Customer Story: Carbon Disclosure Project Combats Climate Change By Streamlining Data Collection

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Customer Story: Carbon Disclosure Project Combats Climate Change By Streamlining Data Collection

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The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)—which holds the world’s largest database of greenhouse gas emission and energy use data—needed an easy-to-use online reporting tool to streamline the reporting process for a growing customer base.

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is an independent not-for-profit organization holding the largest database of primary corporate climate change information in the world. Some 3,000 organizations, across the world’s largest economies, including Microsoft, now measure and disclose their greenhouse gas emissions and climate change strategies through CDP, so that they can set reduction targets and make performance improvements. With a growing customer base that is starting to include some of the world’s largest cities, they needed an easy-to-use online reporting tool to simplify the reporting process and aggregate data from different repositories.

The CDP collects and disseminates qualitative and quantitative data with the goal to motivate investors, corporations, and governments to mitigate climate change risks. The total number of disclosures and the range of disclosed data collected have grown significantly in recent years and much of this data has never been streamlined assembled before. Using Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Microsoft Services worked with the CDP to design an online system to support the complex questionnaires with a rules engine showing dynamic questions based on data entered, that also allows CDP to configure questionnaires without any outside help. Nine developers in three Microsoft Services locations—London, Reading, and India—used a suite of other Microsoft technologies, including Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server, the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 development system, Microsoft ASP.NET, and Windows Communication Foundation to help the CDP to fulfill its mission to combat climate change buy building a stronger IT infrastructure within the organization.

Through the partnership with Microsoft, CDP created a faster and more cost-effective system that provides companies and cities making disclosures about their carbon footprint a more streamlined view of programs to set more detailed reduction targets. The better and more accurate the data, the bigger the impact companies can make around climate change.

To learn more about CDP’s use of Office SharePoint Server 2007, read the case study.

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