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Quantis launches geoFootprint, a tool accelerating sustainable agriculture by harnessing the power of satellite imagery

Lausanne, Switzerland – January 26, 2021 – Leading sustainability consulting firm Quantis launches geoFootprint, the first tool to use satellite imagery to visualize the environmental impact of crops on an interactive world map for smarter, science-driven decision making on sustainability. A multi-stakeholder initiative, geoFootprint was built collaboratively with more than 25 public, private and academic partners aiming to accelerate sustainable agriculture through innovation. With its global overview of crop footprints, geoFootprint closes the gap between the action needed to make agriculture more sustainable, and the knowledge required to pursue it.  

Agriculture is a significant contributor to climate change, responsible for more than 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions. To tackle the environmental crisis, companies need a clear picture of the impact of their sourcing decisions. Globalized supply chains make this a complex challenge: Crops are traded globally, but their footprints are calculated locally. How and where a crop is grown changes the size of its environmental footprint.

geoFootprint is the first tool to combine data from satellite imagery with environmental metrics to allow users to visualize the footprints of key commodity crops on an interactive world map at high resolution.

geoFootprint opens up a new information channel, bringing visibility of on-the-farm and upstream impacts (from deforestation, fertilizer use, irrigation, land management and other factors) directly to strategic-level decision makers. Drawing on the best sources of publicly available data and displaying it on an interactive, high-resolution world map, geoFootprint fills a critical knowledge gap for companies and stakeholders across the supply chain. Questions about the environmental impacts of crops that were nearly impossible to answer can now be resolved in a matter of minutes. Users can easily understand a crop’s geography-specific footprint, identify what contributes to it and run simulations to see which interventions would have the most positive environmental impact on their supply chain. 

In addition to delivering insights to inform sustainability decisions, geoFootprint enables users to assess the risks posed by changes in climate, water availability and quality, soil health, and biodiversity to secure supply chains and the future of food. 

Xavier Bengoa, the geoFootprint project lead and a senior sustainability consultant at Quantis said:

“While agriculture is one of the largest contributors to the climate and biodiversity crisis, it also represents one of the most high-potential solutions. geoFootprint enables companies to reduce the environmental footprint of crops in their supply chains through providing insights that until now have been nearly impossible to capture. It fills a giant knowledge gap that will allow us to accelerate the sustainable transformation of agriculture.”

Laura Overton, Sustainability Accounting Senior Manager, Mars Incorporated and geoFootprint partner stated: “geoFootprint promises to fulfill a valuable need for companies to better understand and ultimately to reduce their carbon footprints. The potential of the tool lies in combining spatially-detailed agricultural impacts with location-specific sourcing data.” 

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About geoFootprint

geoFootprint powerfully combines data from satellite imagery with more than 20 environmental metrics to visualize the environmental footprints of 15 key commodity crops on an interactive world map, delivering granular data that yields sharper insights for strategic decision making. 

An initiative launched by Quantis in 2018 with financial support from EIT Climate-KIC, geoFootprint was built collaboratively in partnership with more than 25 public, private and academic stakeholders, including arx iT, Cool Farm Alliance and leading agrifood companies. 

To enhance public knowledge on sustainable agriculture, the team created an open-access version of geoFootprint that makes solid environmental data of key commodity crops accessible to non-expert audiences, students or stakeholders that may not otherwise have access to this information. geoFootprint and geoFootprint Open will be publicly available in January 2021. The crops include barley, cotton, maize, oil palm, peanut, potato, rapeseed, rice, rye, sorghum, soybean, sugar beet, sugarcane, sunflower and wheat.

Discover geoFootprint at www.geofootprint.com

About Quantis 

Quantis guides top organizations to define, shape and implement intelligent environmental sustainability solutions. In a nutshell, our creative geeks take the latest science and make it actionable. Our team of talents delivers resilient strategies, robust metrics, useful tools and credible communications for a more sustainable future.

A sustainability consulting group known for our metrics-based approach to sustainability, Quantis has offices in the US, France, Switzerland, Germany and Italy and has a diverse client portfolio that spans the globe.

