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ECOMETRICS

Truly sustainable solutions need to have environmental, economic and social benefits. The ability to quantify, and if possible, monetize these benefits will maximize investment and commitment towards such solutions. Restore the Earth’s EcoMetrics provides a unique perspective on the investment in ecosystem-related projects.

EcoMetrics is a methodology and tool that assesses and values the spectrum of impacts generated by projects including:

EcoMetrics captures the full value of the project in a monetized form.

HOW IT WORKS

The key to unlocking this benefit is the rigorous methodology underpinning EcoMetrics for valuing these co-benefits, and the innovative application of Social Return on Investment (SROI) methodology to the environmental sector.


The model monitors, tracks and collects data on a specific project, accounting for the environmental, social and economic value created for funders and community stakeholders. Value is captured by EcoMetrics in both “market” terms, such as economic value/cost internalized by project sponsors, and “non-market” terms, such as the environmental, social and economic value/cost created for other stakeholders.


This makes it easy for external stakeholders to understand the financial net benefits of restored or protected ecosystems. This also makes it possible for project funding partners to communicate the co-benefits of their work in financial terms to shareholders, stakeholders and management.

Tangible and intangible values are: 

 

  • Fully documented

  • Third-party verified in a report ready for audit

 

This provides full transparency for:

 

  • Corporate financial decision making

  • Strategic planning

  • Reporting purposes such as Annual, Integrated and Sustainability Reports

 


Our Revolving Fund leverages private capital to unlock public funding, allowing us to restore more than three times the amount of land from the initial investment.


Our Revolving Fund leverages private capital to unlock public funding, allowing us to restore more than three times the amount of land from the initial investment.

EcoMetrics captures the full monetary value created by restoration in a way that aligns with International Integrated Reporting standards. We can also account for the highest-quality carbon offsets.

*Adjusted for the loss of economic value. Restoration Value generated over 40 years

Our EcoMetrics™ Model captures the full monetary value created by restoration in a way that aligns with International Integrated Reporting standards. We can also account for the highest-quality carbon offsets.

Restore the Earth originally developed EcoMetrics to fully support the business case for major investment in landscape-scale environmental restoration to elevate investments in forest restoration from a philanthropic donation to a significant corporate investment impacting business and society. EcoMetrics is adaptable to other types of ecosystem projects such as restoration, protection and preservation.

EcoMetrics provides analysis of three-dimensional returns including:

  • Environmental, Social and Economic integrated value creation for stakeholders and ‘society at large’

  • Quantification of offsets—such as Carbon, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Water Quality/Quantity

  • Leveraged private/public funding

EcoMetrics calculates the value projects created for the company, such as financial and social returns to its financial capital, and company value through mechanisms such as:

  • The organization’s risk management

  • Operational efficiency

  • Supply chain management

  • Reputation

  • Social license to operate

ECOMETRICS IN ACTION

Watch the video to learn more about what our partners have to say about EcoMetrics.

HOW IT’S USED

Tool for decision making and scenario planning, including the costs for inaction

Reporting Tool, the benefits delivered by ecosystems services or the value created by the investment translated into monetary terms, of environmental, social and economic impacts

  • Enhances investment planning

  • Provides cost-benefit analysis green vs gray infrastructure

  • Supports investment in operational efficiency

  • Support investment in risk management

  • Informs social and environmental impacts

  • Enhances transparency in reporting

  • Demonstrates integrated value

  • Demonstrates leadership and sustainability

EcoMetrics is aligned with the following existing methodologies and measurements:

Social Value International (SVI) Framework is the accepted international methodology, protocol and standard, directly engaging stakeholders to provide assurance of the value of social return on investment (SROI) on a specific project. EcoMetrics is also based on these generally accepted social accounting principles that can be independently verified by a third party. The seven SVI Principles of Social Value are:

  1. Involve stakeholders 
  2. Understand what changes 
  3. Value the things that matter 
  4. Only include what is material 
  5. Do not over-claim 
  6. Be transparent 
  7. Verify the result

International Integrated Reporting Council Framework (IIRC), the global coalition of regulators, investors, companies, standard setters, the accounting profession and non-governmental organizations that created a global framework focused on an international standard. It focuses on the creation of integrated value —reports on value creation over time, provides for reporting to internal and external stakeholders. The Principles as defined by IIRC include:

  • Strategic focus and future orientation  
  • Connectivity of information
  • Stakeholder relationships
  • Materiality
  • Conciseness  
  • Reliability and completeness  
  • Consistency and comparability

EcoMetrics is also aligned with:

American Carbon Registry (ACR), as the accepted methodology, protocol and standard to provide assurance of the value of the GHG offsets created on a specific project in the US.

 

International Finance Corporation Performance Standards Environment & Social Sustainability promotes sound environmental and social practices, encourages transparency and accountability and contributes to positive development impact.

 

Restore the Earth’s EcoMetrics uses these methodologies since they are currently the most advanced and sophisticated methodologies in terms of accounting for social and environmental impact and value creation.

 

Users of the model will join others in working to advance the field of accounting and valuation so that they explicitly value climate stability, ecosystem services and human benefits.

QUANTIFYING CHARISMATIC OFFSETS

EcoMetrics provides a mechanism to quantify, verify and secure offsets, such as carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, that are:

  • Real and robust

  • Quantifiable

  • Permanent

  • Additional

  • Assured against leakage

  • Fully transparent and long-term—“in perpetuity”

  • Third-party validated, verified and registered.