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Tesco Tosses Excel for Better Carbon Mgmt.

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From ComputerWorld UK

The UK’s largest supermarket chain implemented the CA EcoSoftware monitoring platform last month, in order to track and report on its carbon emissions, and to make better judgements on how to cut emissions in the future.

Tesco had been tracking the data on Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, which it said had become “difficult”, considering the data referred to 4,000 stores globally, distribution centres and offices, as well as its own offshore centre in India and its supplier data. The data is also in different languages around the world.

Simon Palinkas, head of green IT at Tesco, said the company had needed much better carbon emissions recording if the retailer is to meet its targets, set in 2007, of halving CO2 emissions by 2020, compared to 2006 figures. The company is also attempting to halve the emissions in its distribution channel by 2012.

“We needed a better way of measuring and reporting,” he told Computerworld UK. “We wanted a centralised system that’s out-of-the-box, with automated management, simple data entry, and instant visibility.”

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Author: nigelpm

Associate Professor of Information Systems, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan - Helping organizations to navigate digital transformation.

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