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What does your carbon management plan look like?

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2012 will long be remembered in Australia as the year of the carbon tax.*

With the introduction of Government carbon pricing policy, the spotlight is now firmly placed on how private and public sectors monitor and manage carbon outputs.

Whether it’s a basic recording of fuel consumption across a fleet of cars, or a complex carbon tracking system deployed across a range of operations, the way companies manage their carbon footprint is varied and diverse.

For anyone making a start in assessing corporate carbon policies, it can be a daunting task to plan a long-term strategy and set goals.

In this post, we take a look at how some leading businesses – in Australia and overseas – manage and track carbon, as well as implement their own carbon policies across their operations.

We also ask; should there be greater cooperation and collaboration between industry sectors in the development of corporate carbon management processes?

An example of an Australian brand excelling in carbon management and reduction is Linfox, a company that is operating in an industry often challenged by public perception in relation to its contribution to national greenhouse gas emissions.

Linfox is the largest privately owned supply chain solutions organisation in the Asia Pacific region. It is also very progressive in terms of building a strategy and commitment to reducing its carbon footprint. It is working toward a goal of cutting its COS-e emissions by 50%, by 2015 (based on FY07 emissions) and has made considerable progress to meet this target. According to Linfox’s last audit, the company had reached a reduction rate of 36%.

Hewlett-Packard (HP):
This printer and computer manufacturer experienced a reduction in travel costs by 43 per cent after it identified staff transport as a carbon hotspot. It built a strategy around deploying videoconferencing technology to reduce its carbon footprint.

Since 1998, this French auto-manufacturer has taken huge steps to reduce its carbon footprint and generate cost savings through environmental corporate policies.

According to the Carbon Disclosure Project, management bonuses are even influenced by the environmental performance of the company. Its performance is measured against a range of indicators but the fact that the organisation incorporates its environment performance with management KPIs presents one example for how the company ensures targets are met.

The way this technology is applied to a business’ operations can differ greatly but ultimately all roads lead to a similar destination in terms of how business seek to reduce their environmental impact, and offset costs where possible.

In the next blog post, we will share a management plan template designed to make this process a little easier.

* We have addressed the topic of the carbon tax in a previous post on the ERP Channel.

Steven Hafey

Steven Hafey

Steven Hafey is a Technical Business Analyst for ERP vendor Pronto Software.

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