21 Oct 2016
Quantis is excited to officially release our special report, “Beauty Faces Up to Sustainability”. In this report, we take a look at the top trends and challenges companies are facing today in the beauty industry to become an agent of change in sustainability.
With sales of beauty products expected to rise 6% to $675bn by 2020, cosmetics and personal care companies must prepare to transition to the new global economy. Creating resilient, sustainable business models - based on relevant metrics - is key to ensuring your business survives in a resource constrained world.
Our goal for the report was to draw upon our expertise in this sector to deliver examples of trends, actions and best practices to be used as a guide for the next step in your sustainability strategy. In the report, Quantis takes a look at the top environmental sustainability issues impacting global cosmetics and personal care companies:
Material Issues and Brand Risk
Packaging - Product Labelling - Toxicity
Water Risks - Sustainable Procurement
Designing for the Circular Economy
Valuing Natural Capital
For more information about the report or to learn how Quantis helps brands in the cosmetic and personal care industry to perform sustainability, please contact Annabelle Stamm.
21 Oct 2016
Quantis a le plaisir d’annoncer la publication officielle du rapport “Beauty Faces Up to Sustainability”. Dans ce rapport, Quantis montre les tendances et les défis des entreprises du secteur de la cosmétique oeuvrant déjà pour le développement durable. Avec une augmentation des ventes prévue de 6% à l’horizon 2020, les entreprises de cosmétiques et de soins personnels doivent se préparer pour la transition vers la nouvelle économie. Créer des business models résilients enclin au développement durable - et basés sur des métriques pertinentes - est clé pour évoluer dans un monde aux ressources limitées.
Notre objectif avec ce rapport est de révéler au travers de notre expertise du secteur, des exemples de tendances, actions, et bonnes pratiques. Il pourra vous servir de guide dans la mise en place de votre prochaine stratégie de développement durable. Avec ce rapport, Quantis porte un regard sur des problématiques environnementales majeures :
Problématique Matière et Risque Réputationnel
Conditionnement - Labellisation Produits
Risque Eau - Toxicité - Approvisionnement Durable
Science Based Targets - Conception et Économie Circulaire
Valorisation du Capital Naturel
Vous pouvez télécharger ce rapport librement. Pour plus d’informations ou pour apprendre comment Quantis aide les entreprises de la cosmétique à mettre en place leur développement durable, veuillez contacter Dimitri Caudrelier.
18 Oct 2016
What happens when you unite General Mills, LVMH, Mars, Rainforest Alliance and TSC and more with the experts at Quantis? You drive sustainable change.
Quantis and partners are excited to announce a new cross-sector initiative to tackle deforestation and climate change accounts. Organizations, both public and private, will join together to develop a Guidance on accounting for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from deforestation and other types of land use. This pre-competitive global initiative, convened by Quantis, aims to provide a methodological guide with credible references that companies can use to account for the climate change impacts of their efforts on sustainable forests and agriculture in an accurate and credible manner.
The initiatives partners already include Barry Callebaut, Ferrero, General Mills, Lenzing, L’Oreal, LVMH, Mars, Pirelli, Philip Morris International, Tetra Pak, and Yara as well as non-profits, governments, and academic institutions such as ADEME, C-AGG, CIRAD, Ecofys, Rainforest Alliance, South Pole Group, Textile Exchange, and The Sustainability Consortium.
Quantis’ Jon Dettling, Managing Director in the US and project lead, explains:
“Companies understand the need to reduce the impacts of their supply chains and are increasingly interested in communicating about their efforts. Credible metrics are critical for achieving both. A GHG accounting method that is conducive to corporate goal setting and supply chain management will allow companies to achieve progress and to communicate credibly on these efforts.”
The scientific community estimates that deforestation and impacts from land use account for over 20% of GHG emissions. With pressure to set science-based GHG targets as well as to establish deforestation-free supply chains, organizations realize the urgent need for guidance on how to include GHG emissions from deforestation in corporate GHG goals.
“Mars is excited to be part of this initiative - we believe better and more consistent quantification of GHG emissions from deforestation will help accelerate global efforts to reduce both deforestation and GHG emissions,“ says Kevin Rabinovitch, Global Sustainability Director, Mars, Incorporated.
18 Oct 2016
HUGO BOSS and Quantis work closely to measure the environmental impacts of the global fashion brands’ operations. This work has been put into a white paper that explains our collaborative work on the procedure and results of measuring these environmental impacts.
In order to measure the impact of its products on the environment, HUGO BOSS has been conducting Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) for a range of product categories – such as t-shirts, shirts and leather shoes - since 2009 . When applying LCAs as a basis for the calculation of environmental footprints, HUGO BOSS faced the same challenges as other companies in the apparel sector: The lack of data availability.
For this reason, HUGO BOSS, Quantis as well as other partners started to develop the online tool EcoLogTex, which allows the collection of supplier-specific production data and led to the systematization of LCAs. This allowed the measurement and management of the environmental Impacts of e.g. a cotton t-shirt along the lifecycle.
Extract of the White Paper: Environmental Impact of a cotton t-shirt and its supply chain
To learn more, read the full article on the research conducted by HUGO BOSS and Quantis.
The lack of data in the apparel industry and the will to overcome it also led to the foundation of the World Apparel and Footwear LCA Database (WALDB) by Quantis and founding partner HUGO BOSS amongst others. WALDB is a global initiative to provide a solid database for environmental impact assessment and footprinting in the fashion industry. For more information on WALDB,please see the recent press release.
7 Oct 2016
Quantis is pleased to announce that World Apparel & Footwear Lifecycle Assessment Database (WALDB) has gained two new partners: the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and Austrian fiber company Lenzing. WALDB, founded by Quantis, is a global initiative to provide a solid database for environmental impact assessment and footprinting in the fashion industry.
SAC and Lenzing join founding partners HUGO BOSS, Legero/Think! Shoes, the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) and BSD Consulting which form a pre-competitive consortium with the goal to set an industry wide and recognized standard for lifecycle assessment (LCA) and footprinting in the apparel industry.
The WALDB partners work together to collect comprehensive datasets which are released annually. The first release took place in July 2016 and consists of 60 datasets which cover wool, cotton, and leather supply chains for shirts, pullover, trousers and shoes. The datasets will continuously be expanded during the next two years according to the needs of the partners.
15 Sep 2016
Industry specific initiatives are on the rise. Accessibility and ease-of-use is key to any successful sector-wide project. The cement industry provides a good example of how coordination can improve program deployment and ultimately the environmental performance of organizations.
Global CSI EPD Tool available
The Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) commissioned Quantis to develop a user-friendly online tool for the preparation of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) of clinker, cement, concrete, lime and plaster. Having a cloud-based platform facilitates the process and reduces up to 50% the costs of preparing EDPs. The tool ensures consistency across industry reports because compliant with all key Product Category Rules (PCRs) for the industry. The CSI EPD Tool was the first officially pre-verified EPD tool as part of the International EPD® System.
"The CSI is supporting the publication of EPDs by member companies
as a way to stimulate and improve the environmental performance
of cement and concrete at company level but also globally."
- Philippe Fonta, Managing Director, Cement Sustainability Initiative
The CSI, part of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBSCD), is a global effort of 24 leading cement producers with operations in more than 100 countries. Collectively, these companies account for around 30% of the world's cement production and range in size from large multinationals to smaller local producers.
To date, the CSI remains one of the largest global sustainability programs ever undertaken by a single industry sector.
EPD Tool adapted for the US
The CSI EPD Tool is also now adapted to the U.S. context. The Portland Cement Association (PCA) and the CSI looked again to Quantis to develop a version of the tool that includes reference PCRs for cement and concrete specific to the U.S.
The Portland Cement Association (PCA) is a powerful and vocal advocate for sustainability, job creation, economic growth, infrastructure investment, and overall innovation and excellence in construction throughout the United States. Headquartered in Skokie, Illinois with offices in Washington, DC, PCA represents America's cement manufacturers.
6 Sep 2016
Am 25. September stimmt das Schweizer Volk über die Volksinitiative „Grüne Wirtschaft“ ab. Konkret fordert die Initiative, dass die Schweiz im Jahr 2050 nicht mehr Ressourcen als das Äquivalent einer Erde (heruntergerechnet auf die Bevölkerung der Schweiz) verbrauchen soll.
Um dieses Ziel zu erreichen, muss die Schweiz ihren Umweltfussabdruck um einen Faktor 3 reduzieren.
Quantis ist auf die Berechnung des Umweltfussabdrucks von Produkten und Dienstleistungen spezialisiert und unterstützt so Firmen und öffentliche Institutionen bei der zielgerichteten Definition und Implementation von Umweltstrategien. Im Auftrag des Wirtschaftsverbands Swisscleantech hat Quantis nun analysiert, wie sich der Umweltfussabdruck ausgewählter Alltagssituationen bis im Jahr 2050 reduzieren könnte. Ziel der Studie ist es eine konkrete Zahlenbasis zu liefern, um die öffentliche Diskussion zu den Auswirkungen dieser Initiative versachlichen zu helfen.
Hierfür wurden 3 Alltagssituationen (zuhause, bei der Arbeit und in der Freizeit) definiert und für die folgende Szenarien analysiert:
Die Ergebnisse dieser Quantis-Studie können hier heruntergeladen werden.
