this project, Braskem and Quantis brought on board sugarcane and ethanol supplier Atvos. Embrapa, the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation was also called upon to provide its expertise in LUC and carbon stock dynamics at the regional and farm-level.

Actions

To calculate the LUC impact of its Green PE from sugarcane ethanol, Braskem first identified the ethanol plants and sugarcane suppliers in its supply chain, including their exact location and biome. This process led Braskem to  Atvos, with whom it then worked to collect farm-level data (location, age of plantation and soil type). Using satellite imagery, land use prior to sugarcane cultivation was classified by land-use category (natural forest, pasture, perennial cropland, wetlands, etc.). Biomass and soil carbon-stock values were collected. LUC impacts were calculated following the Accounting for Natural Climate Solutions Guidance. Available state and national-level LUC models were also analyzed to provide a better understanding of the underlying methodology and data quality. The resulting data was synthesized to provide a complete picture of the direct and potential indirect GHG emissions related to sugarcane-driven land-use change.

Impact

Estimates of land-use change and deforestation from assessments using regional and farm-level data differed significantly from those calculated using country-level data. Collaborating with its suppliers, Braskem was able to obtain the best available data to calculate the direct LUC effects of its own supply chain and improve the robustness of its results.

Braskem will use this information to shape its Green PE climate strategy, risk management efforts, sustainable sourcing strategy and communications with the consumer goods companies it supplies.

This project also enabled Braskem to strengthen its relationship with its suppliers, opening the door for further opportunities to work collectively to address LUC and other key impacts.

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“Working with Quantis allowed us to better understand our supply chain and build a stronger collaborative relationship with our suppliers. Furthermore, we’re now better equipped to communicate credibly with our customers about the environmental sustainability of our products.”

Yuki Kabe, LCA specialist, Sustainability in the value chain
Braskem

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Eastman Naia

Developing a sustainability-centered brand positioning for fiber brand Naia™

Eastman partnered with Quantis to create a credible sustainability focused brand positioning and narrative for its cellulosic fiber brand Naia™.

Challenge

After a pre-launch of its cellulosic fiber brand Naia™, Eastman realized there was a more interesting story to tell about Naia™ beyond its core attributes around Luxury, Comfort and Ease of Care.

Naia™ is made from wood pulp sourced from sustainably managed forests. It is bio-based and made in a closed-loop production process. Compared to many fibers on the market today, Naia™ has a very low environmental footprint. These facts solidly position the brand as a sustainable fiber.

The Eastman team decided to reposition the brand with environmental sustainability as its core. They needed a unique angle with solid proof-points to back up the story and asked Quantis to help them build this credible brand positioning and narrative.

Insights

To gather the insights needed to build a unique, memorable and credible brand narrative, Quantis conducted a complete market, customer and sustainability analysis. This included:

  • speaking with 15 different fashion brands and mills to understand what drives them to select a sustainable fiber
  •  Conducting a study of emerging global sustainability trends in the fashion sector
  • Analyzing alternative fibers and market players to find the sweet spot for Naia™
  • Reviewing the Naia™ LCA and environmental certifications to recommend those needed to back-up the brand’s sustainability story

The analysis revealed the unique position of Naia™ in step one of the fashion value chain, as well as its deep understanding of sustainability and fully transparent story. This led Quantis to develop a positioning for Naia™ as a brand that collaborates to empower and catalyze our partners to understand, communicate and collectively build a sustainable fashion industry.

Actions

To bring this new brand positioning to life, Quantis developed a master creative vision and storyline to guide all future actions and brand communications. Quantis wrote, designed and produced a brand kit with materials for customers, including: messaging, two sales presentations, three leaflets, a brand brochure, infographics and content for its website and tradeshow booth and ads, as well as a contribution to a video.

Quantis also trained teams at Eastman to prepare them to talk about its sustainability story and answer any questions from customers and stakeholders

The Naia™ brand team took this learning to heart and is continuing efforts to improve the brand’s sustainability credentials and obtain more certifications, including biodegradability and industrial composting.

Impact

The launch of the new brand positioning at the 2018 PremiereVision trade show in Paris was a huge success, gaining a lot of attention and new clients.

A year later, the sustainability-oriented positioning continues to work well for Naia™, helping the brand access top fashion brands and mills with increased sales.

As of the end of 2019, there are more than 100 mills working with Naia™ worldwide and more than 200 fashion brands selling garments with Naia™.

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“Quantis was instrumental in helping us develop a credible, fact-based sustainability brand positioning for Naia™ that speaks to fashion brands and fabric mills alike. A year after the launch, we continue to strengthen our sustainability positioning with new certifications and improved processes with a clear direction and brand mission. Inspired designers are now transforming our natural, sustainable yarn into luxurious, soft, and easy-to-care-for fabrics and fashion. It’s an exciting time to be fully delivering on the promise of sustainable textiles.”

Ruth Farrell, Global Marketing Director of Textiles
Eastman 

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FrieslandCampina

RESPACKT: a decision-making tool for responsible packaging development and management

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In a close collaborative partnership, FrieslandCampina and Quantis developed the RESPACKT tool — a science-based online assessment tool to measure, compare and monitor the environmental performance of single and multiple packaging as well as entire packaging portfolios. RESPACKT enables designers to assess packaging across multiple criteria, including carbon emissions, fossil fuel depletion, land use and recyclability, providing  a holistic view of environmental performance.

Challenge

As one of the world’s largest dairy companies, FrieslandCampina aspires to build a leading position in sustainability and set the standard for the dairy industry.

Product packaging plays an important role in the environmental performance of the company’s products. Design and material choices can have a profound effect on a product’s footprint, dictating the end-of-life options available as well as the packaging’s potential to manage food waste.

