Enterprise Sustainability Management Solutions:
Reference Architecture & Buyer's Guide
Source: Don Bray and Jaclyn Pitera , AltaTerra Research
June 2011, 95 pages
around the world are elevating resource efficiency and sustainability from a
tactical to a strategic concern – and are moving aggressively to improve
environmental performance in operating processes and products. For many, this has meant new information
management and process control challenges, around energy use, water use, solid
waste, toxic materials, carbon emissions and other factors – inside the
organization and across the value chain.
requirements vary dramatically by organization and industry. And despite the wide array of new enterprise
sustainability management software and IT-enabled control systems now
available, there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution. Establishing an effective, long-term
information architecture means taking a comprehensive view of sustainability,
and putting in place integrated capabilities that serve the organization’s
report presents a clear, six-level reference architecture classifying essential
capabilities for sustainability management at an overall enterprise level down
to the device level. We analyze
offerings from nineteen top application software providers in the context of
capability sets at the top two levels of the reference architecture -
enterprise sustainability management and business operations resource
management. Lastly, we present a series
of recommendations for how organizations can proceed in establishing effective
enterprise architectures for sustainability.
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Scope of Sustainable Enterprise Information Systems
AltaTerra Information Reference Architecture for the
- How is sustainability strategic to our business, and what
drives the business case?
- How are we defining sustainability? What resources, impacts,
costs, risks, and related information do we need to more specifically manage?
- Do we measure and address the impacts of our suppliers?
processes and information management capabilities have become critical to
sustainability, at the:
and reporting level?
- Operations level?
- Facilities, systems, and subsystem level?
- How do we architect processes and systems that effectively
support the highest-value needs of our organization, as it relates to
- In the context of
our current IT and facilities systems, how do we map the gaps between current
capabilities and needs?
- What solutions and
solution providers are available in the marketplace? How do these solutions
vary in terms of capabilities and target markets? Which one(s) are right for us?
- How should we proceed with evaluating/implementing/enhancing
such a solution?
Vendors: C3, CA, Climate Earth, CSRWare, Dakota
Software, Enablon, EnerNOC, Enviance, ENXSuite, Greenstone Carbon, Hara, IHS,
Johnson Controls, ProcessMAP, PTC, SAP, SAS, Tririga, Verisae
Technology:, air handler, ballasts, boilers,
carbon sensor, chiller, electric meter, electric vehicle, generators, HVAC,
hybrid electric vehicles, LED, lighting, microgrid, motors, refrigeration
units, renewables, sensors, smart meters, software-as-a-service,solar
panel, thermometer, valves, VAV box, VSD voltage control,wind turbine,
wireless sensor network
Geography: Asia Pacific, California, Canada,
Chicago, China, Europe, European Union, India, Massachusetts, New York City,
North America, UK, United States
Metals/Mining, Chemicals, Oil & Gas, Cement, Heavy Manufacturing,
Pharmaceuticals/Biotech, Real Estate Portfolios, Hotel Chains,
Transportation/Logistics, Telecommunications, Retail Chains, Manufacturing,
Federal Government, Military, IT/Electronics, Municipalities, Universities,
Prison System, Ports/Marine, Hospitals, State Government, Construction,
Financial Services, Professional Services
entities include: ADM,
American Electric Power, Amerigas, Applied Materials, Bloomberg, Bosch,
Cardinal Health, City of Chicago, City of New York, Del Monte, Duke University,
Empire State Building, Fresh & Easy, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer,
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources,Mission Produce, Pacific Gas
& Electric, SunPower, Tesco
EPA Clean Air Act, EPA Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule (74 FR 5620),
European Union Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS), Global Warming
Solutions Act of 2006 (AB32), REACH, Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI),
RoHS,Title V, UK CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme, U.S. Securities and
Exchange Commission, WEEE, Western Climate Initiative (WCI)
Disclosure Project, Chicago Climate Exchange, Climate Action Plan, Energy Star,
Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), LEED, The Climate Registry, WRI GHG
Practices: commissioning, demand response, life
cycle analysis (LCA), value chain economic input-output (EIO) modeling