The Irish Times | The Irish Times featured findings from new research released by Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) uncovering barriers for Irish businesses on their decarbonization journey. Quantis was commissioned to examine how ready the signatories of BITCI’s Low Carbon Pledge were to commit to science-based targets, including reducing Scope 3 value chain emissions. We are proud to have contributed to the report, which includes best practices and specific sectoral guidance to support signatories on their sustainability journey.
RTS | What is my digital footprint? How many cups of coffee are equal to the environmental footprint of my steak?
To empower the Swiss public to make more informed environmental choices, Quantis was tasked with calculating the environmental footprint of 50+ day-to-day activities with the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN). Highlighting new insights on people’s digital footprint, our co-founder Sébastien Humbert shared results on Radio Télévision Swiss (RTS).
Discover the story (in French):
- Read RTS “Écobilans de nos gestes du quotidien”
- Watch RTS “Tout numérique : le coût écologique du clic” [interview at 10:25 – 15:15]
- Listen to RTS “On en parle – enquête: écobilans de nos gestes du quotidien” [interview at 12:25 – 20:00]
Store 1000 pictures on the cloud for 1 year = 6 coffees
Eat a 250g swiss beef steak = 68,6 coffees
Opinion Finance | Recently highlighted in a French Opinion Finance article, The innovative NEC (Net Environmental Contribution) metric for sustainable finance developed by Quantis, Sycomore Asset Management and ICare & Consult will be used to manage a 230 million euros fund dedicated to fighting climate change. Our partner Sycomore Asset Management won the bid to manage this European Equity Fund commissioned by 12 institutional investors, including la Caisse des dépôts and EDF. This call for tenders reveals the growing interest in integrating environmental impact into asset management, as well as the need for robust metrics that integrate full value-chain impacts. The NEC metric is a publicly available metric managed and improved by the NEC Initiative.
Starbucks is brewing a goal to become “resource positive” on carbon, water and waste, while eventually moving away from single-use packaging […].
Under the 2030 goals, which are preliminary and serve as the focus for the year ahead, the Seattle chain pledges to slash the following three areas each in half: carbon emissions; landfill waste from stores and manufacturing facilities; and the water it uses across coffee production and operations […].
That include working with Quantis and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to measure carbon, waste and water footprints across Starbucks’ global supply chain for the first time. […] All in all, Scope 3 emissions account for 96 percent of Starbucks’ overall carbon footprint.
“In UBQ, nothing goes to waste,” Bigio said as he led visitors on a tour, past dunes of confetti awaiting their metamorphosis. “Metals and glass go to recyclers. There’s no water in the process, so it’s really efficient in terms of the environment.”
Read how UBQ Materials is turning organic waste into plastic, keeping large amounts of methane out of the atmosphere. UBQ asked Quantis, “how large?” We answered, “It’s big! To the best of our knowledge, the UBQ Material is the most climate positive plastic available today.”
French bank Natixis has become the first bank to actively manage its balance sheet’s climate impact, thanks to its new Green Weighting Factor methodology that Quantis helped build.
Developed in partnership with Quantis, Carbone 4 and I Care & Consult, The Green Weighting Factor uses a sector-specific approach to determine an activity’s impact on climate and other environmental issues such as water, biodiversity, waste and pollution. The tool provides Natixis with greater clarity on the environmental impacts of its financing activities and will allow it to set climate targets aligned with the Paris Agreement.
“Driving sustainable transformation requires a huge shift in capital allocation. We’re proud to have contributed to this ground-breaking decision-making tool that empowers Natixis to drive its financing towards greener activities. I look forward to seeing other large banks follow!”
Senior Sustainability Consultant, Quantis
Quantis is proud to have contributed to this project’s success in the role we know best: serving as the bridge between science and business. This project allowed us to translate our environmental expertise into a tailored, robust yet accessible tool for financial decision-making.
As Natixis applies this metric across the €127bn of its Corporate & Investment Banking arm, it will influence project risk assessment, and give greener projects access to greater capital.
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Senior Sustainability Consultant