Carbon management tool to help businesses cut carbon outputs


30 Apr 2009

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Change.ie (www.change.ie) has just launched its Carbon Management Tool, which is a free online service that will help businesses better manage their carbon output and lower energy costs.

Via the Carbon Management Tool, businesses can calculate their emissions from energy, transport, water and waste using data relevant for Ireland, including data from Sustainable Energy Ireland and the Commission for Energy Regulation.

Firms can save their personalised data online and return any time to review and update information.

According to Change.ie, this tool will benefit all business types – ranging from shops, offices and SMEs to larger manufacturing plants, for example.

Change.ie also provides guidance on actions that organisations can take to better carbon manage their operations, in line with advice from Sustainable Energy Ireland and the Environmental Protection Agency. 

Speaking at yesterday’s launch, the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, John Gormley TD, said: “Every organisation can save money through knowing its carbon emissions and taking steps to reduce them through more effective energy supply and usage, improved travel policies and effective water and waste management.”

Dell, which has recently achieved carbon neutrality, has welcomed the initiative.

Speaking at the announcement yesterday, Dermot O’Connell, general manager, Dell Ireland, said: “More and more companies are looking to new technologies that will help them drive energy efficiencies.

“Simplifying IT and investing in green technologies can help reduce emissions, lower energy costs, decrease a company’s physical footprint in the data centre and reduce capital infrastructure costs.”
 
O’Connell encouraged businesses to think about their carbon footprint when considering their technology investment, pointing to the benefits of going down the virtualisation route as a means of consolidating to fewer and more high-performing servers.

Businesses interested in calculating their carbon counts should visit www.change.ie.

By Carmel Doyle

Pictured: the Change.ie website