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29 Jun 2016
One of the biggest European sporting events is taking place right now. After the final whistle blows on July 10th, the UEFA EURO 2016 football championship will have been played out over 51 matches in 10 French cities. And where there’s such an increase in activity, there will also be in environmental impacts, especially when considering millions of fan travelling, the supply and purchasing of swag, as well as food and drinks at the venues.
UEFA took the potential environmental impacts seriously and committed to action. To change this trajectory, UEFA set out to encourage the positive and to reduce the tournament’s negative environmental, economical and social impacts. Quantis is proud to have been chosen by UEFA as a partner in this triple-bottom-line assessment and the “UEFA EURO 2016 Social Responsibility & Sustainability One-Year-to-Go Report 2015” publication management and edition. To learn more on this project read our previous news.
Carbon emission results to be released in September
The initial results of the environmental impact assessment of UEFA EURO 2016 revealed key impacts areas – or hot spots – where the biggest reductions can be made. These are most notably with the transportation of teams, staff, media and the spectators. Final and detailed results will be published within the post-event report to be released in September 2016.
Concrete actions on-site: Access & Biodiversity
By visiting the new Parc Olympique Lyonnais (Lyon Olympic Stadium) as UEFA EURO 2016 Sustainability Evaluator, Quantis’ Denis Bochatay already witnessed many good aspects in the 5 priorities of UEFA outlined in their report.
For example, the "Access for all" priority led to concrete actions even in the official UEFA EURO Fan Zones! In addition, another commitment was to create greater distances between the stadiums and the parking lots to encourage people to use public transportation. Denis reported back that the green parking zones around the Parc Olympique Lyonnais were almost empty because it was only available to limited mobility people.
Don't forget the contest!
In parallel to the UEFA EURO 2016 tournament, Quantis decided to engage the public on carbon issues with a special contest. Do you have an idea of how many CO2 emissions will be emitted during the tournament? You can win the official adidas UEFA EURO 2016 TM football by tweeting with #QuantisEUROcontest the closest estimation of the number of tons of CO2 eq measured during the tournament*. Quantis and UEFA are working on it and will publish the results in September.
*For the contest, we will consider only the CO2 emissions linked to the teams, officials, volunteers and spectators. Construction and renovation of the stadiums are not included.
29 Jun 2016
Einer der grössten europäischen Sport-Anlässe findet zurzeit statt. Nach dem Final am 10. Juli wird die UEFA-Fussball-Europameisterschaft 2016 über 51 Spiele in 10 französischen Städten ausgetragen haben. Und wo es eine solche Zunahme an Aktivitäten gibt, wird es auch eine Zunahme der ökologischen Auswirkungen haben, vor allem wenn man die Millionen anreisender Fans oder das verkaufte Essen und Trinken an den Veranstaltungsorten berücksichtigt.
Die UEFA nimmt das Potential der ökologischen Auswirkungen ernst und reagiert, in dem sie die negativen ökologischen, sozialen und wirtschaftlichen Auswirkungen reduzieren möchte. Quantis ist stolz, von der UEFA als Partner für dieses Tripple-Bottom-Line Assessment sowie für die inhaltliche Erstellung und das Design des Berichts „UEFA EURO 2016 Soziale Verantwortung und Nachhaltigkeit - Bericht ein Jahr vor Beginn des Turniers“ gewählt worden zu sein.
Definitive CO2-Emissionen im September veröffentlicht
Die ersten Resultate des ökologischen Impact Assessments der UEFA EURO 2016 zeigte Schlüssel-Hotspots auf bzw. wo die UEFA die grössten Reduktionen tätigen kann. Diese sind am grössten beim Transport der Teams, Mitarbeiter, Medien und der Zuschauer. Definitive und detaillierte Resultate werden im nachträglich zum Event durchgeführten Bericht veröffentlicht, der im September 2016 erscheinen wird.
Konkrete Massnahmen vor Ort: Zugang für alle und Biodiversität
Beim Besuch des neuen Lyon Olympic Stadions konnte Quantis‘ Denis Bochotay als UEFA EURO 2016 Nachhaltigkeits-Evaluator bereits viele gute Aspekte für die von der UEFA im Bericht definierten fünf Prioritäten sehen. Zum Beispiel führte die Priorität „Zugang für alle“ zu konkreten Massnahmen, sogar in den offiziellen UEFA EURO Fan-Zonen! Eine weitere Priorität ist, grössere Distanzen zwischen den Stadien und den Parkplätzen zu schaffen um damit Anreize zu setzen, den öffentlichen Verkehr zu benutzen. Denis berichtete, dass die Parking-Zonen um das Lyon Olympic Stadion beinahe leer waren, weil sie nur für Personen mit eingeschränkter Mobilität zur Verfügung standen. Quantis konnte auch einige Beispiele von Biodiversität innerhalb der Sicherheitszone des Stadions von Lyon finden.
Vergessen Sie nicht den Wettbewerb!
Parallel zur UEFA Fussball-EM hat Quantis beschlossen, die Öffentlichkeit mit einem speziellen Wettbewerb in das CO2-Thema einzubeziehen: Haben Sie eine Idee, wieviel CO2-Emissionen während der EM ausgestossen werden? Sie können den offiziellen Adidas UEFA EURO 2016 TM Fussball gewinnen, indem Sie die beste Schätzung der Anzahl Tonnen CO2 äq. via #QuantisEUROcontest twittern*. Quantis und UEFA arbeiten zusammen an den definitiven Ergebnissen und werden die Resultate im September veröffentlichen.
Für mehr Informationen, wie Quantis Unterstützung bei der Messung von Events wie RIO 2016, UEFA EURO 2016 oder FIA FormulaE bietet, kontaktieren Sie Denis Bochatay, unseren Experten für Sport-Anlässe.
*Für den Wettbewerb werden nur CO2-Emissionen im Zusammenhang mit den Teams, Mitarbeiter, Freiwillige und Zuschauer berücksichtigt. Das Erstellen und Renovieren von Stadien wird nicht betrachtet.
28 Jun 2016
Postal activities from the Universal Postal Union’s (UPU) member countries generated 62 billion tons of CO2 in 2014. To equip postal services around the world to be able to identify reduction levers, UPU partnered with Quantis to develop OSCAR.
OSCAR is the new Online Solution for Carbon Analysis and Reporting for the postal industry. OSCAR will enable the UPU’s 192 member countries and their postal agencies to measure and report greenhouse gas emissions and to identify mitigation opportunities.
The tool provides 20 key performance indicators, such as carbon emission per letter, per kilometre driven or per ton-kilometre transported by plane. Posts results can be compared to different operators within their geographical region and assess results against industry average.
Moreover, by using OSCAR postal agencies can benefit from:
OSCAR is fully available in 6 languages (English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Portuguese) on the OSCAR website.
22 May 2016
Michale Spielmann von Quantis Deutschland organisiert mit dem Deutschen Institut für Lebensmitteltechnik (DIL) den Workshop „Erfolg durch Nachhaltigkeit“ in der Lebensmittel-Industrie am 23. April im ICO InnovationsCentrum in Osnabrück.
Der Workshop behandelt aktuelle Branchen-Trends wie z.B. Circular Economy, bietet Fallstudien von führenden Unternehmen sowie zu nachhaltigen Produktionstechnologien und informiert die Teilnehmer über relevante gesetzliche Entwicklungen wie Single Market for Green Products (SMGP) oder Product Envrionmental Footprinting (PEF).
In moderierten Workshops haben die teilnehmenden Unternehmen die Möglichkeit eigene Fallstudien, Aktivitäten und Strategien vorzustellen und sich in Kleingruppen mit anderen Teilnehmern auszutauschen.
Weitere Informationen und Anmeldung finden Sie hier. Die Teilnahme ist kostenfrei.
Bei Fragen melden Sie sich bei Michael Spielmann, Geschäftsführer Quantis Deutschland,
Mobil: +49 (0) 172 156 96 09 oder per Email
3 May 2016
The lime and cement industry represents one of the most innovative and active sectors in regards to using technological breakthroughs for environmental assets! Quantis is pleased to be part of the LEILAC’s (Low Emissions Intensity Lime And Cement) 5-year project, which includes leading industrial, technology and research & development partners*. In the LEILAC consortium, Quantis will be leading the research on adapting environmental life cycle assessment (LCA) to measure the environmental performance of the identified technology and compare it to the performance of existing designs.
Cement is the primary ingredient in concrete, one of the most important materials in the built environment, providing foundations for most major structures. Cement is also a major contributor to CO2 emissions knowing that the cement industry alone accounts for up to 7% of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions while the lime sector has the highest CO2 intensity relative to turnover. Two-thirds of CO2 emissions from cement and lime production are generated through the breakdown of limestone into lime and CO2 in furnaces. That’s where technology can help!
Direct separation technology
LEILAC aims to apply and demonstrate a breakthrough technology that will enable Europe’s cement and lime industries to reduce their carbon footprint significantly. This technology is direct separation, where the CO2 from process emissions will be captured (unlike with the current technology, where they are mixed with fuel emissions and released into the air). This represents a significant global CO2 reduction potential knowing that two-thirds of CO2 emissions from cement and lime production are generated through the breakdown of limestone into lime and CO2 in furnaces. The pilot plant will be hosted by Heidelberg Cement at Lixhe in Belgium:
Heidelberg Cement's plant in Lixhe, Belgium.
