Carbon Systems logoYou can’t manage what you can’t measure”, is an old management adage that is the motivation for Microsoft’s decision to select and adopt a cloud-based application for automatically capturing and reporting the company’s use of non-renewable resources.

Microsoft is committed to ongoing evaluation and improvement of our corporate environmental practices to minimize or improve our direct and indirect impact on the environment.With more than 90,000 employees worldwide working from approximately 640 buildings across 112 countries Microsoft needed a technology solution that could handle large amounts of data now and could be further developed to integrate powerful analytics and intelligence into existing data management systems. With these requirements in mind Microsoft has selected CarbonSystems’ Enterprise Sustainability Platform (ESP), a cloud-based application from Australian company CarbonSystems. This solution automatically captures and extracts data from a myriad of sources, including smart meters, energy providers, suppliers, waste processors, internal business systems, and even paper-based documents. This cloud solution will help Microsoft improve our reporting processes and make publishing our environmental impact to organisations like the Carbon Disclosure Project substantially easier.

Josh Henretig from Microsoft’s Environmental Sustainability team has blogged on this announcement. Follow Josh and the Sustainability team at Software Enabled Earth

From an Australian perspective the selection of CarbonSystems solution is evidence of the capacity of Australian ICT firms to innovate and create commercially successful businesses in a global marketplace.