We are Quantis: sustainability’s scientists, experts, strategists, innovators and visionaries.

Discover Quantis at www.quantis-intl.com

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SPICE launches publicly available ecodesign tool to measure and reduce the environmental footprint of cosmetics packaging

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Paris, France, September 22, 2020 – The Sustainable Packaging Initiative for Cosmetics (SPICE), co-founded by global beauty group L’Oréal and leading sustainability consulting firm Quantis, is proud to announce the launch of an online ecodesign tool to measure and reduce the environmental footprint of any cosmetic packaging throughout its life cycle. The publicly available SPICE Tool is the latest solution developed by the 25 members of SPICE created to shape the future of sustainable cosmetics packaging while addressing the issues that beauty and personal care companies face while trying to improve the environmental performance of their products’ packaging (see more about SPICE below). Along with the Tool, SPICE releases a set of best practice materials, including environmental claims guidelines.

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The Sustainable Packaging Initiative for Cosmetics – SPICE – releases a science-based ecodesign tool that assesses the environmental footprint of any cosmetics packaging, empowering cosmetics packaging engineers to make more sustainable design choices and accelerate innovation toward sustainability.

A publicly-available tool to drive sustainable packaging innovation

The SPICE Tool solves one of the key sustainability challenges facing the beauty industry: embedding ecodesign into the packaging development process. This easy-to-use platform, with a Free demo version and a Pro version, makes robust environmental data accessible to packaging designers, giving them the insights they need to develop more resilient packaging designs. The Tool calculates a holistic environmental footprint across the full lifecycle of a product’s packaging (from production to end-of-life), covering 16 environmental indicators that assess impacts on climate change as well as resource depletion, water use, biodiversity and more. Beauty companies now have an easy way to measure, improve and communicate more credibly on their packaging’s environmental performance.

Learn more about the SPICE Tool.

“The SPICE Tool ushers the entire cosmetics industry into a new era of sustainable packaging innovation,” affirms Dimitri Caudrelier, CEO of Quantis. “It delivers robust environmental metrics and actionable insights for packaging designers to make resilient decisions. This is a huge step toward SPICE’s mission to collectively shape the future of sustainable packaging — and we’re just getting started!”

“As the co-founder of SPICE, L’Oréal is proud to see the initiative uniting the cosmetics industry around a shared vision of sustainable packaging,” adds Philippe Bonningue, Group Global Director of Sustainable Packaging at L’Oréal. “For more than a decade, we have been committed to innovating our packaging toward sustainability. We are pleased to share this experience to help develop the SPICE Tool so that, together, we can drive the industry’s sustainable transformation.”

SPICE delivers key resources to support a resilient future for beauty

In addition to the SPICE Tool, the initiative has released other valuable resources to support ecodesign decision making and improve the environmental performance of the entire packaging value chain:

  • Guidelines for environmental claims: cosmetics-specific guidance that establishes minimum requirements and strong recommendations for providing credible packaging sustainability information to consumers and other audiences;
  • Environmental datasets: metrics to populate the SPICE Tool database; and
  • The SPICE Primer: a communications brief presenting the mission and work of SPICE.

To encourage industry-wide use of the SPICE Tool and additional resources, SPICE has made them all publicly-available on the SPICE website. Visit www.open-spice.com.

Notes to the Editor | Industry organizations share enthusiasm for the SPICE Tool

We are delighted to promote the SPICE Tool, a science-based, data-driven approach to measuring the environmental footprint of cosmetic packaging, to PCPC’s membership and the broader industry. We applaud the companies and organizations that are working in pre-competitive collaborations to develop tools and processes to ensure the responsible management of impacts that our industry creates.” – Lisa Powers, EVP Public Affairs and Communications, Personal Care Products Council

“The cost of developing a robust environmental footprinting tool has been a barrier for many small and medium-sized cosmetics companies that want to implement ecodesign in packaging development. By making the SPICE Tool publicly available, the SPICE Initiative helps the whole industry move forward, getting everyone on board to design the future of sustainable packaging. Not only by providing an innovative ecodesign tool but also by showing that cooperation is the most effective way to move forward. It is an important milestone in the ecological transition of the beauty industry.” Patrick O’Quin, President, FEBEA (Fédération des Entreprises de la Beauté) 