*Calix, Heidelberg Cement, Cemex, Tarmac, Lhoist, Amec Foster Wheeler, ECN, Imperial College, PSE, Quantis, Carbon Trust
26 Apr 2016
Quantis not only knows how to measure environmental impacts, we also know how to effectively communicate the results! The AccorHotels environmental footprint report is just one recent example of the companies that are looking to Quantis to build their fact-based sustainability stories - others inlcude Nespresso and UEFA EURO2016.
AccorHotels, a global leader in the hotel industry, believes that robust environmental impact measurement is key to a better understanding of their activities and allows them to make sound decisions about how to render their operations more sustainable.
AccorHotels chose Quantis to perform its corporate footprint which provided a solid foundation for its strategic sustainablility planning. Based on the corporate footprint project, Quantis partnered with the group for the April 2016 report: “Planet 21 Acting for Positive Hospitality: AccorHotels Environmental Footprint”. In an effort to widely engage AccoHotels’ stakeholders, the report translates technical results into an intelligible and dynamic story.
Performing a robust footprint of a complex corporate
Quantis carried out a multi-indicator study by measuring the group’s carbon footprint, water consumption, impact on biodiversity but also marine and freshwater eutrophication and local water scarcity. This study has been performed on the value chain of the Group, which is active in 92 countries and counts some 190,000 employees and 3,900 hotels. The study allowed AccorHotels to understand and identify primary leverages. In the April 12th 2016’ press conference, AccorHotels has announced its new sustainable strategy for the coming years.
Translating metrics into stories
Providing results is not an ultimate goal. But crafting a dynamic, fact-based story around the number drives engagement. The report highlights and makes accessible complex results and provides strong engagement for AccoHotels stakeholders.
19 Apr 2016
Chez Quantis, nous savons mesurer mais pas seulement. Nous savons aussi communiquer des résultats ! Nous élaborons régulièrement des messages et outils de communication basés sur des chiffres avec de grands Groupes comme AccorHotels, mais aussi Nespresso ou l’UEFA EURO2016.
AccorHotels, acteur majeur du secteur de l’hôtellerie fait partie de ces grands Groupes qui s’efforcent de mieux mesurer pour comprendre et ainsi progresser vers une activité plus responsable. AccorHotels a fait confiance à Quantis pour réaliser l’empreinte environnementale de son activité pour soutenir la réflexion de sa nouvelle stratégie du développement durable. Sur les bases de cette étude, Quantis a été choisi comme partenaire pour la réalisation de son rapport, “Planet 21 Acting for Postitive Hospitality : L’empreinte environnementale de AccorHotels”. Un rapport qui vulgarise et dynamise des résultats techniques pour engager au mieux ses parties prenantes.
Une empreinte robuste d’une organisation complexe
Quantis a ainsi réalisé une étude multi-indicateur en intégrant l’empreinte carbone, les consommations d’eau, l’impact sur la biodiversité mais également l’eutrophisation marine, d’eau douce et en prenant en compte le stress hydrique locale. L’étude a été menée sur toute la chaîne de valeur du Groupe présent dans 92 pays et regroupant 190 000 collaborateurs et 3 900 hôtels. Cette étude a permis à AccoHotels de comprendre et d’identifier des leviers d’action prioritaires. Dans la conférence de presse du 12 avril 2016, AccorHotels a annoncé sa nouvelle stratégie Développement Durable pour les années à venir.
La traduction de données en messages
Fournir des résultats n’est pas une finalité. Inestimables pour piloter, ils sont également moteurs pour engager ! Quantis est fier d’avoir pu accompagner AccorHotels dans la valorisation de ses performances environnementales en participant à l’élaboration de son rapport environnementale. Ce rapport met en image des résultats complexes et permettra au Groupe d’engager des parties prenantes diverses.
Si vous souhaitez retenir l'essentiel en un coup d’oeil, ce rapport intègre des infographies concoctées par nos soins ! Vous pouvez également retrouver l’étude complète « l’empreinte environnementale de AccorHotels ». Pour en savoir plus sur ce projet ou sur notre expertise en communication responsable, contactez Dimitri Caudrelier, directeur général de Quantis France.
25 Mar 2016
Be part of the shift. Register for the webinar “Setting Our Sights On a Sustainable World: A Shift in Corporate Goal Setting” on April 5th 1pm ET, hosted by GreenBiz to dig deeper into the context goal setting. We will explore why traditional objective setting is no longer sufficient for a sustainable world as well as how companies are adapting their goal-setting approach with science-based goals perspective. Emmanuelle Aoustin and Jon Dettling will discuss these new framework and will be joined by Kevin Rabinovitch from Mars, Todd Brady from Intel, and Anders Bjorn from the Technical University of Denmark.
During the webinar, the panel will cover:
21 Feb 2016
The global food industry has taken great strides in tackling its environmental challenges. Quantis has been a privileged partner of its small and large actors to facilitate actions from measurement to communication & marketing.
In this Food Webinar Series, we bring you two sessions covering two important actions - destined for 2 key profiles:
Profile 1: Sustainability and/or Communication & Marketing Managers
A solid story: Tips from top food companies on how they communicate credibly on sustainability
April 15th, 2016 10:30 - 11:30am EST / 4:30 - 5:30pm CET REGISTER HERE
Join Quantis to learn how top food companies are communicating on these issues in a credible manner. You will see examples from leading brands and organizations including Nespresso, Alpro, and the Innovation Center for US Dairy and more.
Profile 2: LCA Practitioners
ALCIG: generating more consistent LCA for crops
Join one of the ALCIG Webinars and learn how the ALCIG tool can help you to perform more consistent Food LCA in less time.ALCIG web-based-tool enables users to generate robust LCI for crops that can be quickly imported into LCA software and to generate data for 34 types of crops in 37 different countries.
19 Feb 2016
Quantis was recently recognized as a Smart Innovator in the field of sustainability suppliers by independant research firm Verdantix. The report, Verdantix Smart Innovators: Product Stewardship Solutions, outlines the capacity of 36 different major suppliers, including Quantis, to deliver solutions for 15 different product stewardship goals.
The goal of the report is to help sustainability, environmental and product stewardship leaders to weed through the offers in the field and to guide these decision makers to find the solutions they need. Quantis was primarily recognized for our voluntary product stewardship services, including life cycle assessment and eco-design, as well as for our engagement and communications solutions.
“Quantis is innovative in our approach to product stewardship because we believe in transparent collaboration with our partners,” explains Lori Gustavus, Global Director of Communications & Marketing at Quantis. “We are proud to be recognized by Verdantix for thinking out-of-the-box and helping organizations implement change. The Life Cycle Perception business game featured in the report (see below) is just one example of how we meet challenges differently.”
Verdantix highlights how Quantis’ Life Cycle Perception Business Game is helping companies to engage all internal stakeholders involved in a product’s life, not just those that design it. The report says:
“This game, played by more than 12,000 people and adopted globally at firms such as Danone, is aimed at making product sustainability easier to understand for all stakeholders and driving firm-wide internal discussion around improvement and engagement. A deeper and more complete understanding of how LCAs work, and more importantly how they help the business as a whole, is critical when it comes to securing budgets from executives who may lack understanding on the technical reasoning behind the potential ROI on these projects.”
For more information or to request Verdantix Product Stewardship Solutions report click here.
21 Jan 2016
La filière biométhane prend de l’ampleur en France ! D’une seule unité de méthanisation injectant ce gaz vert dans le réseau de gaz naturel en 2011, nous sommes passés à 14 unités en 2015. Mais concrètement, comment chiffrer les gains réalisés ?
Une étude de GRDF, copilotée par Quantis et l’ADEME, se penche sur la question en évaluant les bénéfices de ce biogaz dans la lutte contre sur le réchauffement climatique.
Les résultats sont prometteurs, 751 000 tonnes de CO2 équivalent pourraient être évités chaque année en France en 2020 pour une quantité de biométhane évaluée à 4 TWh à cet horizon.
L’étude détaille les économies CO2-éq (g) réalisés, pour chaque kWh de biométhane produit, injecté et consommé, à horizon 2020 dans ces six filières :
22 Dec 2015
More than your clients’ or investors’ demands, assessing your businesses water risk relates to its resilience to continue to operate. It’s no wonder that the World Economic Forum ranked water as the top risk in the Global Risk Landscape 2015 report.
CDP partnered with Quantis for the “How to assess your business for substantive water risks” webinar, providing a step-by-step guide to the process and procedures companies should consider when undertaking comprehensive water risk assessment.
Quantis CEO Emmanuelle Aoustin, will enlighten you on how water risks needs to be properly managed, taking into account the local contexts all along the value chain and why collective intelligence in your company and using appropriate tools will ensure an efficient and quick start.
Please click here to listen to the full recording of the webinar.
21 Dec 2015
In this highly competitive space where commercial hand dryer buying decisions became more complicated and confusing regarding hygiene, financial cost, technology, functionality and environmental impact topics, Excel Dryer choose Quantis to conduct a Life Cycle Assessment study to get a concrete framework.
The study determined that when compared to traditional electric hand dryers and paper towels (virgin and 100 percent recycled content), Excel Dryer’s XLERATOR hand dryer reduces the Climate Changing Score (carbon footprint) of hand drying by 50 percent to 75 percent. Hand dryers can also become much more efficient when not using heat. The no-heat dryer system from Excel Dryer needs only 3 times less energy compared to XLERATOR models.