As such, improving the environmental performance of its packaging is a key priority within FrieslandCampina’s sustainability strategy. To drive its sustainable packaging vision, the company decided to develop a science-based ecodesign tool to support its packaging design team in making sustainable design decisions.

Insights

For ecodesign efforts to meaningfully influence the design process, companies need both robust metrics and internal buy-in. It was critical for FrieslandCampina’s ecodesign tool to have both a solid scientific foundation and a user experience that would be intuitive for FrieslandCampina’s packaging designers.

Quantis’ extensive scientific background and solid web development capabilities (and previous experience producing customized packaging ecodesign tools) made Quantis an ideal partner to co-create this ecodesign tool and ensure it would provide maximum value to FrieslandCampina.

Actions

In a close collaborative partnership, FrieslandCampina and Quantis developed the RESPACKT tool — a science-based online assessment tool to measure, compare and monitor the environmental performance of single and multiple packaging as well as entire packaging portfolios

RESPACKT enables designers to assess packaging across multiple criteria, including carbon emissions, fossil fuel depletion, land use and recyclability, providing  a holistic view of environmental performance. The tool also measures the potential impact of packaging on food waste — a crucial and often neglected aspect of sustainable packaging design.

Quantis also developed a training, overview brochure and animated illustrated video to easily share and explain the Respackt tool internally and externally.

Impact

To ensure environmental considerations are fully embedded in design, FrieslandCampina has integrated RESPACKT into the stage-gate process of packaging development.

Using the tool to compare different types of packaging, the company can rapidly optimize and make improvements to design, such as eliminating unnecessary elements to facilitate sorting and recycling of packaging materials at end-of-life.

After the launch of RESPACKT, FrieslandCampina started right away to analyse the full global packaging portfolio. The insights from RESPACKT enabled them to properly prioritise and determine a sustainable packaging roadmap for the coming years.

The insights offered by RESPACKT will be invaluable in helping FrieslandCampina deliver on its ambitious sustainable packaging strategy and drive positive and meaningful change.

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“You say you are proud, and I couldn’t agree more. I think we’ve built a beautiful and useful sustainability tool.”

Tim Mulder, Packaging Development Manager – Sustainable Packaging Expert Team
RESPACKT

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MMAtwo

Constructing a novel PMMA recycling value chain in Europe with MMAtwo: a multi-sectorial international consortium.

PMMA is a polymer that has an extensive range of applications in everyday life, including in cameras, smartphone screens and car windows. It is, however, notoriously difficult to recycle, unless the scrap material is of very high purity. The aim of the MMAtwo project is to address this issue by constructing a novel PMMA recycling value chain in Europe

Project Objectives 

  • Avoid the down-cycling of the MMA compound in the polymer and produce – through depolymerization – a recyclate identical to virgin material in both properties and quality
  • Develop an innovative technology enabling lead-free recycling of lower quality PMMA waste
  • Quantity the potential savings in energy use and CO2 emissions with respect to virgin MMA
  • Ultimately, develop a new innovative value chain in Europe with the potential to widen the range of scrap PMMA waste fit for recycling

Quantis’ Solutions 

  • Perform an environmental Life Cycle Assessment and a Life Cycle Costing of the different value chain design options
  • Compare the environmental performance of the production of the recycled and conventional virgin PMMAs
  • Identify the most probable environmental hotspots along the life cycle of the recycled PMMA
  • Guide the design and strategy development of the recycling value chain towards more sustainable solutions and provide best-practice recommendations

MMAtwo: A multi-sectorial international consortium

“By creating a novel PMMA recycling value chain and a new market for recycled plastic materials, the MMAtwo project addresses topics of high importance on the European sustainable development agenda, including plastic pollution and waste mismanagement, as well as the transition to a circular economy”

Simon Van Der Heijden, Project Coordinator & Director & Co-founder 
Heathland

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Schnitzer Steel

Transforming Robust Environmental Metrics into Credible + Engaging Communications

Quantis assembled a diverse team of writers, designers and technical consultants to ensure the report was rooted in sound science and to deliver that science in an interesting, accessible and aesthetically pleasing way.

Challenge

Founded in 1906, Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (“Schnitzer”), is one of North America’s largest recyclers of ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metal, including end-of-life vehciles, a manufacturer of finished steel products and reseller of used auto parts.

In 2018, Schnitzer began working with Quantis to take its sustainability platform to the next level. At the time, the company had yet to publish a standardized, GRI-referenced sustainability report. Together, Schnitzer and Quantis set out to produce the company’s first fully-fledged sustainability report with a standardized reporting structure that would be recognised by investors and their audiences and serve as an introduction to existing sustainability initiatives that had yet to be fully communicated.

Insights

Effective sustainability communications are built on a fine balance of robust environmental metrics and creativity. Environmental sustainability metrics ensure communications are developed with accuracy and reliability, while clever language and visually engaging design elements weave a good story.

To produce its first GRI-referenced report, Schnitzer brought onboard Quantis’ metrics-based approach and sustainability reporting know-how to guide the process. With a large set of data to work with, Quantis used data visualization to translate metrics from across Schnitzer’s business into a comprehensive, engaging, easy-to-read and visually appealing report.

Actions

To establish a strong foundation for the report, Quantis conducted a materiality assessment to identify priority topics and issues. A communications workshop was also organized with leaders from different departments at Schnitzer to align on the report concept, outline and key messages.

Quantis assembled a diverse team of writers, designers and technical consultants to ensure the report was rooted in sound science and to deliver that science in an interesting, accessible and aesthetically pleasing way.

Impact

The report was well-received by Schnitzer leadership, shareholders and employees, generating internal excitement for its sustainability initiatives. The report provides stakeholders with better visibility on the efforts the company has undertaken and those currently in progress to effectively address pressing sustainability topics. This has provided important insight into how Schnitzer’s individual sustainability initiatives fit together on a larger scale.

