Tesco Installing Software to Manage Carbon Footprint Data

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Tesco Installing Software to Manage Carbon Footprint Data

U.K. retailer Tesco plans to install software to help fulfill its long-term commitment to drive down carbon emissions across its global operations.

The chain is working with Islandia, N.Y.-based CA’s ecoSoftware, which was developed to help enterprises and managed service providers manage carbon, reduce energy use and become more sustainable, as well as manage and govern their sustainability strategies in a centralized, cross-enterprise process and program.

“When we announced our plan two years ago to reduce our carbon footprint by 50 percent across all of our global operations, we knew we were taking on a big task,” said Mike Yorwerth, IT director of Tesco plc. “Since that time, a number of people across the business have been involved in measuring, documenting and reporting on our emissions -- a time-consuming, largely manual task. We’re also overseeing hundreds of projects around the world designed to reduce our carbon footprint, all of which need to be prioritized and measured. With CA ecoSoftware, we expect to streamline the process of data management, helping to reduce errors and operational expenses, and improve our ability to communicate major milestones.”

Based on ambitious targets announced in 2007 using 2006 as a baseline, Tesco plans to halve emissions from existing buildings by 2020, halve distribution emissions of each case of goods delivered by 2012, and halve emissions from new stores by 2020. The company has already reduced by half its energy use per square foot in its U.K. stores and is diverting 100 percent of waste from its U.K. business away from landfill, achieving this target almost a year ahead of schedule.

CA ecoSoftware offers visual tools designed for evaluating sustainability initiatives, such as projects to reduce carbon emissions or energy consumption, as well as program and project management capabilities, automated assessments for use internally and externally (for suppliers or other third parties), and direct energy metering able to capture information from devices within the data center and facilities across the enterprise.

The software’s assessment and reporting features can be used to support voluntary disclosure efforts, in addition to helping satisfy a range of carbon emissions regulations around the world.