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Mobius Changelog

Learn about recent updates to Ecochain Mobius.

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Written by Artjom Janssen
Updated over a week ago

As Mobius continues to grow and evolve, we are constantly updating and improving to enhance the user experience. In this article, we provide a comprehensive overview of the recent changes in Mobius. The recent changes are detailed below, referring to more complete articles about specific features.


Latest updates

New interface for Life cycles (06-19-2024)

New Update

At Ecochain, we want to make your environmental modeling journey easier. To achieve this, we have refreshed the Life cycles feature in our Mobius software. The improved interface aligns with Product pages, bringing a cleaner and more intuitive experience.


What's new with Life cycles?

Life Cycles have been revamped to match the product interface, offering a fresh and consistent look. Below is a breakdown of the specific updates.

Note - Update limitations: Some features from product pages, such as notation settings and image downloads, are delayed to free up capacity for other improvements.

The Model view

Explore new features on the Model tab, where you model your life cycle inventory. Key updates include:

  • Sticky footer: Quickly check the total impact of your life cycle with the new sticky footer (Figure 1).

  • Phase transformation: Life cycle phases have undergone a complete transformation.

    • The total impacts of phases are now displayed.

    • Creating a phase is always visible, and no longer hidden in the detail panel.

    • Quick changes are possible by hovering over a phase name or icon, and phases can be removed using the delete button.

    • Reordering phases is now done via a drag-and-drop interface (phases must be collapsed first).

    • Collapse all phases quickly with the "Collapse All" button.

Figure 1: Accessing the model tab in the life cycle feature in Mobius. The arrow points to the sticky footer, which is always visible to display the total impact of your product.

The Table view

The Table now syncs completely with the product table. Notable changes include:

  • Total impact display: The bottom row shows the total impact (Figure 2).

  • Column sorting: You can sort all columns for better data organization (Figure 2).

Figure 2: Accessing the table view in the lifecycle feature in Mobius. The bottom arrow points to the new total impact display. The upper arrow points to the new column sorting function, currently sorted on impact (highest to lowest). Any of the columns can be sorted.

The Bar chart

Life cycles now feature a new bar chart visual. Highlights include:

  • Vertical item list: Items in the inventory are listed vertically (Figure 3).

  • Negative impact display: A negative x-axis is included for displaying negative impacts (Figure 3).

Figure 3: Accessing the bar chart view in the life cycle feature in Mobius. The bottom arrow points to the newly displayed negative impacts. Also, note the items are now listed vertically (y-axis).

The Donut chart

The donut chart has been enhanced with new features:

  • Legend: The impact of the life cycle phases and all items are labeled in a legend.

  • Contribution exploration: Click on a life cycle phase to zoom in and see detailed contributions of smaller items within the phase.

Figure 4: Accessing the donut chart in the life cycle feature in Mobius. The new legend is on the right-hand side, and the arrow points to the ability to explore the contribution of life cycle phases.


What’s next for life cycles?

In the coming months, you can look forward to more enhancements for life cycles in Mobius. We are planning a similar transformation for life cycle comparison and scenario analysis.

New interface for product Comparisons and Scenarios (02-05-2024)

New Update

At Ecochain, we are dedicated to assisting businesses in creating more sustainable products. In line with this commitment, we are excited to announce the Comparison and Scenario features in Mobius have been refreshed and revamped! This update comes with several enhancements to improve user experience and functionality.


What’s the difference between the Comparison and Scenario features?

While the overall behavior of the Comparison and Scenario features remains unchanged, it's important to understand the key differences between them and when to use each one:

  • The Comparison feature: This feature allows you to compare two existing products side-by-side, quickly understanding the differences between the products. At the same time, you cannot edit any details in comparison mode.

  • The Scenario feature: This feature allows you to create a new version of an existing (or original) product. The new scenario product appears in the Model tab alongside the original product for reference. Unlike the Comparison mode, you can change the scenario product without affecting the original product's inventory.


What’s new with the Comparison and Scenario features?

