EDS Launches Carbon Emissions Management Service

7 August 2008

EDS has launched Australia’s first home-grown carbon impact assessment service for information technology infrastructure.

Part of a comprehensive green management suite, known as Carbon Emissions Management Service (CEMS), the assessment was developed to help organisations calculate energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions emanating from the use of information technology.

“We are very pleased to be taking a major step on the transformational journey that began 12 months ago with our Go for Green initiative,” acting Managing Director for EDS Australia and New Zealand, Neil Emerson said. “This service will help our clients simplify and improve their carbon emissions management at the time when they’re facing environmental, regulatory and shareholder obligations to do so.”

Establishing a robust, verifiable baseline that can enable a company to measure, monitor and benchmark its carbon efficiency is a logical way to set an organisation on a green course and become part of the solution to the climate change issue.

Bank of Queensland (BoQ) is the first organisation to trial the service, which will enable businesses to reduce IT-related greenhouse gas emissions by up to 40 per cent and the total cost of ownership of IT assets by up to 30 per cent.

BoQ Managing Director David Liddy said: “The EDS-developed system will help our company meet the energy targets and compliance standards introduced by the government’s National Greenhouse Emissions Reporting (NGER) Act.”

The eight-week process captures energy and emissions data in real time using locallydeveloped application, C-Counter, for accurate mapping and calculations of emissions from each business unit, IT application and asset.

The service is based on Australian and international greenhouse gas accounting guidelines and protocols. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) can provide third-party assurance or other services over the baseline and subsequent IT carbon footprints calculated by EDS.

“PwC’s optional services provide organisations with increased confidence over reductions achieved, and may also assist with various reporting requirements around greenhouse gas and energy consumption,” said Nick Ridehalgh, PwC partner, Sustainability & Climate Change Services.

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