The new standardised reporting structure has also been instrumental in tying Schnitzer’s sustainability initiatives into one cohesive sustainability strategy, guiding future work across various social, environment and economic aspects.

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“Quantis helped us develop our first complete GRI-referenced sustainability report. The team guided us in the development of the storyline and concept, ensuring we collected the necessary data points and metrics for a robust report. Finally they brought it all together in a visually engaging and readable document which has been widely used and shared both internally and among our stakeholders.”

Rob Ellsworth, Corporate Sustainability
Schnitzer Steel

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Puratos

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Building an effective water stewardship strategy with a robust, tailor-made assessment tool

Quantis developed a Water Risk Assessment tool for Puratos, which enables the company to monetize the risks at each operating site and will serve to inform the company’s water stewardship strategy.

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Challenge

Puratos is a Belgium-based  international group offering a range of innovative products to bakers, patissiers and chocolatiers.

A robust water sustainability strategy is one of the key pillars of the group’s vision to minimise its ecological footprint. To inform the development of this strategy and to set relevant context-based targets Puratos needed to identify and quantify water risks within its operations.

The company teamed up with Quantis to develop a tool that would enable it to better understand and explore these risks and define actions to address them.

Insights

Given the highly localized and shared nature of water challenges, effective water stewardship calls for context-specific solutions for addressing risks in a catchment area. Additionally, it requires the ability for businesses to draw a clear link between risk exposure and the potential associated costs of damage to the business.

It was therefore critical for Puratos that the water risk assessment tool be tailored to the company’s needs and based on solid water expertise and understanding of the complexities of a water stewardship journey.

Actions

Building upon established water risk assessment methodologies, Quantis developed a customised tool that allows Puratos to quantify, in financial terms, its water risks at all of its operating sites.

The tool uses a range of indicators that cover physical, reputational and regulatory risks, enabling Puratos to paint a comprehensive picture of each site’s exposure to water risks, as well as to make intra-site comparisons and  identify the main risk drivers.

By assigning a monetary value to each risk, the tool enables Puratos to better understand the associated business impacts, therefore enabling more effective decision-making.

Impact

The Water Risk Assessment tool is an important first step for Puratos in building an effective metrics-based water stewardship strategy that makes business sense. Identifying and quantifying water risks will be indispensable for the company in setting context-based water targets, prioritising actions to respond to risks and ultimately reducing its environmental footprint.

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“The Quantis team turned the complex topic of water risk assessment into an easy-to-use tool that is tailored to our specific needs. With the Water Risk Assessment Tool we can now easily and clearly identify and monitor risks at each of our sites and make more informed decisions backed by robust data.”

Matthias Vandemoortele, Environmental Analyst
Puratos

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Del Monte Foods, Inc.

Del Monte

Using the sustainability report as foundation for building brand credibility and creating social media buzz

Del Monte and Quantis teamed up to develop a visually engaging GRI-referenced sustainability report to share the company’s sustainability strategy, goals and progress. The report became the cornerstone of a larger communications strategy to build strong brand perception.

Del Monte

Challenge

Del Monte Foods, one of the largest producers of packaged vegetables, fruit and tomatoes in the US, has been working on sustainability initiatives along its supply chain and with communities and employees for many years. Until 2018, however, the company had never published a dedicated Sustainability Report.

After working with Quantis to conduct a materiality assessment and develop a sustainability strategy focusing on key material topics, Del Monte sought to share its strategy, goals and progress in a GRI-referenced sustainability report.

Insights

Ambitious sustainability strategies need strong communications strategies, and vice versa. Establishing a common verbal and visual language is an important step in achieving cohesiveness and ensuring that the sustainability strategy is adopted on a company-wide scale.

To strengthen Del Monte’s overall sustainability strategy, Quantis focused on four main pillars to enhance the understanding and communication of the key messages.

These four pillars aligned with Del Monte’s most material topics as well as its sustainability strategy, providing a platform for sharing the brands’ sustainability stories.

Actions

Quantis gathered a multi-disciplinary team including a graphic designer, editor, communications strategist and sustainability consultant to develop Del Monte Foods’ first complete GRI-referenced sustainability report.

Together, Quantis and Del Monte designed a series of infographics to illustrate key elements of the sustainability story as well as share bite-size messages on the Del Monte Foods website and social media channels.

Quantis also developed a report launch plan and press release to ensure the report received the attention it deserved from media and key audiences such as growers, partners and investors.

Impact

Through the combined efforts of  Del Monte Foods, its public relations firm and Quantis, the report received over 200 placements and 62 million impressions.

The report also set a new visual standard upon which the website and other communications will be based.

Lessons Learned 

It is never too late to develop your sustainability strategy and share your story with stakeholders. In fact, by sharing true stories about environmental initiatives, companies can build strong, credible brand perception and generate buy-in. To effectively engage stakeholders, companies must be strategic about how they communicate, using an audience-specific approach and a range of communications channels and tactics that are visually engaging.

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“Quantis possesses a unique blend of providing both communications and sustainability strategy expertise and vision to our report and strategy. This combination proved to be invaluable in curating and enhancing our report’s design and content while considering our current and future sustainability evolution.”

Robin Connell, Sr. Manager, Corporate Communications and Sustainability
Del Monte Foods, Inc.

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Lenovo

Lenovo

Streamlining product carbon footprinting + driving sector-wide transformation in ICT through PAIA

PAIA: A sector-driven tool to drive transformation in ICT

Lenovo needed an efficient and credible way to calculate its products’ footprints. To meet this need, it joined the Product Attribute to Impact Algorithm (PAIA) project, an ICT sector-wide pre-competitive collaboration led by Quantis and MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) to streamline footprinting for ICT products.

Lenovo

Challenge

Lenovo is one of the largest Information and Communications Technology (ICT) companies worldwide. It produces a range of products including, among others, computers, smartphones, and servers.