About SPICE

The Sustainable Packaging Initiative for Cosmetics (SPICE) is a pre-competitive initiative co-founded by global beauty group L’Oréal and leading sustainability consulting firm Quantis to develop collective solutions that will accelerate progress toward sustainable packaging for cosmetics. It has 25 members to date, including cosmetics companies Albéa, Aptar, Avon, Axilone, Chanel, Clarins, Coty, Estée Lauder Companies, Heinz-Glas, Hermès Parfums, L’Occitane en Provence, L’Oréal, LVMH, Mary Kay, Groupe Pochet, Schwan Cosmetics, Shiseido, Sisley; and organizations CITEO, Cosmetic Valley, Elipso, FEBEA, FEVE, PCPC and RecyClass.

About L’Oréal

L’Oréal has devoted itself to beauty for over 100 years. With its unique international portfolio of 34 diverse and complementary brands, the Group generated sales amounting to 26.02 billion euros in 2017 and employs 82,600 people worldwide. As the world’s leading beauty company, L’Oréal is present across all distribution networks: mass market, department stores, pharmacies and drugstores, hair salons, travel retail, branded retail and e-commerce.

Research and innovation, and a dedicated research team of 3,885 people, are at the core of L’Oréal’s strategy, working to meet beauty aspirations all over the world. L’Oréal’s sustainability commitment for 2020 “Sharing Beauty With All” sets out ambitious sustainable development objectives across the Group’s value chain.

For more information: http://mediaroom.loreal.com/en/

About Quantis

Quantis guides top organizations to define, shape and implement intelligent environmental sustainability solutions. In a nutshell, our creative geeks take the latest science and make it actionable. Our team of talents delivers resilient strategies, robust metrics, useful tools, and credible communications for a more sustainable future.

A sustainability consulting group known for our metrics-based approach to sustainability, Quantis has offices in the US, France, Switzerland, Germany and Italy and has a diverse client portfolio that spans the globe.

We are Quantis: sustainability’s scientists, experts, strategists, innovators and visionaries.

Discover Quantis at www.quantis-intl.com.

For media enquiries, contact:
Anne-Florence Lécolier
Marketing Lead, Quantis
af.lecolier@quantis-intl.com
+33/ 9 63 23 04 67

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Quantis Announces New CEO and Appointment of Strategic Positions

Quantis Announces New CEO

Leading environmental sustainability consulting firm Quantis appoints new CEO and reinforces its team to amplify the group’s mission of accelerating the sustainable transformation of business.


Paris, France — June 30, 2020 — Respected sustainability consulting group Quantis is excited to announce a number of changes to strategic positions that will usher in a new era for Quantis, its people, its partners and its potential for sustainable impact on a global scale. To reinforce Quantis’ mission of accelerating this transformation, Dimitri Caudrelier has been tapped as CEO of Quantis, taking the reins after 11 years with the group. Previously Director of Quantis France, Caudrelier succeeds Emmanuelle Aoustin in this role, effective immediately.

“Quantis has been on an incredible journey, progressing alongside the integration of sustainability into and across businesses. I’m pleased that Dimitri has accepted to take Quantis to the next level. Most importantly, Dimitri is admired for his sincerity and compassion as a leader, one who exemplifies the mission of Quantis. He’s a visionary thinker with a sharp understanding of how businesses can tackle the biggest challenge of our time,” describes Manuele Margni, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Quantis, adding, “On behalf of all Quantis stakeholders, I want to thank Emmanuelle for her leadership, commitment, and accomplishments to the group during a significant phase of transformation in our history.” 

“It has been my honor to have led the great team at Quantis, who will always be an inspiration to me. I am incredibly proud of all that we have accomplished together with our clients to embed sustainability strategies and solutions into business practices. I am grateful to have had this experience together and I leave knowing that Quantis is set up to continue impacting even more positive change into its next chapter,” Emmanuelle Aoustin says.

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"Together, we must design a new world, one where businesses operate within our planet’s boundaries while elevating our social fabric."

