Bank of Queensland (BoQ) has trialled a new service from tech vendor EDS that helps companies calculate energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions generated by their IT infrastructures.
EDS says the carbon impact assessment service - part of the vendor's Carbon Emissions Management Service (CEMS) - establishes a verifiable baseline to enable BoQ to measure, monitor and benchmark carbon efficiency.
The vendor says its C-Counter application captures energy and emissions data in real time over an eight week period, providing accurate mapping and calculations of emissions from each business unit, IT application and asset.
BoQ is the first to trial the service, which EDS claims will enable businesses to reduce IT-related greenhouse gas emissions by up to 40% and the total cost of ownership of technology assets by up to 30%.
The service is based on Australian and international greenhouse gas accounting guidelines and protocols, with PricewaterhouseCoopers providing optional third-party assurance.
Finextra verdict: The first step to reducing emissions is understanding the business' current footprint. Applications that can simplify the complex calculations involved will go some way to encouraging more organisations to meet their environmental, regulatory and shareholder obligations become greener.