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Monitor and communicate about the impact of repair in the city

What is the impact of repair? Monitoring repair is challenging but, we tried to tackle the issue within the Sharepair project.

The result? A first prototype of an 'impact component' that can be integrated in different websites.

Check the impact component below!

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Impact visualisation Leuven Fixt

Visualise the impact of local repair

A city's repair impact can be shown in many ways. We tried to visualise the most important numbers:

  • number of repair activities organised;
  • amount of broken devices treated, with the end status;
  • number of professional repair shops in the city;
  • number of Repair Cafés;

Currently, the amount of repairs done are repairs registered by the local Repair Café groups using the Repair Connects platform.

In the future, we want to convince professional repairers to register as well so the professional repair data can be included.

Maakbaar Leuven dashboard

A flexible technical component for impact visualisation

Throughout the project, we discovered that impact visualisation is relevant for different stakeholders:

  • a Repair Café can share the impact of the repair activities with all the repair volunteers;
  • an individual volunteer might be interested in knowing how much she or he contributed to the total amount of repairs done;
  • a city can communicate about the impact of repair by sharing the avoided waste or CO2 saved;
  • ...

For this reason, we decided to develop a flexible technical component that can show the impact based on the data we have (from repairs registered in Repair Connects). This component can be integrated in different websites and platforms, and be slightly customized in order to show the impact in the most relevant way (individual, group, event, year, city...).

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Kilos of waste avoided and CO2 emissions saved

To calculate the eco-impact, we use data published by Restarters: The Restart Project's Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).

In this research the average weight and carbon footprint of different product categories is analyzed. You can find the data itself here.

The formula used: CO 2 emissions prevented by repair (kg) = CO 2 emissions prior to usage (kg) x rate of "displacement" of a new purchase.