Information Systems for Environmental Sustainability

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AMEE Goes Global

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In the enterprise carbon tracking supply chain, AMEE is an intermediary that translates energy data to C02 equivalent data. It does this via an API that carbon management software developers can call within their programs.

In simple terms (as I understand their model), AMEE takes raw data feeds of energy use and converts them into reliable and accurate CO2 equivalents using standard protocols (e.g., GHG Protocol). This saves companies the trouble of keeping up with moving target global standards for performing these computations.

In technical terms, “AMEE is a Web-based API that allows users to store and retrieve many forms of consumption data over long periods, while simultaneously applying recognized carbon calculation models to determine the environmental consequences of that consumption. It has been used by developers to deliver myriad energy-tracking and energy-management solutions.” [more here]

What else will AMEE do with all that data? One example is aggregation and display of carbon emissions by geography, which has recently gone global.

AMEE secures $5.5m to go global with realtime carbon monitoring

AMEE, the US/UK-based startup that aims to build the largest engine for computing greenhouse gas emissions, has secured a $5.5m series B financing lead by Amadeus Capital Partners alongside existing investors, including O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures and Union Square Ventures. AMEE will use the funding to expand its geographic reach and platform.

The prize AMEE is aiming for, known in the sector as “enterprise carbon management”, is expected to reach $4 billion by 2017 because of government and consumer pressure to address climate change. AMEE’s engine is now being used by companies offering carbon accounting or business intelligence software, as well as governments, multi-nationals and SMEs.

The problem AMEE is addressing is that there are currently, multiple standards and hundreds of thousands of individual emission factors used to determine something’s carbon footprint.

So AMEE has codified the major greenhouse gas standards, their computation models, and emission factors into an engine that is available to clients via its API. This is exposed as a RESTful HTTP-based web service with XML, JSON and Atom interfaces. Customers so far include SAS and the UK Government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). AMEE’s search engine also enables discovery of greenhouse gas standards and emission factors.

In July last year it boosted its board with Toby Coppel, former chief strategy officer of Yahoo!

It has also created RealTimecCarbon, a joint project by Dynamic DemandAMEE and Demand Logic, which lets you see the real-time carbon intensity of electricity so consumers can avoid consuming at times of high emissions. This could eventualy be linked to appliances, buildings and factories so they could automatically manage demand according to the carbon being released.

If AMEE stores other company’s data, could there be privacy issues here? It would be interesting to know what the user agreement looks like for a company using AMEE’s API… I suspect that the significant value embedded in these data stored by AMEE will be leveraged in future…

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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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