The Green Impact
Assessment™
Methodology

Green Impact File G++++ Green

The Green Impact Assessment Methodology:

Sustainary’s Green Impact Assessment acts as a roadmap to SMEs and Start-ups looking to assess, improve, and understand their product/service’s impact.

The Assessment methodology follows a straightforward yet catered structure, allowing start-ups at all stages in their development as well as SMEs to measure their product/service. The methodology results in a Green Score and identifies where a company is exceeding, falling short, and its future direction.

The methodology framework consists of 4 Key Impact Areas, Exclusion Criteria and Risk Criteria. Information and data are drawn from GHG Protocol, ISO and GRI standards, and the SDGs to assess a company’s business model, product life cycle, and ESG impact. Our partners at DTU and Reykjavik University have contributed throughout the creation of the methodology.

What we measure

The Green Impact Assessment™ looks at impactful solutions to assess their level of impact through an integrated framework combining five key aspects of sustainability:

Market Adaptation

Evaluation of your product business model, competitive advantage, diversity, environment/social goals, innovation capacity, accessibility, and vertical adaptability.

Environmental Impact

Evaluation of your impact regarding water and land pollution, energy usage, CO2 emissions, biodiversity, circularity and waste.

Life cycle analysis

Evaluation of the life cycle framework, including raw materials, manufacturing/processing, transportation, usage/retail, and waste disposal.

Social Impact

Evaluation of your impact regarding to what extent it creates value for the wider community and stakeholders.

Market Adaptation

Evaluation of your product business model, competitive advantage, diversity, environment/social goals, innovation capacity, accessibility, and vertical adaptability.

Life cycle analysis

Evaluation of the life cycle framework, including raw materials, manufacturing/processing, transportation, usage/retail, and waste disposal.

Environmental Impact

Evaluation of your impact regarding water and land pollution, energy usage, CO2 emissions, biodiversity, circularity and waste.

Social Impact

Evaluation of your impact regarding to what extent it creates value for the wider community and stakeholders.

Exclusion Criteria

The purpose of the exclusion criteria is to identify the types of actions and methods your company has taken to measure its product life cycle and ESG impact. The objective of incorporating exclusion criteria into each impact area is to act as a guideline in identifying new opportunities, methods and targets your company can pursue in the future.

Risk Criteria

Sustainary acknowledges that every company incorporates a certain level of risk when running its business. The risk criteria questions evaluate the level of risk a company is exposed to throughout the impact areas.

Green Score

How well your solution scores on 4 key aspects of sustainability: Market Adaptation, Product/Service Life Cycle, Environmental Impact, and Social Impact.

Green Impact File G++++ Green

Score highly on each aspect and have conducted your own product life cycle assessment.
Achieved by scoring >90%.

Green Impact Assessment G+++

Score highly on each aspect but have not conducted your own product lifecycle.
Achieved by scoring between 75-89%.

Green Impact Assessment G++

Score highly on environmental impact and sustainable value creation, but have not yet begun identifying vertical adaptability or set targets.
Achieved by scoring between 60-74%.

Green Impact Assessment G+

A green product with great potential, but has not integrated its intended market.
Achieved by scoring between 40-59%.

If your solution fails to score above 40%. Sustainary will provide guidance and advice on how to improve your solution’s score

In order to maintain Sustainary’s Green Impact Assessment certification, a company must update their assessment annually by providing updated documentation to ensure that companies continue to uphold their solution’s life cycle and ESG impact as the business grows and develops. This also allows companies to set improved targets against the most up-to-date standards and benchmark their performance.

Note: The assessment is valid for 1 year.

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