Financially important fact for investors: such devices are also profitable with 1/10th of a cent using per hand dried compared to 2 cents with paper towels. Traditional paper towels also include some hidden cost such as space for paper towel stock, repeated restocking time (staffing), trash can liners and waste removal.
Discover much more about hygiene and eco-conception dasesign in this GreenBiz article.
15 Dec 2015
En France, 3,27 milliards de couches jetables seraient vendus chaque année. Selon l’ADEME, les textiles sanitaires (couches, lingettes, serviette hygiéniques, mouchoirs) représentaient en 2007 plus de 8% des ordures ménagères. Afin de réduire les déchets, l’utilisation de couches lavables chez les particuliers, les crèches et maisons de retraite, semble être une bonne solution. Mais quelles sont les bonnes pratiques à promouvoir pour limiter l’empreinte environnementale de ces couches ? Quantis, en collaboration avec l’ADEME, s’est penché sur la question.
En réalisant l’Analyse de Cycle de Vie des couches lavables en fonction de plusieurs scénarios (selon les types de matériaux, modes de lavages et de séchage, gestions de la fin de vie), Quantis a permis de mettre en lumière les bonnes pratiques environnementales. Par exemple, utiliser un voile de protection 3 fois permet de réduire l’impact environnemental de 8 à 27 % par rapport à un usage unique. Réaliser un lavage en pleine charge permet également de réduire l’impact d’environ 4 à 18 % par rapport à un lavage en demi-charge. Ces résultats environnementaux ont été confrontés avec les performances sanitaires de chacune des pratiques.
Huit gestes prioritaires ont ainsi été sélectionnés et promulgués sur des fiches destinées aux particuliers et aux crèches ou autres établissements collectifs afin de promouvoir l’utilisation la plus responsable possible. Une calculatrice en libre accès a également été développée par Quantis afin de calculer et comparer soit même les impacts environnementaux de plusieurs scénarios. Testez-là, elle est très intuitive !
1 Dec 2015
Quantis und BSD Consulting haben im Auftrag des Bundesamts für Umwelt (BAFU) die Studie „Indirekte Treibhausgasemissionen“ zum aktuellen Stand des Scope 3-Reportings in der Schweiz erarbeitet. Dazu wurde die Treibhausgas-Berichterstattung von rund 120 Unternehmen analysiert und Empfehlungen für das BAFU sowie für Unternehmen abgegeben, die die Scope-3-Messung und -Berichterstattung besser verstehen möchten.
Die Studie zeigt, dass es in der Schweiz eine Zunahme der Anstrengungen bei der Messung und Berichterstattung von indirekten Treibhausgasemissionen gibt: Die Scope 3 Betrachtung bzw. die ganzheitliche Perspektive auf die Wertschöpfungskette nimmt nicht nur global, sondern auch in der Schweiz rasch zu. Die Mehrheit (57%) der über die Scope-3-Emissionen berichtenden Unternehmen repräsentieren börsenkotierte Unternehmen, vor allem aus der Finanz- und Chemie-Branche.
Das Executive Summary (auf Deutsch, Französisch & Englisch) sowie die gesamte Studie (auf Deutsch) sind öffentlich verfügbar. Für mehr Informationen zur Studie können Sie gerne Rainer Zah, den Geschäftsführer von Quantis Zürich kontaktieren.
Um mehr über die Messung und Berichterstattung von Scope 3 zu erfahren, besuchen Sie die Seite des Scope 3 Evaluator Tools. Das Tool wurde von Quantis und dem GHG Protocol entwickelt, womit Sie kostenlos ein Screening Ihrer Scope 3 Emissionen durchführen können.
1 Dec 2015
Report: The uptake of Scope 3 emissions reporting in Switzerland
Quantis, together with partners BSD Consulting, have published the reporting “Indirect Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Switzerland” delivering insights and recommendations to the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) and to those organizations looking to further their understanding Scope 3 measurement and reporting.
The report reveals that there has indeed been an uptake in measurement and reporting efforts of indirect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Switzerland. The majority (57%) of companies reporting indirect GHG emissions, of Scope 3, is represented by publicly traded companies, specifically in the financial and chemical sectors. This full value chain perspective in on the rise globally, as well as in Switzerland.
For more information on the report, please contact Quantis Zürich Managing Director Rainer Zah.
To learn more about Scope 3 measurement and reporting, please visit this page for information on the Scope 3 Evaluator tool, developed by Quantis and the GHG Protocol, and to listen to our webinar on getting started with Scope 3 measurement.
26 Nov 2015
Eco-moblier, l’organisation française de collecte de tri et de recyclage, a contribué à éviter le rejet de l’équivalent de 70 000 tonnes de CO2 dans l’atmosphère. Ce rejet équivaut aux émissions de gaz à effet de serre provoquées par les vols allers-retours Paris - New York de 70 000 passagers. Depuis 2013, date à laquelle Éco-mobilier a démarré son activité opérationnelle, la filière a collecté opérationnellement près de 300 000 tonnes de mobilier en fin de vie, dont près de 80 % ont été valorisés énergétiquement et 45 % recyclés.
Dans ce contexte pré-COP21, cette performance prouve que l’économie circulaire peut aussi contribuer à la lutte contre le changement climatique.
Ces résultats sont le fruit d’un travail réalisé conjointement par Quantis et Eco-Mobilier. Ce projet avait un triple objectif :
26 Nov 2015
Eco-Mobilier, the French organization of waste furniture sorting and recycling, will succeed in avoiding the equivalent of 70,000 tons of CO2 emissions in the atmosphere. These emissions are the equivalent of the amount of greenhouse gas emissions generated by the domestic lighting of 1.8 million French homes over the course of one year. It’s also the same as a round-trip flight from Paris to New York with some 70,000 passengers! Since 2013, the sector has collected almost 300,000 tons of end-of-life furniture, which 35 % has been reused for energy recovery and 45% recycled.
With the COP21 climate conference just around the corner, this performance proves that the circular economy can also contribute to climate change issues.
These few results come from a major project jointly delivered by Quantis and Eco-mobilier. The project had a triple objective:
24 Nov 2015
Are you a sustainability professional looking for a free introduction to the basics from experts in water reporting?
If so, please register to the Quantis and CDP’s free webinar for a step by step guide to the process and procedures companies should consider when undertaking comprehensive water risk assessment.
The session will take place on Thursday November 26th 2015 at 10.00 New York // 15.00 London // 16.00 Paris
We look forward to you joining us! If you’d like to know more please contact Jean-Baptiste Bayart.
21 Nov 2015
Quantis is offering a series of webinars on Scope 3 evaluation and corporate reporting. We debuted the webinar series last year to celebrate the launch of the Scope 3 Evaluator, developed with GHG Protocol. This year, we’re digging further: 2 dates – 2 levels – 2 times zones
A corporate footprint is to sustainability as a corporate budget is to finance. Yet many companies are running their businesses without environmental measurements. Just like a financial budget, a corporate footprint helps you make reliable, fact-based decisions about your business and can guide your sustainability strategy.
Corporations have been slow to quantify and report emissions in their value chains because the process is thought to be complex and time-intensive. Join Quantis for this webinar series designed to de-mystify corporate footprinting and Scope 3 measurement so you can efficiently measure what you need to manage.
Whether it's time to “Get Started” (Nov 24) or you intend to “Start Leading” (Dec 1st) efforts to improve your Scope 3 measurement and reporting, there is a webinar adapted to your needs.
Click for more details or to register for the Scope 3 Webinar Series: Get Started. Start Leading.
3 Nov 2015
Quantis and Founding Partners are proud to announce the launch of the first comprehensive database for Life Cycle Assessment data in the fashion industry. The World Apparel & Footwear Life Cycle Assessment Database (WALDB), will deliver quantified data to improve environmental impact assessment, footprinting, reporting and communication in the sector.
Apparel and footwear industry is a very sensitive segment on environmental impacts ranging from water consumption caused by cotton cultivation or impacts related to dyeing and tanning, to greenhouse gas emissions derived from manufacturing and distribution. Regarding a highly complex and difficult to trace production, Quantis wanted to deliver a robust database to make it easier for the industry to do environmental impact assessments.
At launch, the database consists of 60 data sets that cover wool, cotton, and leather supply chains to identify environmental hotspots along full value chain, to quantify the benefits of improvement and reduction measures and to benchmark individual footprints compared with industry averages. In addition, credible communications and marketing efforts can be built on sound metric-based footprint data. WALDB will be continuously expanded during the three years of the project according to the needs of the partners and published in annual releases.
Quantis has joined forces with leading organizations and companies from the apparel and footwear sector to build a pre-competitive consortium. WALDB Founding Partners include HUGO BOSS, Legero/Think! Shoes, the OEKO-TEX® Association, Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), and BSD Consulting.
For more details on the projects, read the press release. If you have questions, would like more information, or would like to participate in the project, please contact the WALDB project lead Rainer Zah.
22 Oct 2015
CDP has announced the Top 8 companies in the first global ranking of the CDP Water reporting initiative. These global corporations, from 4 different industries, have achieved an A rating for their efforts in water management. These companies have recognized the importance of mitigating the risk of water scarcity and volatility also to seize the opportunities that solid water management can deliver.
