Information Systems for Environmental Sustainability

IT, Resource Productivity, Environmental Preservation, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

“Decrepit” Environmental Management Software Applications

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According to Environmental Leader, a 2011 survey of NAEM members reveals that applications for environmental management are old, according to Jake White, AECOM’s IT project director for environment:

You can call that mature, or you can call that decrepit.

The survey also revealed that compliance, sustainability metrics, and GHG reporting are most demanded by senior executives:

EHS professionals answering the survey said that incident statistics and notice of violation systems are the types of information management that company executives ask for most. Next came sustainability metrics and greenhouse gas reporting.

In an intriguing finding, respondents said that carbon footprinting is their greatest unmet need when it comes to data systems – but few plan to spend more money on it soon, with the metric ranking 13th among planned spending areas in the next 24 months.

Audience members suggested that this apparent discrepancy may reflect a lack of mature carbon footprinting software, the difficulty of integrating this function with other systems, or that companies perceive carbon reporting as a future rather than a current need.

Process and change management tasks and GHG reporting tasks were ranked the second and third greatest unmet need.



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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