Materials Management

SAVi has been developed for various assets, including materials management. A 100-page in-depth review of the sector was released in 2020 and covers shortcomings that could arise from not addressing unregulated or poorly designed materials management systems. It also presents the advantages of circular economy approaches and how circularity can improve the financial attractiveness of projects and policies.
The review also provides examples and data on the positive and negative externalities of materials management. These can be used to quantify a broad range of impacts.

This in-depth review is actively used by IISD and its partners to create customized simulation models that ‘integrate’ knowledge from a wide range of disciplines to calculate:

a) the economic costs and benefits of projects and policies.

b)  project finance indicators, such as internal rate of return and net present value on project and portfolios.

 These simulation models can also be used to calculate the investment attractiveness and the societal value of projects and policies in materials management.


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Valuing Sustainable Transport

Our new Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) report analyzes the added economic, social, and environmental benefits and avoided costs of a new non-motorized transport (NMT) network in Coimbatore, India.

Sustainable Transport

This paper was first published on the MDPI website. Reference: Bassi, A.M.; Pallaske, G.; Niño, N.; Casier, L. Does Sustainable Transport Deliver Societal Value? Exploring Concepts, Methods, and Impacts with Case Studies. Future Transp. 2022, 2, 115-134.

Comment une commune belge utilise l’agroforesterie pour renforcer sa résilience aux changements climatiques

Welkenraedt met de l’avant l'agroforesterie dans le cadre de sa stratégie d'adaptation aux changements climatiques. L'agroforesterie est un type d’infrastructure basée sur la nature qui a pour effet de maintenir et de restaurer la productivité des sols, de lutter contre l'érosion, de maintenir une qualité d'eau élevée et de renforcer la résilience aux changements climatiques.

Restauration de forêt de mangrove, un exemple de développement d’infrastructures durables: Experience from the Saloum Delta, Senegal

Le delta du Saloum au Sénégal est un écosystème tropical de mangrove, riche en biodiversité, qui fournit des moyens de subsistance à plus de 100 000 habitants. Il est formé de grandes surfaces d'eau, de mangroves, de végétation d'eau salée et de forêts. Le delta offre de multiples services aux communautés locales ainsi qu'un riche habitat pour les espèces. Depuis 2011, une partie du delta a été désignée comme site du patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO.

Why Albania Should Shift Away From Hydropower and Preserve the Last Free-Flowing River in Europe

As part of the effort to advance our understanding of the real costs and benefits of hydropower, IISD, in collaboration with the MAVA Foundation, undertook a Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) for two hydropower projects that are currently planned along the Vjosa River in Albania. The objective of the study was to investigate and calculate the value of environmental, social, and economic externalities caused by these two projects and analyze how these would affect their net economic value overall.

Restoring a Mangrove Forest as Sustainable Infrastructure Development: Experience from the Saloum Delta, Senegal

The Saloum Delta represents natural capital that can be harnessed for a host of long-term gains. The rich ecosystem and the unique biodiversity offer a wide array of ecosystem services that can generate sustainable patterns of development. The Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) of the Saloum Delta published in June 2020 provides an integrated assessment of the contribution of the Delta to sustainable development.

Survey on Systemic Approaches and Simulation for Nature-Based Infrastructure

Thank you to everyone who joined us in early October for our virtual stakeholder consultations on systemic approaches and simulation for nature-based infrastructure (NBI). Your input is invaluable for this work and we are grateful for your time and thoughtful contributions. As the next stage in our process, we have now launched a new survey to collect further feedback. This five-minute survey will... Read more »

New B Capital-IISD Study: Quantifying and valuing ESG factors highlights profitability, societal benefits and climate resilience of onshore wind portfolio in Germany

New analysis by B Capital Partners AG (B Capital) and IISD, supported by the MAVA Foundation, has found that B Capital’s onshore wind portfolio in Germany yield greater profitability and more benefits to society than a comparable gas-fired power plant. These findings were the result of applying IISD’s Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi),which involves assessing how... Read more »

Call for Evidence: Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services along the Kagera River, Northern Tanzania

Closing date: 30 September 2020 The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the Green Growth Knowledge Partnership (GGKP) will apply and customize the Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) methodology for quantifying and valuing natural capital provided by the Kagera River and the surrounding ecosystems in northern Tanzania. We will pay particular attention to how natural... Read more »