The Distribution Phase accounts for impacts on SD that result from distributing the software product. This includes environmental impacts, e.g. of printed manuals (type of paper and ink), chosen means of transport, type and design of the retail and transport packaging (e.g. plastic, polyurethane foam, biodegradable material), or data medium (e.g. CD/DVD, USB memory stick). Furthermore, if the software product is offered as a download then its download size should be considered, as well as the electrical energy and material resources that are necessary to operate the required IT infrastructure.

The Disposal Phase accounts for impacts on SD that result from disposal and recycling of the afore mentioned material sub products.