The Sustainability method selection tool

helps you realise your sustainability goals by: Making you determine the sustainable issues you want to tackle – helping you focus. Finding a suitable method to assess how your innovation is doing or will do on the sustainability issue(s) of your choice. The assessment(s) can be used to make the innovation and it’s production process more sustainable.


Awareness of the array of sustainability issues that might be connected to your innovation.

Insight in how your organisation and the innovation is doing currently (snapshot) or in the future (prospective) on the sustainability issues of your interest.

This enables you to decide on what sustainability aspects to focus and improve your innovation and it’s production process on these sustainability aspects.

Expertise required

Experise level required when you do it yourself:

- Expert level

External support:

- Facilitator can be needed to guide you through the whole process of self-assessment

- Consultant can advise and help you with the implementation

When to use

When you would:

  • Like to explore sustainability issues of interest to your innovation.
  • Want to assess your current or future achievements.


  • A three-step approach determining the focus of the assessment leading to appropriate assessment tools.
  • Conducting the assessment with an appropriate tool


Small :  selection of assessment tool

Small/Large:  application of tool — depending on the tool and the availability of data

Developed by

National Institute for Health and the Environment (RIVM)