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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 full, integrated value of investing 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.


EcoMetrics 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, in order to elevate the investment 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:

EcoMetrics calculates the value projects create for the company, such as financial and social returns to its financial capital, and company value through mechanisms such as:
  • Integrated environmental, social and economic value creation for stakeholders and ‘society at large’

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

  • Leveraged private/public funding

  • The organization’s risk management

  • Operational efficiency

  • Supply chain management

  • Reputation

  • Social license to operate

APPLYING ECOMETRICS TO OUR PROJECTS

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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 calculating the “cost of inaction”

Reporting Tool for communicating the environmental, social and economic value created by investment in ecosystem services, translated into monetary terms

  • Enhances investment planning

  • Provides cost-benefit analysis of “green” vs. “gray” infrastructure

  • Supports investment in operational efficiency

  • Supports 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 internationally accepted standard for calculating the total impact of business activities on all of a company’s stakeholders — internal and external alike. By employing the SVI Framework to engage stakeholders directly in the assessment process, EcoMetrics produces social return on investment (SROI) evaluations and forecasts that can withstand third-party auditing and scrutiny. The Framework’s seven Social Principles 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.