The CDP declares that water is becoming a priority issue in sustainability and disclosure. In their press release, CDP explains that “This year 617 institutional investors asked 1,073 of the world’s largest publicly listed companies across industry sectors with high water vulnerability or impacts to disclose how they are adapting and responding to worsening water security. CDP’s new global water report analyzes the 405 company responses to this request – over twice the number of companies analyzed in 2014.
Emmanuelle Aoustin, CEO of Quantis, the CDP Water Partner in France was asked to weighs in on why companies should be taking action on water:
“Investors pay attention to a business’ capacity to build resilience and mitigate risks. The low cost of water is clouding some of the risks that companies are facing. There are many indirect costs related to water risks: brand reputation, supply chain price volatility, production shutdowns, and extreme events.
What’s exciting for the field of water management is that the science, tools and methodologies have evolved to accurately process life cycle water assessments. Smart companies are relying on these metrics to build solid water stewardship programs and strategies”
To learn more about how Quantis helps companies with water life cycle assessments and water stewardship, please contact one of our water experts.
Discover the eight companies from the CDP Water A List on the CDP press release.
21 Sep 2015
Quantis had the pleasure of working with Farmer Bros on its environmental strategy. Farmer Bros, the foodservice coffee and restaurant supplier, chose Quantis to develop a solid environmental measurement and reporting action plan. Quantis conducted a materiality assessment to get some direction. Read the Farmer Bros Case Study for more details.
Four key steps were identified to meet Farmer Bros sustainability strategy objectives:
2014 Sustainability Report
Following the materiality assessment and deliver of the strategy, we worked with Farmer Bros to do their first carbon footprint that included Scope 3 emissions as well as their first corporate footprint. Learn more about their reduction activities in the Farmer Bros 2014 Sustainability Report, “It All Starts With a Seed: How we’re driving social, environmental and economic development.”
Farmer Brothers achieved some outstanding results. Compared to 2014, Farmer Brothers reduced electricity usage by 9%, water consumption by 32% and on-road fuel consumption by 16%. And, they increased landfill diversification by 12%.
11 Sep 2015
Is circular economy the next economic model? Could it be the answer to our big 21st century sustainability questions? Beyond case studies and utopia, does this approach remain profitable and feasible? What does it concretely imply for stakeholders? Öbu believes that circular economy is a fundamental opportunity for companies, and wishes to launch the debate in the Swiss economic agenda.
Come to discuss these major topics with Öbu and Quantis by participating in the Öbu conference-workshops on September 30th in Lausanne, Switzerland. Sarra Harbi, from Quantis who is also a Öbu Romandie Officer, will be leading the day organized around several workshops, presentations and roundtables.
The Öbu conference will enlighten you on innovative projects such as “National Materials Marketplace” pilot project by WBCSD or “Integrating a Circular Economy Model at Nespresso: How is it working?”.
Two different workshops concerning “Shared workplaces” and “Emergence of the circular economy in Swiss Romande” will be chaired and moderated by Benoit Charrière (Marketing & Communication Manager, Partner – Sofiès) as well as our own Denis Bochatay (Project Manager – Quantis) and Sarra Harbi.
8 Sep 2015
Quantis will be part of North America’s Emerging Green Conference – a gathering of technology leaders who will discuss the advances, challenges and future of sustainable electronics. The conferences will take place on September 22-24 in Portland, Oregon, USA and will focus on specific obstacles and opportunities that electronics represent for a circular economy.
Through the scope of LCA Analyses, Jon Dettling (Quantis US Managing Director), Paul Scheihing (Certified Practitioner in Industrial Energy Management Systems Advanced Manufacturing Office from U.S. Department of Energy), Alexandra Degher (Worldwide LCA and Conflict Minerals Program Manager from Hewlett-Packard) and Laura Nereng (Sustainability Manager from 3M Electronics & Energy Business Group) will serve on a panel looking at Hidden Carbon Hot-spots in the Supply Chain.
By its nature, an electronic supply chain is a complex concept to master. Applied to energy and carbon footprinting, results change drastically from one product to another. HP and Quantis will describe the carbon hotspots of a typical electronic supply chain and 3M Company, as an electronic industry supplier, will describe both their product offerings and energy management strategy to reduce greenhouse gases for their customers and their own manufacturing facilities.
For more information, please contact Jon Dettling.
31 Aug 2015
The World Food LCA Database (WFLDB), an international and multi-stakeholder project lead by Agroscope and Quantis, has delivered 900 accurate and transparent food datasets for improved Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) and environmental communications. The project responds to a growing need for reliable data in the food and beverage industry. This high-quality data will give business managers and policy makers the information needed to make smart decisions about their food processes, systems and value chains.
Quantis is proud to be a co-founder of this unique project that brought together diverse stakeholders, some of which were in a pre-competitive collaboration.
Governmental institutions as well as private companies funded Phase One of the project, addressing the most urgent needs of the food and beverage sector framed in a consensual process. In addition to Agroscope and Quantis, the partners include: the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME), Bayer CropScience AG, the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), General Mills, The Kraft Heinz Company, Mars, Mondelēz International, Monsanto, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Syngenta and Yara.
The goal of the WFLDB project is to develop and maintain the first comprehensive and up-to-date inventory of food datasets. The completion of Phase One delivered more than 900 datasets as well as the methodololgical guidelines that will guide organizations worldwide to produce more robust Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) and accurate environmental communications. To download the datasets and methodological guidelines, please go to the WFLDB website.
Why is there a need for a food-specific database? Reliable LCA data is in increasingly high demand in the food and beverage sector. This data is needed, in particular, for the quantification of environmental impacts, which serves as a benchmark for the optimization of food production systems.
One of the major limitations of LCA in the food and beverage sector was the lack of consistent, up-to-date, comprehensive and transparent inventory data for food products and processes. High quality data are essential to ensure well-informed decision-making both at the company and policy levels. Furthermore, such data is needed to properly communicate on the environmental impact of products as in the case of Environmental Product Declarations (EPD).
The need for better data was identified and recognized by many stakeholders worldwide, such as the European Commission, the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) and The Sustainability Consortium. The WFLDB offers a response to the increasing demand for such data in the food sector and creates a basis to assist companies and environmental authorities in their efforts to support and incentivize sustainable food production and consumption.
The Next Steps
Quantis and Agroscope will now launch Phase Two of the WFLDB project and will be open to new consortium partners.
19 Aug 2015
One year to go until one of Europe’s biggest sporting events take place across France. UEFA EURO 2016 football championship will be played out over 51 matches taking place in 10 French cities from June 10 to July 10, 2016. Such an event means big infrastructure, massive crowds and major consumption --- and big environmental, economic and social impacts.
“A global event such as UEFA EURO 2016 incorporates a great many activities and domains, including transport, logistics, lighting, catering, merchandising and broadcasting. Each has a range of direct and indirect environmental impacts, not least in terms of air pollution, consumption of natural resources and contribution to climate change,” UEFA states.
To change this trajectory, UEFA set out to encourage the positive and to reduce the tournament’s negative environment, economic and social impacts. Quantis is proud to be chosen by UEFA as a partner in this triple-bottom-line assessment. The sporting event experts at Quantis, lead by Denis Bochatay, are providing guidance on key issues in addition to measuring the tournament’s environmental footprint.
“The construction and renovation of stadiums(*) are big hot spots when looking at the environmental footprint, but the spectators that will also generate high impacts related to transportation to and from the venues as well as with the products purchased and consumed such as food and drinks,” Quantis’s leadsustainable sports expert Denis Bochatay explains, adding, “UEFA has developed a tool for fans that will inform and also help them to make responsible choices when choosing their method of transport and, by participating, they have the possibility of winning tickets to UEFA EURO 2016 games!”
One-Year-to-Go Report is out
As we are one year out from the big event, UEFA has published the “UEFA EURO 2016 Social Responsibility & Sustainability One-Year-to-Go Report 2015” (publication management, editing and infographics by Quantis) to communicate on the organization’s plan, key challenges and how we plan on reducing the event’s impacts. The entire assessment process and those involved are guided by the following principles: relevance, completeness, consistency, accuracy and transparency.
UEFA identified 5 areas of RESPECT comprising our social, economic and environmental priorities for UEFA EURO 2016. These are:
UEFA EURO 2016 & The Environment
To have the most comprehensive environmental impact assessment of UEFA EURO 2016, the organizers and Quantis chose to use an LCA methodology that is compliant with the ISO 14040 and 14044 environmental management standards in order to go beyond a basic carbon footprint to a more robust environmental footprint. For example, the methodologies applied here include climate change as well as consumption of natural resources, biodiversity and human health.
“The LCA methodology does not only measure greenhouse gas emissions but it identifies other types of impacts such as those that effect our eco-systems and biodiversity. For example, for the preliminary analysis we discovered that the impacts on biodiversity of the organization of UEFA EURO 2016 corresponds to the deforestation of a surface which is the equivalent of 300 football fields during a one year period,” Bochatay explains.
The initial results of the environmental impact assessment of UEFA EURO 2016 revealed key impacts areas – or hot spots – where the biggest reductions can be made - notably with transportation of the teams, staff, media and the spectators.
Final and detailed results will be published within the post-event report, released in Autumn 2016. Stay tuned!
*UEFA established mechanisms that encourage the exchange of information and positive environmental practices for the construction and operation between the ten stadiums.
