A Blockchain SaaS Solution for Carbon Measurement Reporting
Immediate action is required to enhance carbon reporting accuracy and curb greenwashing's detrimental effects. In collaboration with Climate Check and industry experts, we developed an innovative blockchain-based SaaS platform to address these challenges.
The DigitalMRV Dashboard project focused on designing a comprehensive SaaS solution to transform the process for carbon measurements, addressing the limitations of current methods that rely heavily on manual editing of Excel spreadsheets and poorly integrated reporting systems.
This initial zero to one stage included PoC product ideation, product planning, wireframing, brand and UI design. Utilising expert validation and collaboration, the outcome was a user-centric SaaS platform with unique features aimed at improving efficiency, transparency, and accessibility.
What we did
Under the product direction of Digital Zen, we reimagined carbon reporting through a user-centric MRV solution. With complete oversight of the design process, we facilitated workshops, collaborated closely with experts, established product objectives, directed UX/UI efforts and managed stakeholder engagement.
To understand a complex space, we encouraged teamwork and open communication through workshops, with a goal of aligning minds to solve a bigger challenge. Engaging with experts, we incorporated feedback to enhance functionality, and produce solutions in the realm of climate action.
Automate measurement and reporting processes
Integrate with Gold Standard reporting systems
Reduce errors and manual intervention
Improve data reliability and validity
Increase transparency and trustworthiness
Improve efficiency, scalability and adaptability
The project began with a workshop to define the product vision, objectives, and stakeholder needs. Over a series of workshops, we guided stakeholders through defining the problem space (what are we solving) before defining the solution space (how we solve it), together collaborating to outline the required features and functionalities for the SaaS platform.
Once we had captured understanding and defined requirements, we utilised our design system component set to produce initial wireframes. This allowed us to produce high-fidelity wireframes in optimal time. We went through a feedback and review process with the stakeholders over 2 week sprints. This stage allowed the team to iterate and refine ideas before moving on to developing the DMRV brand and applying to a high fidelity UI design.
With the wireframes in place, we created a summary window to enable users to quickly access and understand relevant information. The dashboard is the beating heart of the experience. This feature helps streamline decision-making and reduces the time spent searching for data.
Each sensor on each plant can be accessed and managed in real-time, with analysts notified of any sudden changes or issues. Data is collected and stored, to show historical information easily retrievable and shared as part of the reporting and auditing process.
A major challenge was to incorporate configurable mathematic formulas into the analytic process. Analysts are able to easily optimise this to their requirements, using specific values dependent upon the operational setup. The analytics dashboard then outputs key data and metrics related to the MRV process, providing valuable insights and supporting data-driven decision-making. This feature helps users identify trends, monitor progress, and make informed decisions based on accurate data.
Garbage in = Garbage out is especially true with carbon measurement and greenhouse gases. To avoid errors or ambiguity in data, each sensor is regularly calibrated, tested and audited to ensure that it meets specification and that evidence collected is accurately reported. As these sensors undergo testing, documents are attached to the specific sensor and can be easily referenced and retrieved in the audited report. This improves confidence and time to check authenticity.
Developed a comprehensive SaaS dashboard tailored to the DigitalMRV world
Enhanced efficiency, transparency, and accessibility of the MRV process
Streamlined decision-making and reporting through unique features
Fostered collaboration and knowledge sharing among stakeholders
Achieved compliance with international standards and regulations
Facilitated more effective climate action initiatives through improved insights
The DigitalMRV Dashboard has significantly improved the efficiency, transparency, and accessibility of the MRV process. By addressing specific challenges and incorporating user-centric features, the dashboard has enhanced decision-making, streamlined reporting, and ultimately facilitated more effective climate action.
The success of the initial MVP concept led to strategic partnerships with leading technology companies such as Google providing $1million in investment, in addition to Intel and Dell providing further consulting support and technical backing to help deploy, improve and scale the solution.