Dimitri Caudrelier, Quantis CEO

Quantis’ new CEO brings a dynamic to the group to match its ambition. Dimitri Caudrelier is as passionate about Quantis and sustainability as he is about sailing from the coast of his native Brittany. He joined Quantis Lausanne in 2009 and shortly thereafter led an expedition to raise awareness for the environment around the globe. He authored the book “100 pionniers pour la planète” (100 Pioneers for the Planet), the fruit of this sailing expedition that took him to 21 countries over 21 months. Over the last decade with Quantis, Dimitri has proven himself as a sustainability analyst, consultant, and then most recently as Director of Quantis Paris for the last 6 years.

“I’m honored to now lead our entire team and our mission at Quantis. We have achieved great transformation over the past years with Emmanuelle and I look forward to bringing a fresh new dynamic and vision to our people and the work we do,” explains Dimitri Caudrelier, the newly appointed CEO of Quantis.

 “It’s not the moment to slow down on sustainability. 2020 is not canceled; it can still be the year that opens up the decade of change. Together, we must design a new world, one where businesses operate within our planet’s boundaries while elevating our social fabric,” Caudrelier highlights.

 Already in 2020, Quantis has been readying its organization to drive the change that’s necessary to build a sustainable future by hiring great people across Consulting, Talent, Administration & Finance, Communication & Engagement Services, Marketing, Digital Solutions and more. To make even more progress, other key roles have been filled or shifted amongst the teams:

To lead our Paris-based team, Anne Désérable has accepted to take on the role of Director, Quantis France, replacing Caudrelier. Sarah Beaubien transitions from Head of Western US to Director, Quantis US, replacing Bryan Sheehan, who is leaving Quantis to pursue other opportunities in sustainability. Quantis US will also welcome five new colleagues to reinforce its West Coast presence in July. For the Berlin-based team, Ivo Mersiowsky joins the group as Director, Quantis Germany.

I am very proud of the progress the Quantis US team has made in the past 3 years, including remarkable business and team growth to help our clients take even bolder sustainability commitments and actions. It has been my great honor to have had the chance to lead this wonderful and amazingly talented team,” remarked Bryan Sheehan. “I know that Sarah and the team are well-positioned to take this success and our client collaborators even further in the coming years.”

To reinforce Quantis’ leadership and focus, some newly created roles are filled by senior consultants within the group. Annabelle Stamm as Director, Client Relations and Charlotte Bande as Global Head of Climate Strategy. Gregory Simonnin will lead Quantis’ Corporate Footprint Services.

Learn more about the current openings on the Quantis Join us! page. And follow Quantis on LinkedIn to be the first to know about upcoming roles in Quantis’ service areas and sectors, such as food, cosmetics, fashion and more!

For media enquiries, contact:

Anne-Florence Lecolier
France Marketing Lead
anne-florence.lecolier@quantis-intl.com
+33/ 9.63.23.04.67

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New report outlines the critical actions for beauty brands to consider for a sustainable business transition

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Paris, France – May 19, 2020 – A new report published today by leading sustainability consulting group Quantis maps the urgent actions that cosmetics and personal care brands must consider to reconcile sustainability with today’s fast-changing world. The report, Make Up the Future: Levers of change for a sustainable cosmetics business, provides a primer on the top issues the $488 billion global cosmetics industry [1] faces today and delivers a palette of science-based solutions that will build business resilience. The report is also a call to action for beauty players to join forces to fill critical data gaps to enhance understanding of the industry’s impacts.

“Quantis’ Cosmetics Report outlines some of the key science-based actions that our industry can collectively take to scale and accelerate the transformations required to make tangible progress on sustainability. Well-worth the read.” — Lisa Powers, EVP Public Affairs & Communications, Personal Care Products Council (PCPC)

A valuable new resource for cosmetics and personal care players to become sustainable businesses and thrive in today’s fast-changing world.

