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IDENTIFY THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS
First, we identify the environmental issues that need to be tracked: climate change, water footprint, resources and waste, air quality, or biodiversity. They are selected and assigned a weight or relative value. Two to four environmental issues are singled out for each phase of the product’s or service’s life cycle.
CHOOSE THE PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
For each value chain, we quantify the most relevant environmental impacts. This involves assigning the values of measurement, (such as grams of CO2 equivalent per kilowatt, for the electricity framework), which allows us to determine the performance indicators.
CALIBRATE THE FRAMEWORK’S SCALE
The third step consists of setting the scale which defines the average (0%) and maximum performance levels for an industry. This step tests dozens of real cases, including extreme examples, and it creates an industry-specific scale.
CALIBRATE THE FRAMEWORK’S NEC
The last step calibrates the framework itself into the common NEC scale. The value of maximum NEC level, named the eco-solution point, is assigned to one of three possible NEC levels: +10%, +33% or +100%, depending on the environmental impact intensity (high, moderate or limited).