We engage with our partners to obtain project-specific data and then spend considerable time verifying it, cross-checking it and filling in data gaps.
An indicative list of the data required for a SAVi assessment is given below, though the final list of sources will depend on our specific partner’s needs and circumstances.
- Project descriptions and business plans.
- Externalities and environmental, social and governance (ESG) impacts already identified or measured.
- Carbon footprints and greenhouse gas reduction plans.
- Characteristics of the asset and material composition.
- Financial feasibility studies, including capital expenditure, fixed and variable operational expenditure, funding split (debt versus equity percentage), debt tenor, debt interest rate, project discount rate.
- Technical feasibility studies including output/generating capacity, levelized costs, load factor and generating/operating efficiency. Note that SAVi calculates these performance indicators, but we require estimates for validation.
- Environmental and Social Impact Assessments.
- Pricing strategy.
A primer on the SAVi Database is available here.
The customization of SAVi begins a step before this process, when we develop the SAVi sector models. These are built to combine a wide range of design and technology characteristics, with sound science on environmental, social, economic and governance impacts. They also incorporate key financial performance indicators.
The design and data sources of the sector models are described in the reports below.