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Mobius - Explained: Visualization tools

Learn how to visualize your Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) results in Ecochain Mobius.

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Written by Emily Lalonde
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Analyzing LCA results is a crucial step in understanding the environmental impacts of your products. In Mobius, you can use the different result views to help visualize your LCA results. This article covers the following questions:

  1. What visualization tools are available?

  2. How to change the impact category?

  3. Next steps.

Don't feel like reading an article? Watch a video tutorial on this subject instead!


What visualization tools are available?

Mobius offers several views or visualization tools to help you analyze and understand your LCA results more effectively. These include:

  • Model view: This is the default view that you use when building your model in your Product inventory. It provides insights into your product footprint on each (sub) item row with a bar chart of its impact.

  • Table view: The table view presents environmental impact results for the lowest level sub items [aka any objects with an impact value (via dataset or custom impact) attached to them] in your Product inventory in a table format, making it easy to compare different impact categories and values. The table view aggregates objects - so any item that is used multiple times in your model is combined to present one aggregated impact value per unique item. You can also view your impact values as percentages or numbers using the switch view button (Figure 1). This option is available in every view in Mobius.

Figure 1: Accessing the table view in Mobius.

Pro tip - Download results for a specific view: Download results for any visualization available in Mobius in an Excel file or image format to use in presentations or reports using the download table button (Figure 1). This feature is available for every view in Mobius.

  • Bar chart: Displays impact values for all objects with impact attached to them using vertical bars, allowing for a quick comparison between different hotspots or objects that contribute the most impact to the LCA model. In this view, you have the additional feature of filtering for objects you want to focus on (e.g., items with the greatest environmental impact). Use the filter feature in Mobius to do so (Figure 2).

Figure 2: Filtering objects in the Bar chart view in Mobius.

  • Donut chart: Shows the contribution of each impact item to the total impact, helping identify key areas of concern. If you find this view particularly useful (i.e., for communication purposes), download your product footprint for a simple one-page PDF with the donut chart and other relevant information about your model (go to Tools Download product footprint (PDF)).

Pro tip - Comparing views with other products: You can compare views between products using the Compare button (Figure 3). This feature is available for every view in Mobius. Learn more about product comparisons here.

Figure 3: Using the comparison feature for the donut chart view in Mobius.

  • Stacked chart: This visualization is only available when using the Comparison or Scenario features. It visualizes environmental product performance at a glance (Figure 4). This chart aids in storytelling around environmental impact reduction efforts, color-coding objects to indicate their impact. Objects with negative impact (i.e., do not have negative environmental impact) are green, while impact items are in blue. Similar to the Donut chart, the Stacked chart enables you to quickly identify differences between products. The Stacked chart replaces the donut chart for the Comparison and Scenario modes.

    Figure 4: The new Stacked chart for Comparison and Scenario views in Mobius.

Note - Visualization outside of Mobius: This article focuses on the visualization tools available in Mobius. However, all results can be exported to Excel, where you have the freedom to personalize your results to your needs. (e.g., graphs, charts, tables).


How to change the impact category?

Mobius displays results for one impact category at a time. To check or change the impact category, find the impact category switcher in the top right corner of the Product overview page (Figure 5). Choose from the impact categories visible in the dropdown list. The impact categories available depend on the Impact settings set for your Workspace.

Figure 5: Changing the impact category in Mobius.


Video tutorial

Watch Emma explain these concepts in our tutorial:


Next steps

Now that you've learned how to assess your LCA results in Mobius using the different views, you're ready to dive deeper into understanding the environmental impacts of your products.

Ready to explore more features within Mobius? Check out our other help center articles for comprehensive guidance on maximizing your ecodesign potential.

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