Consultancy giant Capgemini has this week announced it is teaming up with business software specialist CA Technologies to deliver a new service that will allow firms to outsource the management and reporting of their carbon and energy footprints.
Modeled on popular Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services for functions such as payroll, human resources and IT support, the new Energy, Carbon and Sustainability Business Process Outsourcing service will allow firms to hand responsibility for their environmental reporting processes to Capgemini.
The consultancy firm will use CA's ecoSoftware application suite to collect and manage customers' environmental data, including energy use and carbon emissions, and ensure they are compliant with reporting requirements such as those included in the government's Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) scheme.
Speaking to BusinessGreen, Sonny Masero, vice president for sustainability in EMEA at CA Technologies, said the service would allow companies to hand responsibility for increasingly complex data management and environmental reporting tasks to third-party specialists, providing in-house sustainability managers with the opportunity to focus more on developing and delivering green business strategies.
"CapGemini has proven in the past that this type of BPO brings opportunities for cost savings and opportunities to deliver more robust systems and processes," he said. "It also allows sustainability teams to spend more time focusing on future performance and less time chasing down data for the previous 12 months."
Stuart Neumann, senior manager at analyst firm Verdantix, hailed the new service as one of the first of its kind for the growing carbon software sector. "Capgemini's reputation for business process outsourcing is well-suited to complement CA ecoSoftware," he said. "This alliance between CA Technologies and Capgemini delivers a strong sustainability management capability to the market."
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