Friday, 14 May 2010

Greenstone helps Serco (and its clients) manage carbon emissions

GreenstoneCarbon solutions company Greenstone Carbon Management has announced that services company Serco has implemented Greenstone’s Acco2unt carbon accounting software.  The solution will be used to measure and manage Serco’s emissions globally and also ensure that the company meets its UK Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) deadlines.

UK-based Serco is a services company with 70,000 employees and clients in over 35 countries.  The company provides a broad range of services for governments and companies, including managing change, introducing new technology, consulting and management support facilities, implementing IT systems (the company bought local government IT services company ITNET in 2004) and the creation of entirely new businesses.

Before implementing Acco2unt Serco apparently used internal bespoke systems, but the complexity of the organisation and the arrival of CRC in the UK forced the company to look for a better alternative.  Tim Davis, Head of Assurance Reporting at Serco said, “The complex nature of Serco’s business operations demanded an easy-to-use enterprise carbon accounting tool that would help us aggregate, measure and manage carbon emissions – quickly, accurately and cost effectively.  The software also allows us to model the carbon impact of future business scenarios, benchmark performance across different parts of the organisation and address internal and external reporting requirements with minimum effort.  Acco2unt will enable us to automate much of the manual process and to provide carbon reduction services to our clients in the public and private sectors.”

The comment is a good summary of why companies need specialist carbon solutions; complexity, compliance and the ability to model the impact of business changes on carbon emissions. 

It’s a very good win for Greenstone.  As well as adding another large company to its client base, which already includes Virgin Group, Fujitsu and Ocado, Serco brings with it the possibility of sales to its own broad and diverse customer base.

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