The company has established a comprehensive climate change strategy to drive GHG emissions reductions across strategic areas of impact.

It wanted to better understand its impacts and credibly disclose environmental information about its products. Yet, product carbon footprinting is effort-intensive for ICT products given the long supply chain and rapid product change-over.

Lenovo needed an efficient and credible way to calculate its products’ footprints. To meet this need, it joined the Product Attribute to Impact Algorithm (PAIA) project, an ICT sector-wide pre-competitive collaboration led by Quantis and MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) to streamline footprinting for ICT products.

Insights

Environmental footprints for ICT products present unique challenges because:

  • ICT companies have long and complex value chains, often across different geographies;
  • product portfolios tend to be diverse and evolve rapidly; and
  • multiple methodologies exist to calculate product footprints.

To address these challenges, Quantis and MIT developed PAIA, an easy-to-use online platform that allows companies to significantly reduce the time and cost of environmental impact calculations. PAIA delivers:

  • a streamlined methodology for ICT product footprinting,
  • a suite of simplified online tools, and
  • a multi-stakeholder initiative of ICT companies that share insights and best practices

To learn more about PAIA, click here.

Actions

Lenovo joined PAIA and began using its tools to calculate the carbon footprint of its desktop, notebook, display, table, All-in-One, thin client, server, and network switch products.

As a PAIA project member, Lenovo also participated in the EU ICT footprint pilot tests. This EU project assesses the compatibility of methodologies for the measurement of the energy consumption and carbon emissions arising from the lifecycle of ICT products.

Impact

Using PAIA to calculate product footprints has significantly reduced the time and cost of environmental footprinting.

The data derived from PAIA tools allows Lenovo to report credibly on its sustainability programs.

The company shares these results with enterprise customers and publishes them publicly on Lenovo Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) Information Sheets.

By participating in PAIA, Lenovo is helping to drive a sector-wide streamlined methodology that will be key to transforming ICT companies into sustainable businesses.

Next steps

PAIA is not only a tool, but also a platform for collaboration between companies, academic experts and other third parties to find better solutions for product environment footprinting. Lenovo looks forward to continuing collaboration through PAIA to develop streamlined methodologies and implement industry best practices.

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"At Lenovo, we have a large number of monitor, notebook, desktop and other IT product launches each year. The PAIA tools have helped us more efficiently calculate product carbon footprints for a wide range of products and configurations. The quality and accuracy of the calculations allow us to confidently communicate this information with customers and other stakeholders."

Sona Stenclova, Advisory Engineer, Global Environmental Affairs
Lenovo

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ARLA FOODS

Developing an engaging story for Arla’s environmental sustainability strategy through a digital+print brochure delivered digitally + an illustrated, animated video.

As an international cooperative and one of the world’s leading producers of dairy products, Arla Foods understands the importance of operating sustainably, using its power and resources to drive positive change. Having worked with Quantis on setting science-based targets for reducing the company’s greenhouse gas emissions, Arla set out to communicate its environmental strategy (Green Ambition) to its farmer owners and key stakeholders

Objectives 

Introduce Arla’s new environmental strategy (Green Ambition 2050) in a clear and compelling way • Tell the story on why the cooperative must adopt a clear and bold strategy on environmental sustainability • Explain the goals and how Arla intends to achieve them

Audience 

Cooperative farmer owners, internal audiences, key external stakeholders

Quantis’ Solutions  

  • Development of an engaging story for Arla’s environmental sustainability strategy
  • A brochure delivered digitally and in print format communicating the sustainability strategy and using the specially developed iconic language
  • An illustrated, animated video with voice-over produced to further engage farmers and other stakeholders with Arla’s Green Ambition

Watch Arla’s Green Ambition video

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“Having guided us on setting Science Based Targets, Quantis also supported us in communicating our green ambitions in a clear and compelling way, helping us get buyin across the organization and approval from our farmer owners. Quantis has high scientific competence and has been engaging, understanding and considerate of our needs.”

Anna Flysjö, PhD Life Cycle Sustainability Manager  
ARLA FOODS 

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Solvay

Expert review of LCIA methodologies and impact indicators.

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Solvay is among leading producers of advanced materials and specialty chemicals. The company uses Sustainable Portfolio Management (SPM) — its proprietary decision-making tool — to steer the business toward sustainable solutions with the ultimate goal of minimizing the environmental impacts of its production processes and maximizing positive contribution to society at large. As part of continuous improvement of the SPM tool, Solvay revised the Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA) methods used in their products’ manufacturing footprint assessments. Quantis was commissioned to provide an independent expert review of the revised LCIA methodologies.

Objectives

Improve the relevancy and reliability of eco-profile assessment methodologies used to evaluate Solvay’s product manufacturing footprints by aligning the SPM tool with the best and latest science; • Support Solvay’s sustainability leadership position by maintaining scientific robustness of SPM.

Quantis’ Solutions

Critically review Solvay’s proposed updates to the LCIA indicators and methodologies

Provide clear recommendations for methodology improvements, ensuring:

  • Indicators cover the full range of environmental impacts
  • Methodologies chosen are scientifically relevant, recognised and applicable.

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"At Solvay, SPM is key for integrating sustainability into our decisions. We trusted Quantis’ expertise and experience in developing and applying LCIA indicators and methodologies to help us maximise the relevance and robustness of the tool."

Alain Wathelet LCA, Expert
Solvay

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Canton de Vaud

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Inventaire cantonal des émissions de GES

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L’Etat de Vaud vise à établir une feuille de route cantonale pour le climat, livrant une vue d’ensemble des enjeux climatiques à l’échelle du territoire vaudois.

Le projet du Canton de Vaud comprend trois volets:

  • Suivre les émissions cantonales;
  • Définir les politiques publiques afin de réduire les émissions; et de
  • S’adapter aux conséquences des changements climatiques.

