Opportunity: In international development, there’s an opportunity to design buildings right and avoid the embodied carbon from GHG intensive building materials
Process: Working with Ecocity Builders, inNative staff analyzed three building systems using EC3 (Embodied Carbon Construction Calculator) to understand tradeoffs and provide guidance on the best building choices in different situations.
Results: Armed with our findings, Ecocity Builders was able to provide building guidance into an overall ecocity development strategy co-developed with the community.
Opportunity: Innovative product leader needed a third-party assessment of the footprint of their products
Process: Leading the charge, inNative staff came up with 12+ product footprints by evaluating the GHG impacts of the feedstocks, applying emission factors, conducting quality control and weaving results together in both Excel and written report form for validation.
Results: Client gained credible claims to help highlight their products.
Opportunity: Air quality, water quality and other ecosystem markets present an opportunity to monetize and further incentivize goods and services that deliver air, water, and/or ecosystem improvements.
Process: In concert with Natural Capitalism Solutions, inNative quantified product lifecycle impacts and researched environmental services for a livestock feed additive producer to help monetize benefits and create new product markets. In support of the project, we performed staff interviews to build an understanding of market conditions, analyzed current literature to quantify environmental benefits of client products, and developed a detailed spreadsheet to calculate life-cycle benefits in a presentable, auditable and verifiable way.
Results: Client gained insight into the magnitude of benefits for their range of projects, and identified the products and markets holding their major opportunities.
Opportunity: In world where new product eco-labels are constantly emerging, how can consumers really understand what’s truly environmentally friendly?
Process: For a client, inNative helped develop a life-cycle assessment tool for household cleaners. In compiling this tool, we inventoried ingredients used in clean products, performed a literature research on chemical impacts and potential proxies, and identified relevant life-cycle inventory data. The spreadsheet style analytical tool equipped users to calculate different product scores and through a simple user interface that allowed for data entry of specific parameters.
Results: Client gained a user-friendly tool to rank and compare different cleaning products, which informed their decision-making and enabled them to reward high performers.