In Make Up the Future, Quantis demonstrates how science-driven action across three levels — industry, corporate and product — is critical for shaping a sustainable future for cosmetics. The report offers an unprecedented look inside today’s beauty and personal care industry to help brands prioritize efforts on the topics that will have a meaningful impact and accelerate industry-wide action. The report draws on Quantis’ scientific expertise and extensive experience in cosmetics sustainability as well as concrete examples from industry sustainability leaders BeautyCounter, Chanel, Coty, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., French Federation for Beauty Companies (Fédération des Entreprises de la Beauté – FEBEA), Groupe Rocher, L’Oréal, the Personal Care and Cosmetics Council (PCPC), among others.

Topics covered in the Make Up the Future report include:

  • Science-based targets and planetary boundaries
  • Innovation and circularity
  • Metrics-driven decisions and strategies
  • The power of pre-competitive collaboration
  • Product and brand transparency
  • Naturality
  • Ecotoxicity

“Climate change, shifting lifestyles and stakeholder expectations around sustainability will define beauty for the next decade. The time is now to take action to transition to a sustainable model. Indeed, it’s time to design — to make up — the future we want for beauty and personal care,” incites Dimitri Caudrelier, Director of Quantis France and Global Cosmetics Industry Lead, adding, “As a first step, brands will need to assess whether they are operating within or above our planet’s boundaries.”

A valuable resource to foster brand resilience + accelerate action

To ensure industry efforts meet what scientists say is needed to limit global warming to 1.5˚C, cosmetics companies must act decisively. Featuring insights and analysis from Quantis, case studies from industry sustainability leaders, and descriptive infographics, the report delves into the most relevant issues for cosmetics and personal care from an industry, corporate and product perspective. The report will set sustainability managers, corporate decision-makers and their teams up to:

  • Prioritize efforts and resources on the topics that will make a meaningful difference;
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration and innovation within companies and across the industry;
  • Collect high-quality, consistent and representative data to understand environmental impacts across the value chain;
  • Set bold environmental goals that will lay the foundation for resilience in a resource-constrained world; and
  • Accelerate industry-wide action to make up a sustainable future for cosmetics.

A critical look at cosmetics’ environmental data gaps

Data can be a major catalyst for meaningful change. For the cosmetics industry to catch up to FMCG categories more advanced on sustainability, it will need more, high-quality, comprehensive data to understand the full scale and scope of its environmental impacts. In an effort to shed light on key areas of impact, Quantis produced the first full value chain environmental footprint estimate of the cosmetics and personal care industry. Quantis’ estimates, based on currently available data, puts its contribution to global CO2 emissions anywhere between 0.5% to 5%, highlighting the need for additional data to calculate a more complete picture of the industry’s impacts. What the estimated footprint data can identify, however, is that the raw materials, packaging, transportation and use phase stages are the main areas where innovative and science-backed solutions can lead to significant impact reduction.

Further support for the Make Up the Future report:

“Consumers increasingly demand beauty products that are clean, safe, transparent, ethically sourced and sustainable. The only way to deliver these goals is to get serious about sustainability. Quantis’ report shows us how.” — Gregg Renfrew, CEO and Founder, Beautycounter

“Consumers are looking for transparency and product offerings that have a positive impact on our planet and society. Sustainability is no longer a trend, it is a license to operate. This report draws on Quantis’ expertise to empower beauty companies to tackle key environmental issues head-on and transform into sustainable and resilient businesses. We look forward to sharing this exciting resource with the Cosmoprof community.”Mattia Miglio, International Marketing Manager, Cosmoprof

Want to learn more?

WEBINAR JUNE 10: Hear from Quantis, L’Oréal and other sustainability leaders in beauty as they share their journeys and how to leverage this new resource to transition your brand to a sustainable business model. Register for the WEBINAR: Make Up the Future Webinar: Beauty leaders share how science-based actions can positively change the industry’s image and its impact.

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About Quantis

Quantis guides top organizations to define, shape and implement intelligent environmental sustainability solutions. In a nutshell, our creative geeks take the latest science and make it actionable. Our team of talents delivers resilient strategies, robust metrics, useful tools, and credible communications for a more sustainable future.