The Model tab

The Model tab, which contains the Product inventories, now features a harmonized design for both the Comparison and Scenario modes. When using either feature, the products are displayed side-by-side with labels indicating the original product from the compared or scenario product and “sticky” headers to ensure product names and total impact are always visible.

Based on user feedback, the scenario product has been relocated to the right side of the interface (Figure 1), and further design enhancements are being evaluated.

Figure 1: The updated Model tab for the Comparison and Scenario modes in Mobius.

The Table tab

The Table tab in Comparison and Scenario modes now presents the same design as it does for individual products and can be sorted on all columns, including on object’s units.

Pro tip - Sorting based on the unit: Sorting products’ objects based on the unit helps group similar items together, facilitating easier analysis.

The Stacked chart

The new Stacked chart visualizes environmental product performance at a glance (Figure 2). 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.

Note - Donut chart in Comparison and Scenario modes: The Stacked chart replaces the Donut chart when using the Comparison and Scenaro features. This is to allow for better visual comparison. In other words, the Donut chart is no longer available in Comparison or Scenario mode.

Figure 2: The new Stacked chart in Mobius.


What’s next for the Comparison and Scenario features?

The Bar chart

While unavailable in the current interface, the Bar chart will soon be introduced, allowing for side-by-side comparison of single objects. This feature is currently under development and is expected to be released in the coming months.

The Life cycles feature

Life cycles and the Comparison and Scenario modes within the Life cycles feature are currently in development and will be released shortly.

Product Template in Mobius (30-04-2024)

New Update

Take ownership of your environmental footprint with ready-to-use templates. Getting started with product footprints can be daunting. Well, not anymore! Mobius empowers you to create product footprints yourself.


With templates, you can:

  • Get started quickly - they guide you through modeling your product’s impact.

  • Choose from 10+ templates for various industries like apparel and textiles, food and beverage, electronics, packaging, and construction materials.

Items with impact - a detailed view (04-03-2024)

Welcome to another Mobius update😎. We have just released an update to items and objects with impact. With this update, the source of impact is no longer hidden in the detail panel 🔍. You can now immediately see to what source the item is linked to and have all the options to manage it directly on the Model tab.

Model tab

The impact's source now appears in the inventory with the following information and options:

  • Icon to indicate the source of impact; Dataset, Elementary flow or Custom impact

  • Amount and unit of the property required for the Dataset or Elementary flow. Make sure the amount and unit correspond to the main unit of your product so that the conversion to the dataset or elementary flow is correct. This can be edited in the detail panel of the item, in the Properties section.

  • View the name of your Dataset or Elementary flow

  • Click to see all the details of your Dataset or Elementary flow, like the database name and version, and any additional information provided.

  • Edit the source of impact, to replace it with another dataset or another source of impact

  • Remove the source of impact. This will remove the impact (🤓) and give you the option again to add subitems to it to model your item differently.

Table, Bar chart and Donut tabs

The source of impact now also appears as a single item in the insights tabs.

Notation settings & inventory image downloads (19-02-2024)

What's new in Mobius? Last few weeks we have released many invisible improvements to improve the overall experience in Mobius. With this update, we would like to highlight a few new features you can explore. Read on to learn more!

Notation settings

You can now select in which notation you would like to view your results on the product's inventory page, as well as all Insight tabs. Choose between Number, Scientific and Percentage notations to display the values. Your selected settings will also show up in the Image downloads. Use it to specify how you would like to have your results visible to the ones viewing your images.

Numeric notation

This will be the new default notation for values shown in the Model and Insights tabs. Most values will be written out as numbers. Values bigger than 999,999 and smaller than 0.00001 will be displayed in scientific notation.

Scientific notation

With this notation, you can view very large and very small numbers using the same number of digits. It is a good notation to use when your product either has a very high or very low impact or when you are viewing impact categories like Ozone Depletion, which are expressed in tiny values, as can be seen in the example below.

