IBM launches consulting service for sustainable assets
20/11/2009
The service helps clients analyze, manage environmental impact for property, IT, travel. IBM launches consulting service for sustainable assets

Fuente:   www.consultant-news.com    Fecha: 20.11.2009

IBM has introduced a consulting service to reduce the costs and environmental impact associated with managing property, equipment and business activities.

Sustainable Asset Analytics is designed to help clients manage real estate, supplier performance, carbon data collection and analysis, asset lifecycle maintenance, and all processes and systems used to support these activities. The service can be applied to everything from buildings to information technology and other office equipment to manufacturing tools and warehouse machinery to business travel.

Property, other assets and business activities of all types can be areas of waste and unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions. Culprits include poor planning and maintenance, inadequate energy management, the heating or cooling of unused space, and the inability to collect and analyze operational information. But by creating a comprehensive plan to manage and measure these activities and assets, clients can reduce energy and water use, lower greenhouse gas emissions and waste, and improve efficiency.

"Buildings alone are a source of huge waste and inefficiency, accounting for 70 percent of all energy use and 38 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions in the US," said Rich Lechner, energy and environment vice president for IBM. "Squeezing out that inefficiency and cost requires new 'smarter' technologies and business analytics."

For example, by using a detailed carbon reduction strategy and implementation plan created with IBM for travel, property, information technology and procurement, the UK government's advisor on the English natural environment, Natural England, has reduced CO2 emissions by 25 percent toward a goal of 50 percent by next year.

Leading UK construction and regeneration group Morgan Sindall has engaged IBM for this offering. This engagement follows IBM's work performing a Strategic Carbon Management assessment for Morgan Sindall's operations.