30 Jul 2015
The reporting has come to a close, but there’s much more value that can be leveraged from your environmental metrics. In her recent article “5 Ways to Untap the Value of your Corporate Footprint” published on Environmental Leader, Sarah Mandlebaum will show you how corporate footprint reports - often driven by requirements or stakeholder expectations - could be the key to unlock opportunities. Sarah gives some examples on how your environmental data can help you make decisions regarding sustainability strategy, employee engagement, supply chain management, R&D/new product development, reporting and communications.
If you’d like to learn more about how to leverage your environmental data, view our webinar “Leveraging Sustainability Data to Create Value Beyond Reporting” or contact Sarah Mandlebaum for custom insight.
27 Jun 2015
Quantis has partnered with Ecoinvent, the largest provider of high quality and transparent Life Cycle Inventory data, to organize hands-on workshops on sustainability issues and life cycle thinking. The goal of these Ecoinvent Capacity Building Workshops, geared towards sustainability managers and LCA practitioners, is to give organization the information and the tools necessary to integrate life cycle thinking into their daily operations. Together, Quantis and Ecoinvent, will bring these workshops to Brazil, Peru, South Africa and India. The workshops are delivered in 3 different formats to address the needs of various roles within sustainability departments of companies, governments, industry associations or for independent consultants or experts. Here is an example of the formats:
During each interactive workshop, key LCA thought leaders, policy makers and experts will address key topics such as Life Cycle Thinking, Life Cycle Inventory Modelling, Data Collection, Data Entry and much more, with the aim of fostering a fruitful discussion and delivering the guidelines needed to address these critical issues.
The first Ecoinvent Capacity Building Workshop (ECBW) will take place in Lima, Peru on July 13th, where the project will be officially launched. Quantis will then continue his international tour.
The following workshops will take place in Brazil in early November (potential locations: Brasilia, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janero), India in November (potential locations: Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad and Bengalore) and South Africa (potential locations Pretoria, Johannesburg).
Quantis is working in partnership with Ecoinvent, Swiss Embassies and several local partners worldwide to best adapt the workshops to the needs of the specific countries.
If you would like to attend an Ecoinvent Capacity Building Workshop, please contact Andrea Del Duce for those in India and South Africa or Simon Gmünder for those planned for South America. Watch this space for upcoming dates and confirmed locations.
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26 Jun 2015
Quantis Lausanne is hiring an experienced Administrative Assistant to support the Director of Administration and Finance. If you are interested in this position, please read the job announcement.
28 May 2015
In a period of the year when many companies are publishing sustainability reports, Quantis took the opportunity to highlight the many ways that the data collected can continue to bring value to your company. Quantis was proud to share the online stage with three of our key partners during the webinar, “Leveraging Sustainability Data to Create Value Beyond Reporting”, hosted by GreenBiz on May 12th.
During this webcast, we presented how to unlock the power of your data by exploring the issue via 4 main axes : Materiality & Strategy, Supply Chain Management, Communications & Marketing, and Employee Engagement.
Presented by Quantis CEO Emmanuelle Aoustin and by the MD of our US branch Jon Dettling, we worked though each axe by sharing the concrete sustainability stories and successes of some of our clients, notably Arnaud Herrmann (VP, Sustainable Development, Groupe Accor), Nathalie Perroquin (VP, Corporate Sustainability, Coty, Inc.) and Jonathan Horrell (Director of Sustainability, Mondelez International). We also took a look at stories from Nespresso, Biotherm, Veolia, Sprint and others.
The webinar had an attentive and engaged audience of more than 450 professionals from all around the world. This included a wide range of profiles from CEOs and Sustainability Managers to Consultants and Academics who participated in an interactive webcast with surveys, live Q&As and chats.
Thank you to our partners Arnaud, Nathalie and Jonathan!
27 May 2015
The European retail sector is harmonizing environmental sector rules to provide a standardized framework for businesses across Europe – and potentially around the world. Organizations now use different methods and initiatives to evaluate the “greenness” of their products and businesses and the European Commission is seeking to level the playing field as part of the Single Market for Green Products initiative. The initiative addressing this issue for the retail sector has made some great progress and is opening up the discussion to the public.
The retail sector in Europe, represented by 12 partners engaged in the European Commission Pilot Phase developing the guidance for assessing and reporting environmental impacts in the European retail sector. Quantis is proud to be one of the 12 partners* who "hold the pen” for the rules to release the first draft of Organisation Environmental Footprint Sector Rules (OEFSR) document.
The writing method is innovative because it is collaborative. Indeed, the OEFSR document is open to public consultation and commentary until May 27th, 2015.
If you are a stakeholder such as a supplier, manufacturer or consumer, you should take this opportunity to provide feedback on the rules before they become THE guidance for the retail sector in Europe or internationally. Your participation is important: learn what’s going on with the rules, and have your views represented in the official process.
You can download the document for consultation via the official EU Commission wiki web platform (easy registration required by clicking here). Please use the Excel spreadsheet for your comments and send them back to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them on the EU Commission wiki web platform.
It’s your turn to join the debate!
*Carrefour Group, Colruyt Group, Décathlon, Picard, Kering, Office Depot, PERIFEM (French National Retailers Association), French ADEME (Environment and Energy Management Agency), Austrian EAA (Environment Agency Austria), Italian ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technologies Energy and Sustainable Economic Development), Global 2000 (NGO), Quantis
15 May 2015
Quantis introduces a new eLearning format to help guide LCA Practitioners through the ins-and-outs of the latest in water footprinting.
The eLearning on Water Footprinting will help you:
Quantis delivers its best scientific knowledge through the eLearning platform. Follow courses whenever you want, how many times you want and wherever you want. The E-learning format guides you through the world of water footprinting and helps you progress and learn through videos, exercices and readings.
The option to have one-to-one sessions with our experts, or access to our forum, will help you go further and answer any detailed questions you may have.
Contact us for more information: email@example.com
You can also ready our blog post on “Two key challenges: being up-to-date on LCA knowledge and educate colleagues on LCA” .
27 Apr 2015
Don’t miss the panel of sustainability leaders that will join Quantis during the webinar “Leveraging Sustainability Data to Create Value Beyond Reporting”, hosted by John Davies from GreenBiz. The webinar, taking place on May 12 at 11:30am EST/5:30pm CET, will take a look at how companies are grasping opportunities that come from their reporting activities and data.
Companies are investing significant efforts to report on their corporate or product environmental footprints. However, many do not spend much effort reflecting on this information and considering how the metrics they’ve put in place to support disclosure can inform other areas of their work. By looking beyond reporting to risks and opportunities, sustainability leaders can bring a quantitative focus to their company’s sustainability planning.
In this free, hour-long webcast, Quantis’ CEO Emmanuelle Aoustin and U.S. Managing Director Jon Dettling will be joined by key players in the sustainability field from global companies like Accor. You’ll hear examples of how leadership companies are leveraging the data they use for reporting to address core business issues.
During this webcast, you’ll learn:
Don’t miss the discussion! Register today.
20 Mar 2015
Arnaud Dauriat has been promoted to the position of Managing Director of the Quantis Lausanne branch. Arnaud replaces Yves Loerincik, who has held this position since 2013. Yves new role will focus on product innovation and development, particularly with the IT business unit and other offers such as the recently launched e-Learning offer.
25 Feb 2015
Quantis France is pleased to partner with CDP as part of its water program. Quantis will help companies that are responding to CDP Water and will also guide those that wish to delve further into water strategy, risk assessment, stewarship, footprinting, reporting, accounting, data and communication.
“CDP is delighted that Quantis is supporting the water program as a silver consultancy partner in France,” Cate Lamb, Head of CDP’s water program explains.
“Quantis demonstrate a strategic approach to help companies measure, manage, and report their water-related impacts and the steps needed to reduce them. The expertise that the Quantis team brings to CDP's work to enhance water security makes them a valuable contributor as a consultancy partner.”
In France, Quantis already helps companies such as Nestlé, Danone, GDF Suez and Accor with water-related sustainability projects.
To learn more, please register for the deep-dive webinar about water management :
8 Jan 2015
We had a great turnout for the global launch of the Scope 3 Evaluator tool built by GHG Protocol and Quantis! And we certainly appreciated the high level of engagement from the participants that made the webinar fun and interactive for all.
If you were unable to attend the launch webinar, additional webinars will be planned in January and in February. To receive an invitation, please contact Lori Gustavus.
To access the recording and slides from the webinar, please click here.
15 Dec 2014
The Scope 3 Evaluator officially launches today. Take a tour of this game-changing tool developed by GHG Protocol and Quantis. This free, web-based tool allows users to make an initial, rough approximation of their full Scope 3 footprint, regardless of the size or type of organization. Moreover, it will make it easier for companies to measure, report and reduce greenhouse gas emission along their value chain.
Built on the Quantis SUITE 2.0 software and using the GHG Protocol Scope 3 Accounting and Reporting Standard, the tool provides a simple though complete Scope 3 footprint, which can be used to prioritize action areas, report emissions, and measure a more accurate footprint in the future.
We invite you to join the December 17th webinar at 11am EST / 5pm CET. GHG Protocol’s Cynthia Cummis and Quantis’ Jon Dettling will take you on a virtual tour of this new tool.
