Having mastered ways to automate manufacturing and dozens of other business processes, SAP is now acquiring expertise in managing carbon emissions.
The enterprise software giant said on Monday it has acquired 2-year-old, privately held Clear Standards, a Sterling, Va.-based software company with tools for tracking and reporting a corporation's environmental impact. No financial terms were disclosed.
Clear Standards' Web-based hosted applications are designed to help a company
develop a strategy for managing carbon emissions and reducing its environmental
impact. The software can create an inventory of a company's emissions and then
give an environmental regulations manager, for example, a way to track efforts
to reduce energy and waste.
There are no mandatory restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions in the United States,
although both the House and the Senate are
working on bills that would affect heavy polluters, such as utilities and large manufacturers.
SAP said that the carbon management software is designed for companies that
are regulated, such as heavy polluters in Europe, as well companies that are
doing voluntary sustainability programs. The Clear Standards software will be
integrated with SAP application financial data and its Environment, Health, and
Safety Management application.
"It is essential that organizations gain actionable insight into their carbon
emissions, water consumption, energy use and other environmental factors so they
can lower their environmental impact," said SAP co-CEO Leo Apotheker, in a statement.
"Having this ability also correlates to an organization's efficiency and
Anticipating broader demand for carbon management software, a few companies
have developed carbon management software for tracking and reporting emissions.
Planet Metrics, for example, has a
tool for managing
internal emissions and deciding on the most effective way to meet voluntary
or mandatory goals.
This article was first published as a blog post on CNET News.