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Special Report: Environmental Business Software

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A range of environmental business software resources are available to help users find and assess the best tools to meet their needs

Environment Tools, developed by consultants Aether with ENDS is a free database of more than 350 environmental accounting and management tools, available at www.environmenttools.co.uk. New tools can be listed and their details updated for free. Users can rate and comment on listed tools. A search facility enables users to filter tools by function, industry sector scope, environmental impacts assessed and more.

US energy consultancy Groom Energy (www.groomenergy.com) has a website listing vendors of carbon consulting software and their products (www.groomenergy.com/carbon_consulting_software.html).

CEMSUS (www.cemsus.com) is an Australian website produced by sustainability analyst Connection Research (www.connectionresearch.com.au). It presents a survey of carbon emissions management software. About 100 products are listed, together with a free report.

EHSsoftserve.com (www.ehssoftserve.com) is a US site listing hundreds of environmental software tools including carbon management, sustainability, air pollution, emergency planning and response, water, waste and chemicals management.

UK-based independent analyst Verdantix (www.verdantix.com) has produced several reports on environmental business software, including:

  • Green Quadrant, Carbon Management Software is a survey of 22 key vendors of carbon management software, with assessments of product capabilities and vendor market strength.
  • The Business Case for Carbon Management Software is a free guide.
  • Five Pitfalls of Sustainable Business Software highlights the problems to avoid when buying software.
  • Buyers Guide to Sustainable Business Software is a survey of products from 65 suppliers.