Read the values as follows:

  • 1.23 x 10^8 = 12,300,000

  • -1.23 x 10^8 = -12,300,000

  • 1.23 x 10^-8 = 0.0000000123

  • -1.23 x 10^-8 = -0.0000000123

Percentage notation

This notation shows the contribution of the impact of the item on the total impact.

Image for the Inventory

You can now download an image for all Insights, including the just-released image for the Inventory. Use the notation settings to indicate how the values are displayed. Also, try expanding or collapsing the levels in the inventory to display exactly what level of detail you would like to share. Handy if you want to share a high-level result, without the secret ingrediënts below 🤓.

Tip: Try using the percentage notation when you download an image so that you can share high-over the hotspots of your product footprint. This way you do not have to disclose an actual impact value, while you can still share how the impact is built up.

Edit amount in inventory

Here we have made several improvements based on feedback from our customers. The amount field can now only be used with a dot as a decimal separator so that it is in line with the other amount fields. Also, the size of the field will scale better when you type small numbers and it will not remove all zeroes behind a decimal separator anymore.
We consider creating full settings to control the decimal separator, notation settings and significant numbers. Stay tuned!

Performance improvements

Workspaces, their impact settings and the impact category dropdown should now load instantly. Also, improvements have been made to decrease the loading time when opening a product and loading is indicated with the spinning icon. Further improvements to the speed of actions in the inventory are coming up.

Products - Improved design & new exciting features (21-11-2023)

Welcome to our latest release notes. At Ecochain we strive to make product footprinting and life cycle assessments as easy as possible for you, through our Mobius software. We hope you enjoy our latest update to the Product inventory and Insights!

We listened to your feedback and have made changes to our overall design of the inventory, as well as the table, bar chart and donut chart views. We have also added functionalities that we believe will enhance your experience. Similar improvements are underway for Comparison, Scenario and Life cycles features. Stay tuned and do not hesitate to send us your feedback.

Inventory updates

The inventory got a completely new look 😍. And not just looks, there are some new features to explore too, all with one goal, to make it easier and more fun to model your products, improve their footprint and share your insights with colleagues. Simultaneously, the inventory by itself is a great communication tool, use it to explain how the product is made and where impact is coming from. Below we show some of the key updates.

Add item

The option to add an item to the main level of your product inventory is now always visible. Also, note that the colours of items and impact bars are different for first-level vs lower-level items. Impact bars of the same colour can be summed up to their higher-level item. Use it to quickly spot the highest contributors!

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Edit amount

You can now directly edit amounts by clicking on them. Use the on-screen buttons, or 'esc' to cancel and 'enter' to save.

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Total impact in footer

The main product has been moved to the footer and removed from the inventory tree. In this way, you can always see the product with its total impact, no matter how big your inventory!

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Table, bar chart & donut chart updates

All insights got a big refresh and some new features to explore 🎁. With clear titles and options to sort, filter and download. You can use them to your advantage, learn where the impact comes from and create beautiful visuals to share with your colleagues and customers.

Download as PNG

You don't have to take screenshots anymore! Easily download images of graphs and tables with the download button.

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Numbers & percentages

You are able to switch between numeric values and percentages in both your table view and your donut chart.

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Bar chart - Filter out values

We have added a filter to remove specific values. You can adjust the values you wish to filter out and zoom in on others. With the > you can filter out values smaller than the indicated %, and only focus on those bigger contributors. Use the < to zoom in on the smaller contributors.

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Donut chart - including a legend

The donut chart (previously sunburst) has a legend now! Values in the chart are sorted based on their impact (high - low).

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FAQ

  • Did Life cycles, Comparison and Scenario get a new interface or features? No, at this time only the Product detail page has changed.

  • Will Life cycles, Comparison and Scenario get a similar interface for the inventory, table, bar chart and donut chart? Yes, they will all undergo a similar transformation and get overall improvements to their usability. We expect to release them, in phases, in H1 of 2024.

  • Can I get my Product in the previous interface? No, not readily. If you do feel like you need something from the previous interface, please let us know by chatting to us, or sending an email to [email protected].