Les solutions de Quantis

Le Canton de Vaud a confié à Quantis le soin de réaliser l’inventaire des émissions de gaz à effet de serre (GES) émis sur le territoire cantonal.

  • Identification et documentation des données disponibles au niveau cantonal;
  • Alignement des choix méthodologiques avec l’inventaire national, adapté aux contraintes cantonales;
  • Réalisation de l’inventaire vaudois;
  • Recommandations pour faciliter la réactualisation de l’inventaire
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Résultats Clés

  • La méthodologie proposée permet de suivre les émissions d’un canton où d’une ville, et de mesurer l’efficacité des mesures prises.
  • L’approche territoriale aboutit à des émissions de 5.5 tonnes CO2-eq par habitant. Cette valeur serait plus que doublée par une approche de type empreinte carbone.
  • Les émissions liées au transport sont le premier poste d’émissions (40%), suivie par les combustibles (35%). Agriculture et procédés industriels sont des contributeurs
    secondaires.
  • Plafonner les émissions à 1 tonne CO2-eq par personne est nécessaire pour atteindre les objectifs de l’Accord de Paris.
  • Les analyses et recommandations de Quantis, fournies sous forme d’outil de suivi et de rapport détaillé, sont donc une base nécessaire pour la réalisation du Plan Climat Vaudois, qui renforce sa légitimité en permettant de saisir l’ampleur de l’action nécessaire.

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"L'analyse exhaustive et les recommandations émises par Quantis sont indispensables à la documentation et l'évaluation notre stratégie climatique."

Clive Muller, Chef de division Air, climat et risques technologogique
Canton de Vaud

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NewPack

Quantis’ role in the NEWPACK project is to provide expertise and guidance on the environmental performance of packaging materials through life cycle assessment.

Current food packaging systems are associated with significant negative environmental impacts such as plastic pollution and resource depletion. A Horizon 2020 project, NEWPACK draws together expertise in the food packaging and biomaterial sectors to address these issues. Namely, it aims to develop two novel biobased packaging materials with improved environmental performance and compatible with circular economy principles.

Project Objectives 

  • Produce and validate two novel bio-plastic films for food packaging applications, based on blends of biodegradable polymers (PHA-PLA)
  • Demonstrate opportunities for the creation of a circular economy value chain in manufacturing biodegradable bio-plastic films made from agro-food waste
  • Extend food shelf life and reduce the associated carbon footprint by at least 10% compared to petroleum-based alternatives, through the use of natural additives and advanced chemical methods in film production

Quantis’ Solutions

  • Inform and guide the design of NEWPACK products towards sustainable and environmentally sound solutions, by conducting comprehensive environmental performance assessments
  • Conduct a Life Cycle Assessment of NEWPACK’s new bio-plastic solutions to evaluate environmental impacts and performance, including their potential to reduce food waste by improving shelf life through the integration of natural extracts with antioxidants and antimicrobial agents into the new packaging
  • Compare the novel bio-based materials with conventional plastic films for selected food applications

NEWPACK: A multi-sectorial international consortium

Quantis’ role in the NEWPACK project is to provide expertise and guidance on the environmental performance of packaging materials through life cycle assessment.

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“Driving sustainability is at the very core of NEWPACK’s vision. Through close collaboration with experts from the industry and academia and the use of sound research methods, the project consortium aims to deliver a new generation of high-quality bio-plastics that will present a viable and sustainable alternative to petrochemical-based packaging.”

Niina Halonen, Project Coodinator 
University of UOULU

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Danone

In this business case, Quantis and Danone share the journey to set bold GHG reduction targets in line with the 2˚C global warming limit.

At Quantis, we like to share what we know and for over a decade, we’ve worked with forward-thinking organizations around the world to define, shape and implement intelligent sustainability strategies and actions. We do this by delivering robust metrics, useful tools and credible communications.

And this is the journey we’ve taken with Danone, a longstanding partner committed to driving change through its business to lead the Food Revolution.

Danone believes in the robustness of metrics to drive its efforts to decarbonize its business and to help the company make effective and meaningful decisions about where the most impactful reductions can be levied. With Quantis as a compass, the global food company is aligning its course with a 2°C global warming limit using science-based carbon targets to put its business and brands on the right path to mitigating climate change.

This business case walks you through the journey of how we worked together to commit, set and deploy Science-Based Targets.

science based targets with danone and Quantis

Bel – Leerdammer

Using metrics to tell the story of packaging improvements to two different audiences: customers and consumers.

Bel Group’s brand Leerdammer, the second largest global sliced cheese brand, has been working for several years on making their packaging more sustainable. As part of this effort, the R&D team has worked to reduce the amount of plastic used, use more post-recycled PET, and make the packaging fully recyclable.

Objective

  • Provide a clear example of the progress Bel is making on its sustainability journey and specifically on packaging eco-design work.
  • Raise awareness on the environmental impacts of packaging and the benefits of circular design, including resources saved and waste reduction.
  • Reinforce a positive brand perception of Leerdammer.

Audiences

  • For Infographic A: Customers (retailers) and other professional stakeholders
  • For Infographic B: Consumers and brand teams

Quantis’ Solutions

  • Transform a technical report and scientific findings into a meaningful, relevant topline communication, using equivalencies and design to bring it to life.
  • Lead the creative development process by aligning the creative brief with project objectives and target audience needs.
  • Develop two infographics to share Leerdammer’s sustainable packaging story and environmental benefits of eco-designed packaging with different audiences.

Leerdammer infographics

Inforgraphic A

Infographic B

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“Quantis helped us build robust data on the sustainable performance of the new Leerdammer recyclable packaging and then translate that into relevant messages for our consumers. It's always a pleasure to work with this team!”

