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The aim of the strategy section is to provide you and your company with examples of strategies on how and when to use different environmental sustainability tools for eco-efficiency evaluation.

The word strategy is used in a variety of different contexts. By strategy in DANTES we mean a guideline on how the methods and tools described within DANTES, can be used to find requested information needed for environmentally related decisions, and how the resulting information is communicated to the decision-makers in an understandable way, see the figure below. A strategy describes how to handle environmental issues in a company and to reach the overall environmental goals within the company.  In addition, the strategies are examples of how tools and methods are integrated and practically used within the DANTES companies.

Seeking information and communicating results may be carried out in very different ways depending on where these activities take place. Accordingly, the DANTES strategies are presented for different types of company functions. The strategies are divided into five groups based on which function within a company that benefit from the implementation of the strategy. The functions that hence are the target groups that can benefit from using the DANTES strategies are Research and Development, Marketing, Supply chain, Production, and Environmental support. For example a strategy about how to communicate a productís environmental impact describes how an EPD can be used in market communication. The target group for this strategy could be environmental support at a company and marketing department if they need to know how to use environmental information in market communication. Based on the target group and their identified question, a work procedure is presented demonstrating an example of a step by step work procedure together with experiences and recommendations. All published strategies are documented in a common format consisting of three parts i.e. Background, Working procedure and Experiences part.

A prerequisite to use or document a strategy is that the company or organization has decided to work towards sustainability. The key to sustainable development, as defined by The Bruntland Report, is the coordination and balancing of environmental, social and economic issues, the so-called three pillars of sustainability. Even though DANTES is focused on the environmental pillar and development of general corporate strategies, social or financial sustainability issues are outside the scope, the resulting strategies for environmental sustainability are possible to combine with strategies for economic and social sustainability.

In addition, tools for environmental assessment can not be used to solve environmental problems but they often identify the problems and provide information needed for decisions. The strategies published on this web site aim at providing valuable aid in the structured work of improving environmental sustainability to companies and other parties of the European Community.

More information on the strategy concept is available in the Manual on environmental decision making - part 2.