Report explores trends in software for managing emissions and carbon trading activities

While emissions monitoring software will likely spawn many start-ups, enterprises should expect traditional players to have a strong hand in helping the category achieve maturity.

If one of your New Year's resolutions is to figure out which software to use to manage your company's environmental and energy management programs, there is a new report out by research firm UtiliPoint (although it will cost you $1,500 to buy it). The angle that UtiliPoint takes it that there will be two distinct categories that emerge: one to handle carbon activities in much the way that a business would manage other commodities that are vital to its operations, the second for monitoring greenhouse gas emissions. The new research also contains an update of the regulatory environment.

Here's a comment from of the report's authors:

"In undertaking the study, we were particularly interested in the coming clash of the emissions monitoring and missions emissions trading vendors. In reality, while there will need to be integration between the two types of software, we feel that the evidence suggests that the existing CTRM (commodity trading and risk management) vendors will have a relatively easy task of adding GHG (greenhouse gas) trading and risk management functionality in their software and will continue to own that part of the business. As the emissions monitoring side develops and matures, it will naturally leave an area of functionality related to tracking and managing allowances that can be likened to the 'logistical' side of managing carbon."

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