Simon Bonnet, Sustainable Brands Transformation Manager 
Bel Group

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Tillamook

Develop an overarching Stewardship Charter that defines sustainability at Tillamook and establishes a governance structure.

Challenge 

  • Develop an overarching Stewardship Charter that defines sustainability at Tillamook and establishes a governance structure
  • Frame the Charter such that it enables subsequent policies to address specific material aspects at Tillamook

Quantis Action

  • Leverage key learnings from Tillamook’s materiality assessment to develop a draft Stewardship Charter
  • Hold a workshop with key internal stakeholders to improve and refine the draft Charter
  • Solicit feedback on the draft Charter from external stakeholders who have experience developing and applying sustainability frameworks
  • Present the Charter to the Board of Directors and finalize it with the Board’s insights

Value of Stakeholder Engagement 

Involving company leadership early in the drafting process ensures the framework aligns with the company mission, vision and values

Engaging external stakeholders provides assurance that the Charter clearly and effectively outlines a company-wide approach to sustainability

Client’s Actions 

  • Established a Stewardship Charter that defines Tillamook’s vision and framework
  • Launched development and enhancement of Stewardship policies for specific dimensions of the Charter
  • Generated support from key stakeholders for the Charter

Charter Components

Tillamook’s Stewardship Charter outlines what sustainability means for the organization. It serves as the backdrop for decision-making and facilitates a consistent approach to sustainability across the business.

Defining Stewardship 

Tillamook focused on its six key stakeholders and set commitments that work to uphold shared values. These commitments frame its definition of Stewardship:

  • Thriving farms
  • Healthful cows
  • Product excellence
  • Sustained natural resources
  • Fulfilled employees
  • Enriched communities

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“Our Stewardship Charter has been an important tool as we continue to build out our Stewardship Management System. Working with Quantis, we converted the outcomes of our materiality assessment into an actionable strategy supported by critical stakeholders.”

Sarah Beaubien Sr, DIR Stewardship
Tillamook

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RUSAL

Calculation and communication about RUSAL’s Sustainable Aluminum.

Objectives

To produce a robust calculation of its corporate footprint as well as the GHG emissions of its product in order to be able to:

  • Set the baseline for targets
  • Compare itself with world industry averages

Demonstrate the sustainability advantage of RUSAL’s aluminum (RUSAL produces over 90% of its aluminum using hydro-electric power)

Quantis’ Solutions

  • Quantis calculated both the corporate carbon footprint and individual product footprints of RUSAL’s aluminum production
  • Quantis developed a brochure illustrating the sustainability advantages of RUSAL’s aluminum, which is the result of the use of hydropower during manufacturing and the sustainable qualities of aluminum in general, including recyclability and durability
  • The brochure provides insights on how RUSAL’s aluminum can be used to obtain additional points for three sustainable building certificates: LEED, BREEAM and DGNB

Translating metrics into credible communications 

Deliverable 

A 16-page brochure (printed & PDF)

Purpose

Present the sustainability benefits of RUSAL’s aluminum, which include:

  • Obtaining additional points in certified building project schemes
  • The unique benefits of RUSAL, which uses hydropower for most of its operations

Metrics Used

  • Results from Life Cycle Assessment of RUSAL aluminum smelters
  • Environmental building considerations

Audience

  • Customers
  • Key corporate stakeholders and partners
  • Investors

Calculation and communication about RUSAL’s Sustainable Aluminum

“Quantis’ team and expertise were really impactful in building a strong fact base and translating these results into credible communications. This led to the launch of a new product brand ALLOW, for low CO2 aluminum. With the help of Quantis, we have been able to break new grounds toward the low carbon economy.”

Jérôme Lucaes, Director Marketing & Sustainability 
RUSAL

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Coop

Environmental Comparison of End-of-Life Options for Cotton T-Shirts

Objective

  • Coop wants to understand the environmental impacts and benefits of different end-of-life options of a cotton t-shirt.
  • The impacts should be compared to the overall lifecycle impact of producing a t-shirt.
  • The ultimate goal is to identify efficient ways to close the loop in the apparel sector

Quantis Solution

Quantis used Swiss primary data from the project collaboration partners TEXAID, Soex and Telltex to compare four different end-oflife options for a t-shirt:

Results

  1. Compared to the overall impact of the lifecycle of a t-shirt, the production and use phases have the most significant environmental impact. The end-of-life impacts (see graph on the top, e.g. Collection & Transports and Sorting & Recycling for the re-wear option) are negligible.
  2. The biggest positive impact of the different endof-life options are re-wear (due to the decreased production of new products) followed by down-cycling to wipers or insulation

Key Findings

  • The positive effects of substitution of materials depend on the environmental impact of the substituted virgin materials. End-of-life measures can replace high-quality products and resources.
  • Incineration and composting of cotton t-shirts are the end-of-life options with the heaviest environmental burden and should be avoided.
  • Textiles transport and end-of-life processing, such as fiber recycling, wipers cutting and clothes cleaning have a low contribution to the entire lifecycle of the t-shirt (below 2% of CO2e emissions)

Client’s Actions

  • Metrics-based proof points for selecting and justifying different end-of-life options
  • Using results for client communications

Environmental Comparison of End-of-Life Options for Cotton T-Shirts

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ALD Automotive

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Green Bond on an vehicle fleet.

Objectives

  • ALD Automotive has set up a Green Bond Framework to finance (or refinance) a fleet of eligible vehicles.
  • Their fleet includes : Electric Vehicles (EV), Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles (PHEV) & Hybrid Vehicles (HEV), operated in 22 countries, worldwide.
  • In this context, the objectives for ALD Automotive were to be able to:
    • demonstrate the environmental impacts savings of the eligible vehicle fleet for its Green Bond issuance,
    • and assess autonomously the environmental impacts of the eligible vehicle fleet for its yearly CSR reporting.
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Quantis’ Solution

  • Quantis developed a robust methodology for assessing vehicle fleets’ environmental impacts.
  • Quantis developed a tailor-made tool adapted to ALD Automotive’s needs.
  • Quantis’ expertise on vehicles’ Life Cycle Assessment provided valuable insights on understanding environmental impacts.

