Bank of Queensland (BoQ) is trialling 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%.
Says David Liddy, MD, BoQ: "The EDS-developed system will help our company meet the energy targets and compliance standards introduced by the government's National Greenhouse Emissions Reporting (NGER) Act."
The service is based on Australian and international greenhouse gas accounting guidelines and protocols, with PricewaterhouseCoopers providing optional third-party assurance.
"This service will help our clients simplify and improve their carbon emissions management at the time when they're facing environmental, regulatory and shareholder obligations to do so," says Neil Emerson, MD, EDS Australia and New Zealand.
Last month Bank of America made an undisclosed investment in Philadelphia-based Field Diagnostic Services (FDSI) and will deploy the firm's energy management technology across thousands of US branches to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and cut energy costs in half.