Tracking Carbon Footprints

We’ve received a large number of inquiries and public/media interest since we announced the release of our Carbon Footprint Tracking Module. It’s a very useful tool for organisations who wish to monitor and neutralise their Carbon Footprint as the module allows users of time@work and expense@work to see the Carbon Emissions being generated by their activities when they submit their expenses.

I was interviewed by IT Week reporter James Murray on Tuesday last and the following is an extract of the article:

Carbon reporting tools hit the business mainstream

Releases designed to help firms monitor and reduce their environmental impact

James Murray, IT Week, 31 May 2007

With firms under increasing public and regulatory pressure to limit their environmental impact, those keen to measure their greenhouse gas emissions could soon see the process automated following the launch of a number of new software packages designed to help firms monitor and reduce their carbon footprint.

Expense and time management specialist systems@work has become the latest software vendor to address the growing demand for environmental reporting tools with the launch of a new module designed to help firms calculate the carbon emissions employees generate when travelling.

The new customisable module is available as an add on to the company’s expense, time recording and billing systems and automatically calculates an employee’s carbon emissions based on emission calculations and the expense information staff input for flights, car and rail journeys.

“The new module will give people an easy way of calculating their footprint, ” explained Michael Sheehan, managing director at systems@work. “You don’t have to go through an extra stage of using an online carbon calculator; the carbon data is built into the process and is there in the employee’s face.”

Sheehan said the aim of the tool was to help modify staff behaviour. However, he added that firms were also interested in using the new module to bolster their environmental reporting metrics and provide them with carbon emission information they could then use to offset their employees’ travel.