Sound metrics for a successful bond issuance 

Key Results

  • A robust and transparent methodology based on state-of-the-art guidelines and environmental databases
    • Positive impact bond framework
  • A tool that allows the definition of Green Fleet (selection by fuel type, country, segment)

ALD Automotive’s actions

  • European roadshow with a positive reception by sustainable investors
    • Positive impact bond presentation
  • Successful issuance of positive impact 500MEuros bond to finance green fleet (14K+ vehicles) on October 5th, 2018

Areas of expertise

Sector

  • Finance

“Throughout the process, the Quantis team understood our needs, showed a high degree of flexibility and delivered according to plans. The tool gave us robust metrics assessing life-cycle impact of our fleet across many technologies and geographies. It strongly supported the rationale behind the bond emission and will open the way to a broader internal usage”

Stéphane Renie, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility 
ADL Automobiles 

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Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health

Eco-Design Initiatives: Leveraging Metrics, Communication & Engagement for Success

The Company’s Needs 

  • Evaluate the environmental and social performance of a new packaging design for a flagship product
  • Define sustainability criteria for product portfolio to identify best performing products and areas for improvement
  • Raise awareness of eco-design among the group’s employees
  • Increase products’ value by integrating eco-design for future development
  • Communicate on sustainability improvements

Quantis’ Solutions

  • Develop the Sustainability Assessment Tool (SAT), enabling product assessment based on both environmental and social criteria
  • Perform a life cycle assessment of the Avinew NeO packaging and design communications about its environmental improvements
  • Organize eco-design training workshops, targeting a wide range of employee profiles: EHS+S, R&D, Innovation, Marketing, Operations, Procurement, etc.
  • Assess environmental and social impacts of several products across the value chain and identify eco-design solutions

Initiating the Group’s Eco-Design Strategy

1. Avinew NeO was the first product pack that featured environmental improvements. This prompted efforts to raise awareness on eco-design among stakeholders. Specific communications were disseminated internally and externally via training sessions, leaflets, videos, conference presentations as well as a business game.

2. Between 2016 and 2018, 117 employees attended 6 eco-design training sessions led by Quantis in France and the US and 4 products were assessed leading to 64 improvement ideas and 7 project launches. 3.

In addition, 100 employees attended 2 webinars: one on eco-design and the other on responsible marketing and communications.

Key Learnings 

  • Implementing eco-design improved the environmental performance of the packaging of a flagship product.
  • Eco-design training can support internal communication by accelerating brainstorming and the cross-pollination of best practices.
  • It is valuable to find ways to integrate eco-design into innovation and product & process development.

Client Actions

  • The Sustainability Assessment Tool is now being further enhanced and used as a pre-screening tool to evaluate the Animal Health Business Unit’s products.
  • Eco-design improvement actions identified in workshops and trainings were shared with management teams. This helped pinpoint further products as candidates for an eco-design process. Trainings also generated awareness for more employees to become members of the volunteer CSR Ambassador Network.

Areas of expertise

Sector

"Implementing an ecodesign culture starts with developing skills and running successful pilots. Together with Quantis, we were able to bring meaningful values to the company, the employees, as well as positive impacts to the environment."

Carole Nevrinck, Global Lead Sustainability Development 
Boehringer Ingelheim

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Sycomore

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Introducing Net Environmental Contribution metrics and Applying NEC metrics to food products

Objectives

  • Develop metrics to identify new opportunities aligned with Sycomore AM’s responsible investment values and assess environmental impact at portfolio level.
  • Develop methodological frameworks to evaluate companies in terms of their energy and ecological transition across 6 industrial sectors (food, textiles, cosmetics, domestic appliances, etc…).
  • Adopt a multicriteria approach, assessing businesses’ most material lifecycle impacts.
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Quantis Solutions

  • Identify sectors’ key environmental hotspots across their entire value chain.
  • Benchmark sectoral disclosures to build a metric-based approach.
  • Develop a scoring methodology ranging between -100% and 100%.
  • Apply scores to companies within Sycomore AM’s Investment Universe and European indexes

Applying NEC metrics to food products

To assess the impact of food products per functional unit, the different “services” they provide must be considered separately. As a result, an average environmental footprint per type of nutrient was defined and compared to product footprint and nutritional value.

The resulting scores are then applied to a company’s revenue breakdown per product type, to determine whether it provides “environmentally efficient” sources of nutrients.

Key Findings

Across different sectors, different metrics can be used to assess a company’s most material environmental impacts. Companies can be ranked according to the nature of their activities and the resulting risks, for Sycomore AM to establish best practice, beyond the requirements listed in Article 173 of the French law on Energy Transition and Green Growth.

Client Actions

The methodology was applied to all relevant companies in the Investment Universe. The NEC indicator is now a new parameter in Sycomore AM’s portfolio management. The methodology is opensourced, to facilitate peer discussions and promote responsible investment.

Areas of expertise

Sector

  • Finance

“ We are building a metrics-based environmental assessment methodology, to advocate for more transparency in the financial sector. Quantis’ work is fully aligned with this approach”

Jean-Guillaume Péladan, Head of Environmental Investments + Research
Sycomore AM

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ADEME

One of the first publicly available LCA-based comparisons of biosourced and petroleum-based products.

One of the first publicly available LCA-based comparisons of biosourced and petroleum-based products

Objectives

  • Compare the environmental performance of biosourced and 100% petroleum-based private vehicle panels.
  • Identify potential actions plans to enhance the environmental performance of biobased composites across the value chain.
  • Share recent and robust datasets on the production of French hemp and flax, to support future studies.