If you have any questions, please contact the team at Scope3Evaluator@quantis-intl.com
11 Dec 2014
Join our Dec 17th Webinar: Learn how to use the Scope 3 Evaluator
Greenhouse Gas Protocol and Quantis are excited to unveil the new Scope 3 Evaluator.This new web-based tool - free and accessible to all - will soon make it easier for companies to measure, report, and reduce emissions throughout their value chain.
Click below to register today:
"How to use the new Scope 3 Evaluator tool to measure and report value chain emissions"
Date: December 17, 2014
Time: 11am EST / 5pm CET
What is the Scope 3 Evaluator in a nutshell?
The Scope 3 Evalutor is a free, web-based tool that provides users with a simple interface to quickly approximate their indirect emissions that occur in the value chain, regardless of the size or sector of the organization. Companies can use this information to start identifying areas to focus their efforts around and pursue a more accurate inventory.
Why build the Scope 3 Evaluator?
A corporate footprint is for sustainability like a corporate budget is for finance. Just like a financial budget, a corporate footprint helps you make decisions about your business. Yet corporations have been slow to quantify and report emissions in their value chains because the process has been complex or time-intensive. The Scope 3 Evaluator, built on Quantis SUITE 2.0 software, addresses this issue by offering a tool that both novices and experts can use to gain a better understanding of their footprint.
Why should I participant?
Did you know that 10 out of 100 points are awarded by CDP for your Scope 3 Footprint? And if you don't report to CDP, this value chain perspective will provide a good roadmap for an efficient and results-generating impact reduction strategy.
During the webinar, Jon (Quantis) and Cynthia (GHG Protocol) will demonstrate how to take full advantage of this helpful new tool to get you on your way to measuring, managing and reducing Scope 3 emissions.
We look forward to showing you the ease and functionality of the Scope 3 Evaluator during the webinar.
30 Oct 2014
Quantis is recruiting a highly motivated and dynamic Senior Consultant to join our growing US team. To learn more about this exciting opportunity based in our Boston office, please see the job offer.
24 Sep 2014
It's official! Quantis has opened the doors to its new branch in Berlin, Germany. This new office will provide a solid base to service the growing number of Quantis clients in the German market. Indeed, the Berlin office is the next step in the group's strategy to expand its activities as announced earlier this year.
Quantis CEO Emmanuelle Aoustin explains this move: "Quantis continues to pursue its mission of empowering our clients to grow sustainably and profitably. Our scientific rigor, high-quality services and innovative solutions have made Quantis a key leader in the field of environmental consulting. "Having a base in Germany will permit us to nurture existing relationships and to build new ones in the market. It's exciting to embark on this new adventure in Germany – in one of the global centers of sustainable actions and innovation!"
We are also excited and honored to welcome renown sustainability expert Dr. Michael Spielmann to the Quantis family. As Managing Director of Quantis Germany, Michael will lead the group's expansion and its operations in Germany.
19 Sep 2014
The European Commission selected Quantis and its partners to lead four of the food and beverage-specific Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) pilots that kicked-off this summer as part of its Single Market for Green Products (SMGP) initiative. These four pilots are for the dairy, coffee, packed water and pet food sectors.
Quantis will lend its life cycle assessment expertise, sector-specific and consensus-building experience to the Technical Secretariat, the body who will define category rules and communication guidelines while addressing the challenges facing each sector.
For more information about the goals of the SMGP initiative and these PEF pilots and our partners, please read the press release.
7 Aug 2014
Water is quickly becoming a top priority in sustainability because of the related risks and opportunities that affect supply chains as well as operations. Stakeholders are putting pressure on sustainability managers and their teams to address this environmental challenge and potential corporate risk. A good water stewardship strategy is built on a good water footprint assessment to guide companies towards meaningful actions.
The International Standards Organisation (ISO) just released the new ISO 14'046 standard, which covers the principles, guidelines and requirements to assess a water footprint of a company, a product or a service and is aligned with existing ISO Life Cycle Assessment standards (ISO 14'040 and 14'044).
Until now, many companies that explored water footprinting were faced with limitations related to the scope of the assessment, methodology gaps and the consistency of results. "The ISO 14'046 standard is expected to benefit organizations, governments, and other interested parties worldwide by providing transparency, consistency, reproducibility, and credibility for assessing and reporting the water footprint of products, processes and organizations," Quantis CEO Emmanuelle Aoustin explains.
To learn more about this new water footprint standard, read the recent article on Environmental Leader from Quantis' LCA and Water Expert Samuel Vionnet entitled, "ISO Water Footprint Standard Crash Course, Part I".
We also invite you to attend a presentation taking place during World Water Week held in Stockholm, Sweden from August 31 – September 5, 2014. Please join Quantis along with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), at 5pm on September 1st at the Swiss Water Partnership (SWP) booth to learn more about this new water footprint standard. Read the press release for more details or contact Samuel Vionnet.
Discover the Quantis Water Database.
31 Jul 2014
Quantis France is actively recruiting an experienced LCA analyst to join the office in Paris or Lyon. If you have at least one year of experience working in LCA and are interested in working on environmental impact assessment projects at the product and enterprise level, please click here to for more details (in French).
29 Jul 2014
Dimitri Caudrelier has been promoted to the position of Managing Director of Quantis France. He succeeds Emmanuelle Aoustin, who was named CEO of the group in March. Dimitri started his career at Quantis in 2009 as a junior analyst at the Lausanne office and most recently held the position of Director of Business Development.
"Our mission is to be the market leader for consulting services in the sustainability and environmental performance sectors, while building on the unique position of Quantis: our expertise, our excellent client relationships, and our innovative products and services" the new Managing Director explains.
25 Jul 2014
Quantis and Agroscope have published the Methodological Guidelines for the World Food LCA Database. These guidelines support the development of the database and details the methodological approach on multiple issues such as emission models at the farm, land use change, water use, application of pesticides, data collection procedures and data quality assessment.
By making this methodology available to the public, we hope to promote transparent life cycle inventory (LCI) data and to enable replicability. These guidelines (version 2.0) will be updated and enhanced in 2015.
To download the World Food LCA Database Methodological Guidelines, click here.
The objective of this unique database is to develop top-quality LCI data for food products worldwide. All data will ultimately be made available to the public through the ecoinvent database and will be ILCD compatible.
20 Mar 2014
Companies today are confused by the plethora of environmental assessment methods and initiatives. Consumers and stakeholders are equally baffled about the information they read. Enter the Single Market for Green Products (SMGP).
The goal of the EU Commission’s SMGP will deliver harmonized methods of calculating and communicating the environmental performance of products and organizations.
The SMGP deliverable is a set of rules and methodologies for assessing Product and Organization Environmental Footprints (PEFs/OEFs). Phase one of the initiative is to set up pilot projects to develop rules and benchmarks by sector as well as to test and verify them in order to define communication guidelines. It is clearly beneficial for companies to take part in the pilot-testing phase of the PEFs and OEFs as you will be able to:
1. Define the rules for your sector
Make your voice count by participating in the testing phase either as a member of the Technical Secretariat (TS), which is in charge of writing the rules (by sector or product category) or as a stakeholder.
2. Anticipate and learn
Knowing the rules in advance allows you to engage internally to ensure that the change will be understood, accepted, and put into practice once applied by all departments (communication, sustainability team, etc.).
3. Position your company as a leader
Joining a pilot project will prove your organization’s commitment to sustainability.
Interested in learning more about the SMGP or how you can participate? Contact Quantis Director of Institutional Affairs Carole Dubois
18 Mar 2014
Quantis is pleased to announce the promotion of Emmanuelle Aoustin to the position of Chief Executive Officer. Aoustin was tapped for the top position to lead the group through a phase of global market expansion.
“The promotion of Emmanuelle to CEO marks the beginning of a period of accelerated development at Quantis. Since joining the team two years ago, she has shown a high level of commitment towards our clients, company and strategic vision,” Quantis Board Members Manuele Margni and Edgar Brandt jointly state. “Emmanuelle is a real asset for us and is the ideal executive to lead our next phase of international development. We are pleased that she accepted the challenge,” they add.
For more information on the nomination of Emmanuelle, please read the press release.
15 Nov 2013
Sometimes LCA speak can be a little overwhelming for non-LCA experts, but it’s important to create understanding for sustainability and LCA among cross-functional groups. Indeed, sustainability intiatives concern marketing and communications managers, accountants, supply chain, operations, and environment managers alike but they do not all speak the same language or have the same concerns.
While exploring the field of sustainability in marketing, Ganael Bascoul*, the creator of the Life Cycle Perception Game by Quantis, wanted to developed a business game that would raise awareness, teach, and understand stakeholders’ different perceptions of the environmental impacts occurring across a company’s value chain.
The game has been a success with companies, such as Nestlé, who’ve used the LCP Business Game to raise awareness.
"The LCP business game is making sustainability fun and accessible at Nestlé! It was the perfect way to create strong internal understanding and engagement for our LCA and environmental product footprint display projects,” explains Francois-Marie Neycensas, Sustainability Manager, Nestlé.
Quantis turns the floor over to the business game creator Ganael Bascoul to tell us more about the game distributed exclusively by Quantis:
Quantis: You developed a business game to evaluate people’s perceptions of environmental impact. Can you tell us more about it?