A sustainability consulting group known for our metrics-based approach to sustainability, Quantis has offices in the US, France, Switzerland, Germany and, Italy and has a diverse client portfolio that spans the globe, including AccorHotels, Arla, Barry Callebaut, BASF, Chanel, Clarins, Coty, Danone, Estée Lauder Companies, Inc., the European Commission, Firmenich, General Mills, Hugo Boss, Intel, Kering, Lavazza, Lenzing, L’Oréal, LVMH, Mondelēz International, Nestlé, Sympatex, UEFA, Unilever, RIO 2016, Riri, WWF and more.

We are Quantis: sustainability’s scientists, experts, strategists, innovators and visionaries.

Discover Quantis at www.quantis-intl.com

For media enquiries, contact:
Anne-Florence Lecolier
France Marketing Lead
makeup@quantis-intl.com
+33/ 9 63 23 04 67

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Quantis hires seasoned sustainability strategist to lead western US development

Sarah Beaubien

April 27, 2020, Boston, US – Sustainability consulting group Quantis is proud to welcome seasoned sustainability strategist Sarah Beaubien to lead the firm’s expansion in the Western US. Her role as Head of Western US is key to the development of Quantis given its significant client and partnership base in the region. With this foundation, Sarah is in a prime position to advance Quantis’ mission, advisory services and relationships in this area, while building and growing the team’s presence within the strong sustainability community there. 

“Over the past few years, Quantis has been strengthening our presence across the US, serving more clients to drive sustainable change throughout their organizations. We take pride in working closely with our partners, so it was time to grow a more local presence in the West,” explains Bryan Sheehan, Director of Quantis US. “Sarah has the ideal package of skills for this role because she brings a high level of strategic and practical sustainability knowledge, corporate sustainability experience and leadership skills to the team.”

Sarah Beaubien

Sarah Beaubien joins Quantis in Head of Western US role to lead the expansion of the group’s growing presence in the region

Sarah Beaubien joins the group with over a decade of experience in the corporate environment focusing on developing impactful sustainability strategies. She is recognized for her keen ability to create synergies among complex stakeholder groups. Over the past decade, Sarah has gained valuable skills navigating boards, executives, farmers, legislators, NGOs, academics and other thought leaders in integrating sustainability with business. With the core of her background in consumer goods, Sarah has significant experience providing leadership and building new partnerships to develop and deploy climate solutions. 

“After almost ten years of working with Quantis on the client side, I am thrilled to join this team of creative geeks. I understand first-hand the issues that Quantis’ clients are grappling with, which gives me a unique perspective as a strategic advisor for other businesses looking to accelerate their transformation,” shares the newly appointed Head of Western US, Sarah Beaubien. “I’m eager to develop diverse and meaningful partnerships that combine our clients’ commitments, Quantis’ deep bench of talents and our rich portfolio of services with my extensive business experience.” 

With a growing western team and Sarah as the lead, Quantis is now able to serve a wider pool of business partners and continue to build upon the very strong client relationships it has established in the Western US market, further advancing Quantis’ mission to deliver resilient strategies, robust metrics, useful tools and credible communications for a more sustainable future.

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About Quantis

Quantis guides top organizations to define, shape and implement intelligent environmental sustainability solutions. In a nutshell, our creative geeks take the latest science and make it actionable. Our team of talents delivers resilient strategies, robust metrics, useful tools, and credible communications for a more sustainable future.

A sustainability consulting group known for our metrics-based approach to sustainability, Quantis has offices in the US, France, Switzerland, Germany and Italy and has a diverse client portfolio that spans the globe, including All Birds, Barry Callebaut, Danone, Del Monte Foods, the European Commission, GE, General Mills, IKEA, Intel, The Kellogg Company, Kering, the Kraft Heinz Company, L’Oréal, LVMH, Mars, Microsoft, Mondelēz International, Nestlé, Olam, PepsiCo, Pirelli, Starbucks, Unilever, Veolia and more. 

We are Quantis: sustainability’s scientists, experts, strategists, innovators and visionaries.