Quantis Solutions

  • Leverage Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and eco-conception expertise to ensure robust results.
  • Carry out uncertainty and sensitivity analyses to back conclusions.
  • Partner with Fibres Recherche Développement (FRD) and Ecotechnilin to streamline data collection from producers and industrial partners.
  • Mobilize key sector players throughout the study, to study possible product improvements.
  • Develop robust LCA datasets aligned with the latest methodological standards.

Key results

Biosourced panels have a better environmental performance than their petroleum-based alternatives in terms of:

    • Climate change (-23 %)
    • Photochemical ozone formation (-20 %)
    • Cumulative Energy Demand (-18 %)
    • Non renewable energy use (-21 %)

Biosourced panels were however found to transfer their environmental impacts onto land use (+70%).

Biobased sector leaders were invited to collaborate on improving their products’ environmental footprint.

Client action plan

  • New hemp and flax datasets were included in the Agribalyse® database.
  • LCA results were published online, to raise public awareness and support a sector-wide effort to improve biobased products.

Areas of expertise

Sector

"This comprehensive life cycle study enabled a concerted reflection on the topic of bio-sourced products with a view to facilitate their evolution and continuous improvement.”

Alice Gueudet, Bioresources department
ADEME

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Evonik

Life cycle management training workshop Evonik.

Objectives

Develop a Sustainability Training Workshop for Evonik Nutrition & Care GmbH:

  • Engage employees in sustainability topics and Life Cycle Management using a non-traditional format.
  • Explore employees’ level of understanding of Life Cycle Thinking and environmental topics related to Evonik’s business.
  • Identify the requirements on sustainability topics and LCA.
  • Understand participant’s knowledge about products and services of Evonik Animal Nutrition in combination with sustainability related issues.

Quantis’ Solution

  • Customizing the Quantis Life Cycle Perception Board Game for a selected LCA study
  • Based on the customized game develop an entire workshop concept in close cooperation with an internal Evonik project team.
  • Facilitating a testing session of the workshop and providing a comprehensive instruction manual for the workshop.
  • Create a business case for Life Cycle Management by allocation of Evonik Animal Nutrition Services to Life Cycle Stages allowing for addressing specific clients needs.

Response from workshop participants

  • “I got a good overview on life cycle assessments. I really enjoyed the transfer exercises!”
  • “The contribution of the impact categories on life cycle stages was an eye opener for me, I was astonished about the impacts.”
  • “I liked the format! It keeps one interested and motivated.”

Client’s actions

The workshop module will be used in Evonik Sales Training. Life Cycle Perception Game will support and guide customer activities on sustainability.

The workshop allowed participants to:

  • Speak a common language when discussing sustainability and environmental performance.
  • Get insight into how Evonik identifies environmental hot spots in a product’s value chain.
  • Identify key questions to consider when talking to customers about Evonik’s products and services.
  • Promote and use Evonik-related sustainability tools and services and understand the broader concepts which are behind them.

Areas of expertise

Sector

“The developed workshop together with the Life Cycle Perception Game supports us in improving the know-how of our sales colleagues. Our organization is getting a kick-start in diving into the topics of Life Cycle Thinking and Life Cycle Management.”

Viktoria Scherer, Manager Sustainability Development 
Evonik Nutrition & Care GmbH

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Danone

PETER - Danone’s web-based packaging ecodesign tool.

Danone is committed to improve the sustainability performance of its packaging.

Danone wants to empower sustainable design decisions by empowering their Packaging Designers with an ecodesign tool:

  • Offering a user-friendly interface that uses packaging-specific language
  • Based on indicators developed by the best science of sustainability
  • Fostering collective thinking and best practice sharing

Quantis’ solutions

  • Developed a customized webbased collaborative platform, available to 250+ packaging designers
  • Conducted sustainability assessments of packaging solutions with robust metrics including carbon and water footprints and recyclability
  • Compared different packaging options and defined solutions for improvement
  • Engaged uses with training workshops and a dynamic communication kit (leaflet, poster, video)

Areas of expertise

Sector

“Quantis strongly supported us to ensure a robust assessment tool for our packaging Ecodesign process. Towards sustainable packaging!”

Benoit Piette, Packaging Technology Manager 
Nature Danone 

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TOTAL

Development of the Water Reuse Assessment Tool: a multi-criteria tool to support decision making for water reuse in a systematic and context-based approach

  • In the current water-crisis context, water reuse projects are increasing priority for Total
  • Decisions to invest in such reuse technologies are historically driven by economic profitability
  • Other drivers such as water risks, environmental and social impacts could justify water reuse and should be considered while assessing a potential project

Quantis’ Solutions

  • Benchmark of water sustainability metrics
  • Expert advice, recommendations and workshops to assess and select most relevant indicators
  • Development of the Water Reuse Assessment Tool: a multi-criteria tool to support decision making for water reuse in a systematic and context-based approach

The Water Reuse Assessment Tool addresses the following questions:

  • Is the water reuse solution economically profitable?
  • Are there any physical, regulatory or reputational water-related risks? Does the water reuse project allow mitigating them?
  • Does water reuse reduce or increase the environmental footprint?
  • Does water reuse generate positive or negative social impacts?
  • What is the performance of alternative water reuse solutions compared to the current solution?

Key Findings 

Developing such science-based assessment methods for prioritizing investment decisions allows Total to evaluate the actual benefit of water reuse considering all sustainability dimensions.

Regarding the environmental, water risk and social aspects, the tools permits Total to move from empirical and perception-based decisions to quantified-based decisions

Areas of expertise

Sector

“This interactive and multi-criteria approach enabled Total to select the most promising water reuse solution and to eliminate those that are not.”

Matthieu Jacob, Water Treatment Specialist 
Total

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