Australian company Ndevr, which started out as a JD Edwards consultancy, has developed GHG Accounting Software for Australia’s National Greenhouse Energy Reporting (NGER) legislation and the GHG Protocol. That software is now pre-integrated with both the Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle’s JD Edwards EntepriseOne financials applications.
The solution provides additional data capture, analysis and presentation capabilities to help customers assess their carbon footprint, comply with internal and external reporting standards and develop more energy-efficient solutions. The capability can also be used to track additional environmental metrics such as waste and water consumption and complies with standards published by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
Jon Chorley, Vice President of Supply Chain & Sustainability Product Strategy at Oracle said: “The integration of greenhouse gas and other environmental metrics directly within ERP applications is a logical extension and ensures that sustainability becomes truly embedded within a business”. That pretty much hits the nail on the head.
For large companies, counting emissions is not just going to be some tacked-on option, its going to be as core to the business as counting money (indeed, it often will be counting money). It will become increasingly embedded within ERP, which, as we’ve said before, is a challenge for the Carbon Emissions Management Software (CEMS) suppliers. They need to focus on niche markets or hope to do the sort of deal that Ndevr has (or sell the company).