The revolutionary EcoChain application is the result of EcoChain’s method – Activity-Based Footprinting. The software starts with the input of the amount of energy and materials used and divides them across the company, the processes and, finally, across the products. This is a top-down approach instead of the classic bottom-up approach, and gives unique results.
EcoChain lets you see what part of the production processes will deliver the greatest environmental benefits. That way, companies can focus on aspects of the production processes that offer the greatest environmental advantage. They can also save on energy and raw materials.
EcoChain lets you visualize your company’s footprint. That can help you make your company more attractive to potential employees, prove your accountability to third parties, or inspire teams.
Because EcoChain shows the environmental performance of each of your products, it also allows you to compare your products against those of your competitors. That way, it’s easy to see where there is room for improvement. Add improvements in operational processes, and you get lower prices. And you meet the demand for more sustainable products, Life Cycle Analyses, and Environmental Product Declarations more easily.
Generally speaking, the greatest environmental impact of your products is actually created in the chain. And here is where the greatest opportunities lie to improve your products’ sustainability. With EcoChain, you can see exactly which partners in the chain can influence your products’ sustainability. Better yet, you gain greater insight into possible improvements and you can follow your chain partners’ progress more closely.
Data security has the greatest priority at EcoChain. We have developed our programs according to the latest international safety standards, and we test it regularly. You have the best possible control over the data and can determine which data you want to publish, so you can communicate the results without releasing sensitive data about your production processes or the Bill of Materials.
EcoChain supports all standard Enterprise Resource Planning software. Data does not have to be entered from scratch; EcoChain just takes it over from the ERP systems. That can save weeks of entry time in complex systems and it also prevents errors.
The EcoChain application has been fully certified and meets all relevant requirements such as ISO 14040-44, EN 15804 and the SBK determination method. EcoChain has also been validated by the DNV GL testing institute and IVAM, which approves EcoChain calculations for incorporation in the Netherlands’ National Environmental Database. In addition, EcoChain is an accredited testing agency and MPRI licence holder.