(re)discover Quantis at www.quantis-intl.com

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Nassy Avramidis
nassy.avramidis@quantis-intl.com
+1 857 239-9290

First standardized guidelines to measure plastic pollution across corporate value chains published by the Plastic Leak Project

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  • The Plastic Leak Project, led by Quantis and EA in partnership with 35 public, private and scientific organizations, has released a methodology to conduct plastic leakage assessments.
  • For the first time, businesses have a standardized, science-driven way to map, measure and forecast plastic (including microplastic) leakage across their value chains.
  • These guidelines empower companies to translate their commitments to tackle plastic pollution into meaningful, metrics-based strategies and actions to reduce plastic leakage and mitigate business risks.
  • Developed through a year-long multi-stakeholder collaboration, this methodology fills a critical gap in science-driven solutions to urgently address plastic pollution.
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The Plastic Leak Project — a multi-stakeholder initiative to address plastic pollution worldwide

Lausanne, Switzerland – February 27, 2020 – Leading sustainability consulting group Quantis and ecodesign center EA, together with 35 member organizations and stakeholders, are pleased to announce the release of the Plastic Leak Project (PLP) Guidelines, the first standardized methodology to map, measure and forecast plastic leakage across corporate value chains. Plastic leakage is the potential amount of macro- and microplastics that are not kept in a circular loop or properly managed at their end-of-life, and thus leak into the environment. The PLP guidelines allow companies to move from commitment to science-based plastic strategies and meaningful actions on addressing plastic pollution.

Following a yearlong collaboration within the scope of the multi-stakeholder Plastic Leak Project and rigorous testing of the methodology through two in-depth pilot projects, the pioneering guidelines and proof-of-concept case studies are publicly available today. [Download the Plastic Leak Project Methodological Guidelines and Brief.]

The Plastic Leak Project has made important advancements towards a credible accounting system for plastic leakage at product level,” affirms WWF-US’s Alix Grabowski, Manager, Plastics and Packaging — a PLP member. “This process has brought together many key organizations and provided a robust way forward. It’s essential that all stakeholders commit to improving data collection and transparency regarding plastic value chains, waste management, and pollution, and we see these guidelines as one piece of the puzzle as we work towards our broader No Plastic in Nature vision.”

A powerful methodology for driving meaningful action

Developed for companies, the PLP guidelines provide businesses at all stages of the value chain with a robust, standardized method for calculating and reporting estimates of plastic and microplastic leakage at both the corporate and product level. Based on a leading-edge life cycle assessment approach, the guidelines lay out the sources and pathways of plastic leakage across the globe. With a plastic leakage assessment, companies can locate hotspots, understand how much leakage is occurring and identify the factors contributing to plastic pollution across their value chains. The results can be used by corporate decision-makers, sustainability managers, product and packaging designers, and R&D and marketing teams to develop plastics strategies, define priorities and targeted actions, improve product ecodesign efforts, identify value chain innovations, track progress and communicate credibly about the environmental performance of products and the business as a whole. All of which can ultimately mitigate business risks and strengthen brand reputation.

“Plastic pollution is a hot-button issue for businesses across sectors,” states Quantis Senior Sustainability Consultant and Plastic Leak Project Lead, Laura Peano, “so companies have made bold commitments to address their plastic leakage. To ensure their efforts are focused on areas of greatest impact, they need data-driven solutions. That’s what the PLP guidelines provide: clear metrics and guidance to map, measure and forecast plastic leakage in their own industry and supply chains.

The Plastic Leak Project — a multi-stakeholder initiative to address plastic pollution worldwide

The Plastic Leak Project was launched in 2019 by Quantis and EA to develop smart metrics for businesses to use to build meaningful corporate strategies to tackle plastic pollution. It brings together stakeholders from across the plastics value chain, representing a diversity of expertise and industries: Adidas, Arla Foods, Braskem, CITEO, Cotton Incorporated, Cyclos, Decathlon, DOW, Eastman, Enel X, European Bioplastics, European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers’ Association, International Wool Textile Organization, Mars, Incorporated, McDonald’s Corporation, PlasticsEurope, RadiciGroup, Sympatex Technologies and The Woolmark Company.

The Project’s strategic committee is comprised of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the Life Cycle Initiative, the United Nations Environment Programme, and the World Business Council For Sustainable Development. The advisory board includes, among others, experts from CIRAIG, European Commission Joint Research Centre, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, National Geographic Society and WWF.

