An article in today’s Times, “Silicon Valley Rocks Climate World with New Breed of Software,” gives a good overview of the emerging market for software that tracks and helps reduce GHGs. I was interviewed by Christa Marshall of ClimateWire for the article. The gist of my comments is that software is no silver bullet for organizations looking to save costs, comply with regulation, or improve planet earth.
Tracking GHGs (and other natural resources such as water) requires new business processes that are not free of cost. Likewise, reducing GHGs requires changing business processes and daily work practices (that can also be difficult and costly). As we learned with many of the ERP disasters a decade ago, software can’t force this to happen.
I’m cautiously optimistic that this new wave of GHG software, if used in conjunction with effective organizational changes, can deliver significant environmental and economic benefits. Let’s hope that we learn from past mistakes.