FAQ

General Inquiries

What is Business Intelligence?

Business Intelligence is the set of activities and technologies that make up the analyzing, storing, mining and reporting of data in order to transform raw data into meaningful insights for businesses.

What is Climate Earth’s approach to Business Intelligence?

Unlike software only platforms, Climate Earth marries financial, organizational, and environmental data into a single integrated database that is efficient, scalable and designed to support an effective management and decision making process. Read more

How do you handle data security?

Climate Earth’s platform provides a highly robust security model protecting data down to the cell level, controlling individual user functionality, and controlling application access. Security is implemented at five different layers in production systems: User level Authorization and Authentication, Application Level Access and Control, Data Level, Data Transmission Level, and Backup and Recovery.

Can data be exported from your platform?

Yes, data can be exported to excel in several formats, including a raw data dump.  When the file is too large to export, we will create higher level roll-ups that can be exported.  It is also possible to export an individual chart, which is a subset of the larger data set, directly from a dashboard as well.

What is a top-down hybrid life cycle assessment (LCA) and why is Climate Earth such a strong proponent?

A life cycle assessment (LCA) is an estimation based on a combination of primary (measured) and secondary data (data directly from a database or research document, extrapolated data, or modeled data).  Climate Earth believes that the LCA methodology selected should be based on the type of analysis that is required.  For product specific analyses, such as our EPD applications, we use a traditional bottom-up, process LCA methodology.

For our supply chain applications, however, we use a top-down hybrid methodology. Top-down hybrid LCA starts with secondary data (input-output data) to evaluate the overall system and then collects primary data to refine the results where necessary. Climate Earth chose top-down hybrid LCA for broad assessments because of the capability to rapidly quantify the environmental impacts of the largest operations, and to systematically refine the data and scale the system quickly and cost effectively.

EPD

What is an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)?

Similar to a nutrition label for food, an EPD is a standardized report used by product manufacturers to provide quality and assured environmental performance information about their products.

Why are EPDs a preferred tool when it comes to product transparency?

An EPD is based on the full life cycle assessment of a product as laid out by ISO 14025 standards. This standardized approach, which is verified by a third-party, creates a credible and fair basis for comparison among products that use the same PCR as well as allows companies to transparently communicate about their products based on factual environmental claims.

 

What are the steps to create an EPD?

  1. Choose a Product Category Rule if none exists, one needs to be developed.
  2. Perform a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
  3. Develop the EPD
  4. Complete verification
  5. Register EPD with EPD Operator

What is the difference between a Type I, II and III eco-label?

  1. Type I is a multi-attribute label developed by a third party
  2. Type II is a single-attribute label developed by the producer
  3. Type III is an eco-label whose awarding is based on a full life-cycle assessment

An EPD is a Type III eco-label.

Natural Capital

What is natural capital accounting?

Natural capital accounting is the process of placing a financial value on the natural resources and ecosystem services that make life on earth possible, but is consumed free of charge in our current financial system.

Most people’s understanding of natural capital accounting is based on the TEEB initiative and The Natural Capital Project, how does your application compare?

Most organizations are focused on ‘how to value” services where as our focus is on “how to use” natural capital valuations to make better business decisions now.