Friday, 11 February 2011

New cloud and BPO partnerships for carbon and energy management solutions

T-Systems A couple of tie-ups around carbon management have been announced in the last two weeks.

Firstly, Deutsche Telekom’s IT Services arm T-Systems has teamed up with environmental and energy management solutions company Hara to offer a cloud-based solution for calculating CO2 consumption.

The solution can determine the power used in an office, the CO2 equivalent of paper use and the average CO2 emission of corporate vehicles, among other things. It can help manage energy efficiency measures within a company and the reporting capability is aimed at providing support for a corporate-wide sustainability strategy. The software is available as a cloud solution over a secure Internet connection.

Capgemini logo Meanwhile, CA Technologies and Capgemini announced this week that they’re partnering to provide a global Energy, Carbon and Sustainability Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) service.

The partnership brings together Capgemini’s BPO business and CA’s ecoSoftware solution into a managed service that will provide customers with ‘actionable insight’ into their level of sustainability. CA’s solution provides auditable sustainability data to meet regulatory requirements and can help enterprises reduce carbon emissions, manage natural resources, cut energy costs and achieve environmental targets.

Apparently Capgemini UK (which has been leading the group’s sustainability efforts) has already been using the new service internally. It captures all the company’s energy and carbon data and provides web-based reports to the UK Sustainability Board and operational dashboards to the Environmental team. It’s estimated that the service will reduce sustainability operating costs by 30% as well as providing better quality data.


It’s a sign of the increasing maturity of the carbon management market that major IT services players are increasingly partnering with specialist solution providers.

Capgemini pointed out that in the UK it had been using spreadsheets to count and manage emissions, but the increasing complexity of data requirements, multiple reporting and the need to provide different levels of user access meant that a new auditable solution was required.

This is, or will be, the case for many corporations in the coming years. Legislation, shareholder pressure, more detailed reporting, building ‘what-if’ scenarios, various departmental involvement and multiple access requirements all point to sophisticated online solution, at least for large corporates. If you don’t have (or don’t want to take on) the in-house resources to manage the solution, then the next possible step is to outsource the whole process, which is where the Capgemini BPO offering comes in.

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