To assess the potential importance of the contribution an ecosystem service makes to a production process, and the materiality of the impact if this service is disrupted, two aspects were considered:
The dependency materiality assessment reflects both these considerations. A very high materiality rating means that the loss of functionality is severe and that the expected financial impact is severe as well.
To assess the importance of a potential impact of a production process on natural capital, the following three aspects were considered:
In all instances ratings were assigned based on the best available information from scientific and grey literature (as compiled in the ENCORE dependencies and impacts databases). However, some links may be missing due to lack of sufficient robust literature. Users are encouraged to complement the information presented here with more refined and industry-specific knowledge.
The ratings consider present-day technologies and industry norms, and do not account for potential future developments by industries to reduce dependencies and impacts. However, this does not mean that a company necessarily has a Very High dependency or impact materiality, as it could have robust measures in place to avoid/reduce/mitigate actual dependencies and impacts. The inverse also applies. Ratings were assigned independent of other production processes. As such they do not compare the materiality of one dependency or impact for one production process against the materiality of the same dependency or impact for another production process.