Environmental snapshots, in real time
Accurately measuring an individual organization's carbon footprint is challenging enough. How do you go about assessing how many pounds of CO2 effectively went into generating a screwdriver, a lightbulb, or a shirt? That necessitates scrutinizing activities and gathering data all the way along the supply chain. And lo, we're seeing IT companies honing their offerings for superior gathering of environmental information both through organizations and supply chains.
No surprise, Enviance is among them. Enviance System is designed to help organizations manage carbon and other regulatory risks. Drawing on the flexibility of Web services, sensors, APIs, and, as needed, manual input, Enviance System is capable of gathering environmental data in real time from a wide array of sources, such as industrial equipment, hardware, ERP systems, databases, electricity meters, water pumps, fuel racks, and so on.
That data can be used in countless ways. For example, the system can take all the measurements of your company's various greenhouse gas emissions and standardize them as a CO2-e measurement. You could also track water or energy consumption or waste.
Moreover, companies can use the system to ensure compliance with permits and regulations. You can store permit requirements in the system and associate them with specific business processes and equipment. Then, for example, when a piece of equipment or a facility deviates from regulatory or internal limits, the system could automatically initiate an event log with e-mail notifications to the appropriate groups or individuals to ensure that the problem is addressed promptly.
Data also can be used to generate sustainability and CSR reports of all kinds. An organization can develop ad hoc reports for one facility or roll up the information for your entire organization using the numerous report formats. You can generate local Title V compliance and deviation reports, discharge monitoring reports, and others.
Notably, Enviance isn't the only player with a SaaS solution for managing environmental data. Carbonetworks offers a platform designed to help companies track their various energy, environmental, and sustainability initiatives like a business. The system, which takes a more business-oriented approach, also integrates with an array of systems, from Excel-based solutions to legacy, ERP, and in-house software. It helps organizations evaluate their inventories, plan for reductions, generate reports based on a variety of templates, and more.