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LVMH, Kering and a big new challenge: Biodiversity

Vogue Business | Major luxury brands were talking biodiversity at the IUCN World Conservation Congress and Vogue Business wrote about how the industry is tackling its impact on nature. Referenced in the article is the work led by Quantis to assess LVMH‘s footprint on nature, as Hélène Valade, environmental development director, explains the importance of robust measurements as key to build awareness about biodiversity impacts.

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Guiding the Italian fashion industry towards better manufacturing practices

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The Sustainable Mag | The Italian Chamber of Fashion published a document — sponsored by the Italian Ministry of Ecological Transition — to guide the entire Italian fashion industry towards better manufacturing practices in collaboration with Quantis Italy and a team of experts and brands — among them, Giorgio ArmaniValentinoGucciPrada and Versace. Quantis provided expertise to support guidelines on mixtures and chemicals in the fashion production chain for increased sustainability. Discover the article for more on how the new guidelines aim to help fashion players rethink entire production models and supply chains to transition to a sustainable industry.

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Quantis tool built for manufacturers to assess packaging’s environmental footprint

eQopack | A packaging assessment tool to drive sustainable innovation

Waste360 | Quantis’ digital solution — eQopack — was featured in Waste360, in a piece that outlines how the tool brings ecodesign expertise in-house to enable packaging engineers to make sustainable design choices. More and more brands are committing to drastically reduce packaging waste, yet the average packaging designer lacks the time and expertise to make these promises actionable. Quantis Head of Digital Solutions Catherine Zwahlen is interviewed to explain how the tool was developed in tandem with users to fill this gap and why brands are seeking a packaging design solution based on science. She’s quoted alongside one of eQopack’s first users, Bel, and Quantis’ technology partner Kleis.

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The Greener Good series: How does business adapt?

MPR News | As part of MPR News‘ “The Greener Good” series, Quantis’ Charlotte Bande was invited to share insights on how companies should approach business model transformation as part of a robust climate strategy. Marketplace‘s senior economics contributor Chris Farrell guided a lively discussion with public policy insights from Yale University‘s Daniel Esty and a corporate perspective from Dave Rapaport of Ben & Jerry‘s.

When it comes to corporate climate action, there’s a lot of talk about the challenges, but less about the practical solutions businesses can take to accelerate change. How can companies adapt? What about those that are just getting started on their climate strategy? How can companies shift to a resiliency mindset? Discover the interview for fresh, diverse perspectives on the top-of-mind issues as businesses embark on their climate journey.

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ClimateCast podcast: Fashion shouldn’t cost the Earth

Sky News | Quantis’ Global Apparel Lead, Angela Adams, was a guest on ClimateCastSky News‘ new podcast that unpacks the climate issues facing us and looks for promising solutions to change course. In this episode, Angela is invited to make the numbers sing — bringing data and science to highlight the scale of the fashion industry’s impact — and share insights on how companies and consumers can take action. She speaks alongside guests from the Ellen MacArthur FoundationFashion Revolution, the British Fashion Council and more for an engaging discussion on how to reshape a fashion industry that doesn’t cost the Earth.

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Quantis launches eQopack to evaluate the environmental footprint of packaging (in French)

eQopack | A packaging assessment tool to drive sustainable innovation

Emballages Magazine | Leading French packaging publication, Emballages Magazine, is talking about eQopackQuantis‘ new ecodesign tool. To drive sustainable improvements in packaging, brands need access to robust environmental insights. eQopack enables packaging design teams to assess the footprint of different pack options and simulate scenarios to bring down the impacts. Discover the article to see why companies like Bel are looking to eQopack to bring sustainable packaging expertise in-house.

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Sustainability in cosmetics: use phase has higher impact than packaging + transportation (in Italian)

Il Sole 24 Ore | Quantis’ Make Up the Future Report was featured in Il Sole 24 Ore in a piece that spotlighted sustainability insights for the cosmetics industry. It tackled some of the preconceived notions about the environmental hotspots across cosmetic brands’ value chains, as well as consumer preferences that shed light on the trends. 78% seek plastics-free packaging; 76% prefer to buy sustainable products and 75% opt for refillable and reusable packaging. Discover more insights in the article.

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Medicine, e-commerce and shoes: revelations about waste

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M6 Capital | Quantis’ Vanessa Pasquet was invited by French television channel M6’s show Capital, to break down the environmental impacts of the shoe industry for viewers. In France, one million pairs of shoes are purchased each day with limited recycling options at end of life. Vanessa walks us through the biggest impacts throughout the stages of a shoe’s lifecycle and points to a key solution to reduce the footprint: ecodesign.

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These new fragrances will be made from carbon captured from the atmosphere

Fast Company | Quantis partner Coty — the world’s largest fragrance company — is moving to use ethanol from recycled carbon emissions in its perfumes. Quantis helped Coty understand the environmental impacts of the new source of ethanol, developed by LanzaTech. A key ingredient in fragrances, the traditional production of ethanol uses sugarcane which, when produced on a large scale, comes with serious consequences, like deforestation, soil degradation and biodiversity loss. Quantis found that by switching to LanzaTech’s ethanol made from carbon emissions, Coty would see improvements in water consumption, land use and carbon emissions.

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Can “green” companies be trusted? Expert view: Without the courage to change, it’s only greenwashing (in Italian)

Repubblica | For true sustainability, leaders need the courage to challenge the “status quo” and business-as-usual. This is the key idea Simone Pedrazzini, Director of Quantis Italy shared in an interview with Repubblica, which dug into the concept of greenwashing — whether intentional or unintentional. A science-based approach paired with business acumen and the willingness to change are the key ingredients to a successful and credible sustainability strategy.

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Quantis leverages satellite tech to map crop footprint: ‘It fills a giant knowledge gap’

Food Navigator |  geoFootprint — Quantis’ tool that uses satellite technology to map the environmental impacts of crops on a world map — was featured in Food Navigator. geoFootprint is the result of a collaborative partnership with more than 25 food and agriculture leaders, including Unilever, Nestlé Research, Mars, WBCSD and the International Union for Conservation of Nature, with the common objective of transforming agriculture for a more sustainable food system. To reach this goal, corporate decision makers need clearer, more complete supply chain insights. geoFootprint fills this knowledge gap, enabling smarter, science-driven sustainability decision making.

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New research on the readiness of businesses in Ireland to reduce their carbon emissions

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.

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Quantis calculates footprint of daily activities for Swiss media (in French)

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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):

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Store 1000 pictures on the cloud for 1 year = 6 coffees

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Eat a 250g swiss beef steak = 68,6 coffees

The NEC metric for sustainable finance highlighted in a French Opinion Finance article

NEC metric for sustainable finance

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.

NEC metric for sustainable finance

Looking to leverage environmental science to make smarter decisions? Reach out to...

Vanessa Pasquet
Senior Sustainability Consultant
Quantis

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Starbucks commits to give more than it takes from the planet, and ditch disposable cups

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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.

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Israeli startup UBQ turning trash into plastic products

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“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.”

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Natixis launches tool to actively manage the climate impact of its balance sheet

Green Weighting Factor

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.

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“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!”

Benjamin Lenoel
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.

Looking to leverage environmental science to make smarter financing decisions? Reach out to...

Vanessa Pasquet
Senior Sustainability Consultant
Quantis

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