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Monday, 15 June 2009 16:37

EDS, SAP collaborate on carbon accounting for Aussie companies

IT services group, EDS and SAP Australia and New Zealand have worked together to develop a new carbon accounting solution which, they claim, will make it easier for Australian companies to comply with new federal government emissions guidelines.

EDS Australia/New Zealand vice president, David Caspari, announced today that the SAP Environmental Compliance (EC) solution - an enterprise-wide software platform – would allow corporations to define regulatory scenarios with key performance indicators.

“Businesses in Australia and New Zealand can now more quickly meet regulatory requirements on carbon emissions for business processes as well as assess the financial impact across their organisations.

“By combining EDS’ systems integration expertise and SAP’s world-class EC solution, EDS will extend its current Carbon Emissions Management Service beyond purely IT assets to whole-of-business operations.”

“EDS will provide its deep SAP systems integration expertise to incorporate the solution into companies’ existing systems to calculate, record and analyse the carbon emissions across entire organisations. The solution then generates data to allow regulatory reporting.”

SAP Australia/New Zealand’s Karen Zwissler, says that “by providing businesses with a single, standalone platform that allows access to critical emissions data and information, we are reducing the workload and operational costs associated with the new federal legislation and enabling appropriate cost allocation.”

According to Zwissler, following the introduction of the Australian emissions trading scheme in 2011, companies will need either a standalone hosted solution or a solution integrated into the existing financial system to provide information needed to manage their carbon exposures.

“The SAP EC solution combined with the global software integration capabilities of EDS will give organisations the flexibility to choose between these two options.”

Zwissler says that the launch of SAP’s EC solution in May Last year coincided with the Australian Government's introduction of the new National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) Act 2007, which, she said, established a national framework for Australian corporations to report on greenhouse gas emissions, reductions, removals and offsets, energy consumption and production.

The NGER scheme applies to 700 medium and large companies.

EDS and SAP are respondents to the Carbon Disclosure Project, an initiative that collects data on greenhouse gas emissions, and, according to EDS, it has set a carbon emission reduction target of 25 per cent by 2010 based on 2007 levels for its operations at all facilities across Australiaand New Zealand.

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