IUCN’s ambitious programme on marine plastics engages a wide range of stakeholders, including governments, industries and society. We are confident the PLP methodology will be a valuable contribution to this work by encouraging businesses to harness the latest science on plastic leakage to drive transformative change. Until now, the focus has been on sounding the alarm on the plastics crisis. The time has come for collective action and metrics-based decision-making to drastically reduce plastic pollution.” — Gerard Bos, Director of Global Business and Biodiversity Programme, IUCN – International Union for Conservation of Nature

Moving from commitments to metrics-based problem solving

The race to end plastic pollution is on. Of the estimated 8300 million metric tons of virgin plastic produced between 1950–2015, only 7% has been recycled, while more than half — approximately 4900 million metric tons — has ended up in landfill or leaked into the environment, according to Geyer et al. 2017. Growing awareness around the environmental impact and scale of plastic pollution has made the issue a top priority and risk for businesses in sectors ranging from agri-food to consumer goods and shipping. Companies face growing pressure from investors, consumers and increasingly governments to take urgent action toward a circular model of plastics management.

Until now, businesses have lacked clear and reliable data and methods to translate their bold commitments into actions with measurable and tangible impact. As a result, many of the policies and efforts to-date have been based on best guesses rather than science. While critical for reducing plastic waste, these measures don’t get to the root causes of plastic pollution.

“Through the Plastic Leak Project, we’ve taken the latest science and built consensus among key sectors on a shared method for calculating plastic leakage,” states Julien Boucher, Director of ecodesign center EA. “This actionable metric is a major step forward — it is the tool companies need to design better products and data-driven strategies to stop plastic pollution along their value chains.”

This science-driven approach to tackling plastic pollution enables companies to:

  • Minimize risks and build resilience across their value chains
  • Uncover opportunities for product and supply chain management innovation
  • Strengthen brand reputation by demonstrating leadership in tackling plastic pollution
  • Build trust and buy-in among stakeholders through credible communications

Join the informational webinar

To raise awareness on this new methodology for plastic leakage assessment, Quantis is hosting a public webinar with IUCN, Sympatex and Arla Foods to present the PLP guidelines and highlight how sustainability managers and corporate decision-makers can leverage this new resource to drive effective plastic pollution strategies. Register for the WEBINAR: Tackling plastic pollution – introducing science-driven guidelines to address plastic leakage in corporate value chains on April 2nd.

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Learn more about the Plastic Leak Project and download the PLP Brief + Methodological Guidelines

 

About Quantis

Quantis guides top organizations to define, shape and implement intelligent environmental sustainability solutions. In a nutshell, our creative geeks take the latest science and make it actionable. Our team of talents delivers resilient strategies, robust metrics, useful tools, and credible communications for a more sustainable future.

A sustainability consulting group known for our metrics-based approach to sustainability, Quantis has offices in the US, France, Switzerland, Germany and, Italy and Colombia and has a diverse client portfolio that spans the globe, including AccorHotels, Arla, Barry Callebaut, BASF, Danone, Decathlon, the European Commission, FrieslandCampina, General Mills, Hugo Boss, Intel, Kering, Lavazza, Lenzing, L’Oréal, LVMH, Mondelēz International, Nestlé, Sympatex, UEFA, Unilever, RIO 2016, Riri, WWF and more.

We are Quantis: sustainability’s scientists, experts, strategists, innovators and visionaries.

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About EA

EA is an ecodesign centre based in Switzerland (www.shaping-ea.com), member of the European Network of Ecodesign Centres (ENEC).

Founded by Julien Boucher, also co-founder of Quantis, EA has developed a unique expertise in the field of marine plastic pollution and plastic footprinting.

In collaborations with the IUCN and the UNEP, EA’s work includes the development of models to predict the leakage of plastics and microplastic from different sources, and ongoing projects include regional or value chain assessment of plastic leakage as well as the development of guidance for countries on how to shape actions toward closing the plastic tap.

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Maria Zafeiridou
Quantis Communications + Marketing Coordinator,
Maria.zafeiridou@quantis-intl.com
+41/ 2 13 53 59 10

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