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Enterprise Carbon and Energy Management (ECEM) Systems are the Next Enterprise Applications.

Why ECEM Systems are  important?

Enterprise carbon and energy management (ECEM) systems in many  respects represent a conglomeration of important software services,  likely to become the enterprise’s most strategic tool.

Such systems are in the process of redefining how an organization  addresses its impact on the world. They are moving from a position where  financial elements tend to rule decision-making to one where societal  responsibilities play a significant part of business strategy.

As carbon becomes a new  entry on a corporate balance sheet, organizations must scramble to  understand the implications. Carbon will become a commodity and a  traceable liability, moving it from a position which was difficult to  even imagine only several years ago. Systems are being developed while  the market is being defined and countries set their goals. The goal  posts are moving but no one really knows yet where they will land and  who will be keeping score.

Information technology is a multi-billion dollar industry,  incorporating a multi-faceted approach to a typical organization’s  structure. Information systems exist to track organizational  performance, up time and to pull together the overall efficiency of  assets, human capital, and product delivery.

Business Environment of  the Future Measures Productivity Against Sustainability

Systems are not typically in place to measure ultimate efficiency in  terms of carbon exposure, nor real-time energy efficiency and  management. This is exactly where enterprise carbon and energy  management (ECEM) systems fit into the new enterprise application  infrastructure.

In the business environment of the new future, productivity will also  be measured against sustainability and while the primary goal of the  corporate boardroom may not be environmental management, such an issue  will be brought into sharper focus as public opinion and legislation  dictates.

Enterprise carbon and energy management (ECEM) systems may currently  be the subject of confusion. Many organizations do not yet have a  comfortable definition and as such systems are essentially cross  denominational. There will undoubtedly be much movement as each  organization determines how to construct a unified approach to the issue  of sustainability;


  • How to bring all departments onto the same page.
  • How to treat the new carbon liability to best effect.

Various Stakeholders  Interests Will Be Protected with Enterprise Carbon and Energy Management 

Different stakeholders within an organization have different  motivators and must answer to a variety of stakeholders. Enterprise  carbon and energy management systems help to draw together information  generated and required by each of those stakeholders.

Such systems will cut across organizational boundaries, perceived  barriers or real business process barriers. Finance is the primary stake  holder and organizational motivator, with energy efficiency  initiatives, and efforts to save money running hand-in-hand.

Where pleasing the customer, assuaging popular opinion, or responding  to investor pressure is concerned, achieving results through  implementation of enterprise carbon and energy management (ECEM) systems  can satisfy business owners, financial executives or risk management  officials.

Conservative enterprises are coming to the realization that a  do-it-yourself approach is not sufficient and that it is time to invest  in a systematic and verifiable approach to the creation and  dissemination of carbon emissions and enterprise-wide energy  information.

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