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Enterprise Sustainability Management Solutions: 
Reference Architecture & Buyer's Guide

Source: Don Bray and Jaclyn Pitera , AltaTerra Research 
June 2011, 95 pages

Summary Review

Organizations 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.

These 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 highest-value needs.

The 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 Sustainable Enterprise

Example Questions
  • 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? products? customers?
  • What processes and information management capabilities have become critical to sustainability, at the:
    • Management 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 sustainability?
  • 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

Industry segments: Utilities/Power, 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

Customer 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

Regulation: 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)

Reporting/Standards: Cap-and-Trade,Carbon Disclosure Project, Chicago Climate Exchange, Climate Action Plan, Energy Star, Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), LEED, The Climate Registry, WRI GHG Protocol

Practices: commissioning, demand response, life cycle analysis (LCA), value chain economic input-output (EIO) modeling

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