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Klimatkompassen®

With Klimatkompassen®, we at Tingstad, together with the research institute RISE, have produced the largest climate calculation for disposable items ever made. A simple climate tool so that you can easily compare, for example, paper cups, disposable cutlery, food packaging and get the answer to the question - What is the best option to for the climate?

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Vi är övertygade om att de bästa valen när det handlar om hållbarhet är dom val vi faktiskt gör. För att vi alla, från producenter till konsumenter, ska kunna göra om och göra rätt på det sätt som vår planet behöver, måste det bli lättare att välja klimatsmart. Därför har vi tillsammans med RISE Institute tagit fram Klimatkompassen® - ett enkelt verktyg som gör hållbarhet mer begripligt och jämförbart.

Klimatkompassen® är ett stort steg i rätt riktning, men betyder det att vi är klara? Långt ifrån. Idag konsumeras och kasseras engångsmaterial i en ständigt ökande takt. Samtidigt blir kraven på hållbara lösningar allt större. Vårt mål är att genom tydlighet och transparens förändra vår egen verksamhet, men också leden både framför och bakom oss.

Med Klimatkompassen® vill vi skapa ett hållbart system där hela marknaden får tillgång till de beslut som fattats i tidigare led, men också ge en förståelse för vad besluten innebär i slutet av kedjan.

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Why Klimatkompassen

We know a lot about our products, but so far there has been no reliable way to answer the crucial questions: what is really the smartest choice for the climate in the end? Which material should you choose? Is locally produced more important than fossil-free raw material? How important is it that the product can be recycled? Does it matter if the product arrived in Sweden by boat or truck?

We wanted to delve into this to see if we can make sustainability into something accessible, comprehensible and, above all, comparable to the climate impact of our disposable products. Even though these are complex issues with an infinite number of different perspectives, we can no longer let that stop us from taking the steps we can on the path to a more sustainable market for our products. Nobody can do everything but everyone can do something. With Klimatkompassen®, we want to give the market a guide that can help make difficult sustainability decisions a little easier.

About Klimatkompassen

EASY TO COMPARE

How does the tool work?

Klimatkompassen® takes the tempo of four very important environmental aspects – so called climate categories. Each category affects the climate differently, which the tool takes into account and indicates. 

Depending on how well - or poorly - a product performs in the four categories, the tool calculates a total climate score. Klimatkompassen® shows the total score, but also visualizes how much the different climate categories affect in each individual product. In this way, you get a simple comparison figure, and at the same time an understanding of what lies behind the result.

The tool is not a life cycle analysis. In addition to the fact that such need to be made individually on each product, they are costly, time consuming and difficult to compare with each other. The goal of Klimatkompassen® was to create a sharp tool that makes it really easy to choose more sustainably, and which at the same time takes into account the most important climate categories. It was also crucial for us to find a model that can be applied to all our disposable products, so that the tool can generate as much benefit as possible for us, our customers and the rest of the market. Together with RISE, we have developed a model that is scientifically verified and comprehensive enough to make a real difference, while at the same time being simple enough to actually use.

What affects the climate rating?

Together with RISE, we have identified the four most important climate categories; Materials, Transport, Production and Circularity / Recyclability.

The climate categories are weighted together through a weighting method that RISE has developed based on research and experience in sustainability, environmental analyzes and circular economy.

Climate categories and points

Together with RISE, we have identified the four most important climate categories: Materials, Transport, Production and Circularity / Recycling.

The climate categories are weighted together through a weighting method that RISE has developed based on research and experience in sustainability, environmental analyses and circular economy

MATERIAL

The material is a climate category with a high impact. This simply means that products with a high proportion of renewable or recycled raw material play a significant role in the product's final climate score. Klimatkompassen® assesses the high proportion of renewable or recycled raw material that the product consists of. The higher the percentage, the higher the ecopoints.

TRANSPORT

The assessment is based on established carbon footprint data for transports, produced by RISE. Tingstad's import flows have been entered in the tool with regards to transport distance, type of transport, fuel type and load size. In practice, this means that well-optimized transport flows can have a relatively low carbon footprint, even if they are transported several kilometers. It is not a general value, but each product is assessed and scored according to Tingstad's unique import conditions for that particular product.

CIRCULARITY

How efficiently the product can be recycled back into new materials and products through recycling is another important climate aspect. Therefore, in Klimatkompassen® we have taken into account the unique properties of each material from a recycling point of view. In addition to this, it is also assessed what the availability of the existing collection system looks like for the material. But it does not fulfill any major climate benefit if the material is both collected and can be recycled if there is no aftermarket for the recycled material. In practice, this still results in landfill or incineration. Therefore, Klimatkompassen® also takes into account whether there is an aftermarket for the recycled material. The circularity of Klimatkompassen® has been assessed on the basis of Swedish conditions and systems.

PRODUCTION

The type of energy used in production plays a major role. Renewable electricity as wind power has a lower carbon footprint than fossil energy as coal power. The tool takes into account the type of energy that has been used in production. An extensive data from RISE with different countries' electricity mix and carbon footprint is the basis for this assessment.

COMPASS POINTS

The product's performance in each of the four climate categories, weighted against how heavy each category weighs, is compiled into a final value. This value is presented on a scale of 1-5, where 1 is the lowest sustainability score and 5 is the highest. Klimatkompassen® then visualizes the value of each product in a simple way that makes it easy to compare all products that have been assessed using the tool.

For more information about Klimatkompassen®:
Tingstad
Johanna Ossiansson, Environmental Manager Tingstad
johanna.ossiansson@tingstad.se
 
RISE
Tatjana Karpenja, Project Manager RISE
tatjana.karpenja@ri.se

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