  • Where can I share feedback or bugs? Send us a message 💬

IPCC 2021 method - AR6 (24-10-2023)

Summary: IPCC 2021 method is available in Mobius. Start using this method to perform Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) calculations according to ISO 14067.

IPCC 2021 method in Mobius allows us to perform carbon footprint calculations in line with the latest emission factors published in the AR6 report. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has delivered Assessment Reports (AR) at regular intervals - typically every 6 years - since 1990 until 2021. These AR reports summarize the latest scientific findings on climate change, and serve as key references for governments and organizations when developing climate policies and strategies.

🔬Find the AR reports on the IPCC website.

How can I start using IPCC 2021 in Mobius?

Go to Workspace settings/Impact Settings and select "IPCC method" as your Impact method set. Then, you have the possibility to choose between the standard IPCC GWP100 AR6 (2021) or the one including CO2 uptake. In general, the standard method is recommended. This version of IPCC method does not take into account the effect of biogenic (non-fossil) Carbon Dioxide, while the including CO2 uptake takes into account the influence of biogenic CO2 capture and emissions.

💡Visit this article to learn how to change the impact method sets, the impact assessment method and impact categories.

When should I use IPCC 2021?

IPCC 2021 is recommended when conducting Product Carbon Footprints (PCF). PCF is the process of quantifying the greenhouse gas emissions associated with a product's entire life cycle. ISO 14067 and Pathfinder Framework - developed by The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) - provide guidelines on the assessment and reporting of such calculations.

⚠️ Be aware that IPCC only provides Climate Change impacts and that this exclusive focus could result in insufficient attention to other important environmental impacts, such as Resource depletion, human toxicity or eutrophication. We recommend to select other LCIA methods if you want to have an overview on the rest of impacts: EF method, or EN15804+A2 in construction sector. Read this article to know more about the difference between PCF and LCA.

What are the differences between IPCC 2021 (AR6) method and its predecessor, IPCC 2013 (AR5)?

Acknowledging that calculations based on these versions are NOT directly comparable is crucial. According to our knowledge, average deviations in PCF results typically remain under 10%. However, the question remains: where do these differences originate?

New knowledge on physical behavior of Greenhouse gases (GHG) - such as lifetimes, impulse response functions and radioactive efficiencies - leads to adjustment on the Global Warming Potential (GWP) values. These GWP values determine the pressure on climate change posed by each GHG emission (i.e. CO2, CO, CH4, N20). Meaning that updates on such values can increase or decrease the impact of such emissions on climate change.

For instance, Carbon cycle (cc) feedback plays a key role determining GWP values (as shown in table below). This approach considers how emissions of non-CO2 greenhouse gases, such as CH4 and N2O, can indirectly affect CO2 concentrations and atmospheric warming by impacting natural processes like vegetation growth, carbon sequestration, and permafrost thawing. Including carbon cycle feedback can lead to higher GWP values for non-CO2 greenhouse gases over shorter time horizons (e.g., 20 years). Whereas excluding cc feedback is often recommended for GWP calculations over longer time horizons (e.g., 100 years), where the effects of indirect carbon cycle feedback are less pronounced.

The following table shows the GWP factors of some of the most important GHG emissions:

👨‍🏫For more information on the content of these reports you can visit IPCC website

🤓To calculate based on AR5 2013 (excl. cc feedback): Go to Workspace settings/Impact Settings and select "OpenLCA LCIA methods v2.0.4" as your Impact method set and "IPCC 2013 GWP 100a" as impact method.

Updated Overview pages (20-07-2023)

A small update today for the sharp-eyed among us! You might notice small styling and behavioral changes on the Product, Life cycle, and Object overview pages and a few small new features 👀.

The action menus now have icons, to make them more clear and to make it overall a better experience.

Another small update is the indication of the sorting state on the card overview. You can now see how the card overview page is sorted, and by clicking it you can select another field to sort by. Clicking the arrow will reverse the sorting.

Also, several small bugs have been resolved. It is now possible again to edit the dataset while on the overview page. And also sorting and searching are possible while remaining within a folder.

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