GB: The “Life Cycle Perspective” (LCP), or “Perception du Cycle de Vie” in French (PCV), is a business game designed to analyze what people understand about life cycle assessment and raise awareness on environmental issues along a company’s life cycle, to teach the players the think “outside the box”. The initial idea was to develop a objective evaluation of people’s perceptions. A life cycle assessment provides a quantitative and scientific picture of the environmental impact of a product or company. I wanted to have a similar approach to evaluate people’s perceptions. This is very important since marketing studies often focus on perception. By doing this, we create bridges between LCA practitioners and their colleagues in marketing. It’s a bridge that helps these two worlds start talking to each other.
How do you play the game?
GB: Everything is based around a workshop where various stakeholders are invited, including consumers, which brings higher value to the results. The game is constructed out of a special deck of cards. Cards that represent specific life cycle stages of the company or product are used to define the game. Tokens of different colors are used to highlight specific environmental issues and hot spots. Together, participants build a representation of the company’s life cycle and highlight issues based on their perceptions. There are a few ways to lead the workshop, using different learning tactics such as the “learning through making mistakes” tactic, etc. Depending on how you decide to use it, some prior work is needed. In any case, the game comes with rules.
The main point is that we use the difference between perception and reality to derive a communication or marketing strategy. You can then start to build the bridge between colleagues.
Why do you think there is a need for a bridge?
GB: The problem is that LCA practitioners do not speak the same language as other people in their companies. The vocabulary needed to translate LCA results into non-practitioner language still needs to be developed. In addition, LCA practitioners and colleagues from the rest of the company may value different aspects of LCA. For example, LCA results for a single product may not provide much value to a marketing team, who may be looking to make comparative claims, such as degree of improvement from a previous generation or compared to a competitor. If an LCA can provide comparative information, then it may suddenly become valuable to the marketing team.
You believe that sustainability is interesting for the marketing teams…
GB: Yes, sustainability is interesting for two reasons: first, it reinforces brand equity and second, it can improve perception of the corporate brand, although this does not always directly lead to additional sales. The methodologies used to calculate the value of a brand are starting to integrate sustainability into their criteria. Sustainability can also lead to additional sales, but one of the problems is that marketing teams may not understand how to tell the story about sustainability. They try to develop a discourse about sustainability in addition or beside the brand, when it could be integrated into the brand story.
A marketing team may think that they have to seduce consumers rather than convince them, but there are a lot of signals that indicate that consumers are expecting more information and are willing to learn why one product may be a better choice over another. Think about the “locally made” message that attracts a lot of consumers these days.
Another example is that we often organize a special day to talk about sustainability, but the interest from marketing colleagues is not exceptional. The objective is to have sustainability be integrated into an internal marketing event rather than trying to have marketing teams attend a sustainability event.
You have used this game in many occasions. What was the feedback from the participants?
GB: There are quite a lot of secrets around how products are manufactured. Consumers really like to learn about the world behind the product. As soon as we talk about the process, how it is produced, we meet a lot of interest. Even for a product like a cubic meter of gas, for which we thought consumers would have little to no interest, we realized that it was the opposite. Nobody has ever explained to them how the production of gas works. This is a great untapped opportunity for dialogue between companies and their consumers or clients, or even society in general.
Each experience using the LCP game brought a lot of learning to the participants, helping companies connect to their clients and better understand how to communicate and discuss sustainability issues with them.
Interested to learn more about the Life Cycle Perception game? Contact Dimitri Caudrelier
*About the author:
Ganael Bascoul studied marketing science at HEC Paris and holds a PhD in Management Sciences. He worked for Ernst and Young and as an independent consultant. He is the co-founder and scientific director of soonsoonsoon.com and his passion is developing innovative methodologies in marketing and sustainability, as well as quantifying sustainability to aid decision-making.
27 Feb 2013
Quantis Canada announces a partnership with Groupe AGÉCO and Saulnier Conseil which aims to provide organizations with leading-edge turnkey sustainable development consulting services. Working with each of these firms will now give organizations access to a broader expert network and complementary specialized services. This innovative approach brings together experienced executives and environmental, socioeconomic and procurement experts and provides a comprehensive and integrated platform in these strategic corporate responsibility sectors.
8 Jan 2013
PEFC is the world's largest forest certification system. To assess the environmental benefit of forest management certification, PEFC commissioned Quantis to realize a life cycle assessment (LCA) of certified and non-certified wood. The goal of this study was to create new processes for non-certified wood. As a first approximation, only the environmental impacts from deforestation were considered (other differences such as pesticide or fertilizer use were not considered so far). A global average approach is taken, meaning that when buying non-certified wood products there is no active encouragement against deforestation as there is no traceability to prove otherwise. The results of this project enable to differentiate between certified and non-certified wood, without and with deforestation respectively, what was currently not possible in important databases such as ecoinvent.
5 Dec 2012
Companies are now seeing a high demand for transparency in disclosing their environment footprint, as well as the financial risks associated with this footprint. As a result, most leading companies now track a complete corporate carbon footprint and an increasing number also track a corporate water footprint. Performance on how well these are measured and how well they are disclosed are rated by scored by many reporting initiatives, including the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), CDP’s Water Disclosure, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, and others. There are now important business risks and opportunities not only in achieving a good environmental performance, but in being proficient in how this performance is measured and reported.
During this webinar we will share with you our approach to achieving a leading score in these reporting initiatives based on three key aspects: Ensuring transparency, taking advantage of existing initiatives and materials, and seeing opportunities to lead with action rather than talk.
Quantis will host the webinar and be joined by STMicroelectronics, a leading semi-conductor company, to share their disclosure experience. This year STMicroelectronics' CDP reporting reached a score of 92, second highest score in Italy, and a substantial increase from their score of 73 in 2011. ST will provide insight on the key success factors to reach this ambitious goal.
January 22, 2013 - 4pm CET // 10am EST
Februray 20, 2013 - 4pm CET // 10am EST
2 Oct 2012
Our team is back from the beautiful city of Saint-Malo (France) where they took part in the great 2012 edition of the LCA Food conference which was organized by INRA. We gave a workshop about environmental communication and presented several posters that you can watch here.
The World Food LCA Database
Deforestation and (indirect) land use change
Social Life Cycle Assessment of Milk Production in Canada
Guidelines for addressing LCA within the food processing sector industries (part 1)
Guidelines for addressing LCA within the food processing sector industries (part 2)
10 Sep 2012
In September, Jeju (Korea) hosted the IUCN World Conservation Congress. Beside taking part in numerous interesting discussions, Quantis experts organized a workshop with Nespresso. "Ecosystems in Life Cycle Assessment to help businesses in their decision making process" was one of the many Knowledge Cafés taking place at the IUCN Congress, and it discussed how companies can understand the environmental performance of their products.
Read the report
Read the story on the IUCN website
4 Jun 2012
French energy supplier EDF Entreprises in collaboration with Quantis, and sustainability software publisher Enablon, are launching a new service to assist clients in assessing and reducing their environmental impacts. A selected number of pilot businesses will soon implement this new initiative, which should enable them to further develop their carbon strategies.
Read press release (in french)
12 Apr 2012
Quantis is a spin-off from the CIRAIG (www.ciraig.org), the largest life cycle research centre in the world. Fourteen international partners from key sectors of the economy, including energy, transportation, metals, chemical products, retail commerce, food and financial services.
Read press release
4 Jan 2012
A comprehensive study conducted by Quantis for the National Trust for Historic Preservation finds that reusing existing buildings almost always offers environmental savings over demolition and new construction —even if that new construction is energy-efficient. It can take up to 80 years for a new, energy-efficient building to compensate, through more efficient operations, for the negative climate change impacts created during the construction process.
7 Apr 2011
the Sustainable Water Management Group published on 1st April 2011 the Quarterly Notes on Sustainable Water Management. Contributions come from various key stakeholders being pioneers in sustainability. Economic issues are addressed as well as issues like Quantis water data base project, and the mutual effects of climate change and water treatment.
3 Jan 2011
Quantis conducted three online calculators, which allow you to quickly estimate the potential savings of CO2 made following the implementation of certain solutions of Orange Business Services.
16 Nov 2010
Amanda Pike's presentation "LCA as the Centerpiece for Sustainable Design".
And Jon Dettling's presentation "LCA of Waste Prevention in the Residential Housing Sector in Oregon, USA"
6 Oct 2010
Publication of the LCA conducted by Quantis US in the 2009 Nestlé Waters report.
10 Aug 2010
One year after....update on the project that started in August 2009. The Caudrelier brothers are working in partnership with Quantis.
2 Aug 2010
Orange developped, in partnership with Quantis, a tool that enables you to assess the CO2 emission savings achieved through the deployment of a telepresence solution.
6 Jul 2010
Lausanne welcomes the world biggest gymnastic event for all and choose Quantis as the sustainability partner, with the first Quantis i-eco online.
1 Jul 2010
Switcher does the LCA of it's products by using Quantis software. CSR report.
1 Jun 2010
10 May 2010
Quantis won the price Vittoz Cap International. This price offered opportunities to start-up to expand their commercial activities in the US.
5 Mar 2010
Quantis seeks to recruit a highly motivated and dynamic Life Cycle Analyst to complete its US team.
8 Feb 2010
Oregon Department of Envionmental Quality has hired Quantis USA to conduct an environmental screening of a list of 20+ waste prevention practices, followed by more detailed life cycle analysis of practices that appear to have the greatest potential benefit.
4 Feb 2010
Nestle Waters North America Releases First Comprehensive Study, Conducted by Quantis, to Examine Carbon Footprints of Packaged Beverages.