Carbon reporting software and systems can help quickly and seamlessly analyse data, transparently communicate environmental results and accurately forecast carbon reduction scenarios.
What is carbon software?
Carbon accounting software is an integral part of any carbon management system. It is designed to help measure, monitor and report energy consumption and carbon emissions.
Many systems can also capture other environmental or CSR data such as waste, community volunteer hours and more. As such, most systems relevant to carbon reporting are referred to as sustainability software systems.
Carbon reporting can be broken down into two categories:
Corporate and value chain reporting
Product footprint reporting.
There are two distinct categories of software systems to meet the needs of these two types of carbon reporting.
What are the benefits of carbon accounting software?
What is the right carbon software tool?
It is important to find the system that best meets the user’s business needs. Carbon Clear have developed a two-step strategy to determine the most appropriate system for companies.
Step 1 - Define the business objectives
The first priority is to determine what the business objectives are for using a software system, by identifying how the system will be used (e.g. large scale date management, auditing, engagement and reporting or carbon strategy) and what the long-term goals are.
Step 2 - Learn more about your primary use categories
Once the key functions of the software systems have been established, the next step is to learn more about the main characteristics and features of each of the primary use categories (large scale date management, auditing, engagement and reporting or carbon strategy). This will help to identify which software providers are most relevant for you.
We found that the best way to approach the question of selecting the carbon software system to meet specific business needs is through identifying the primary use categories, and then tailoring an assessment process to focus on the different functionalities that support this.
Software Vs Excel?
Many organisations use Excel spreadsheets to track their carbon emissions. Excel is sufficient for calculating a basic carbon footprint where an organisation doesn’t have a complex organisational structure or sophisticated reporting requirements. However, as more complex organisations report their carbon emissions, they are finding spreadsheet-based systems overly complex and unmanageable.
Carbon accounting and sustainability tools are built specifically for the purpose of gathering, managing and processing large quantities of data. They allow users to generate reports that are relevant to their business when, where and however they need them.
The most common questions we get asked are: How do I select the correct software? How do I implement the selected system? What support systems are in place? With the correct support the answers are really quite straight forward.
Luke Skillett | Consultant | Carbon Clear
Our Software Team
Anita has five years of low carbon consulting experience. She holds an MSc from Imperial College London in Environmental Technology and Energy Policy, and a first class degree from Warwick University in MMORSE (Master of Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics). Her experience includes delivering carbon management projects from baseline to project appraisal and financial and technical modelling of low and zero carbon energy supply and energy efficiency options. Anita has also spent time working in China, Hungary and two years at Deloitte.
Luke joined Carbon Clear in 2012 as an Analyst. He has experience in consultancy in the shipping sector with a focus on developing carbon reduction tools. He holds a first class honours degree in Management Science from the University of Kent at Canterbury.
Suzannah joined Carbon Clear in 2014 and has experience in a wide range of sustainability management activities. These include conducting organisational and product footprints, value chain assessments, legislative compliance and broader sustainability reporting. She holds a first class honours degree in Geography from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and is an Associate member of the Institute of Environmental Management.
Louisa joined Carbon Clear in 2015 as an analyst. She completed a master’s at UCL in Environment, Science and Society with areas of study covering sustainable development, sustainable consumption and environmental management. Before that she studied Biological Sciences specialising in human physiology. She also has experience working on a conservation project in Honduras.