According to the Seattle Times, Microsoft has announced that they are providing a free add-on to their ERP software (Microsoft Dynamics AX) that allows companies to track their carbon footprint. Basically, if you’re a company that can’t afford to hire an environmental consultant to help you come up with a plan on how to track your carbon footprint you can use this tool instead. Something doesn’t seem right – doesn’t purchasing and running an ERP system cost more than hiring an environmental engineer to help you identify key performance indicators to track?
The ERP dashboard tracks four different indicators:
- Direct energy consumption
- Indirect energy consumption
- Total direct and indirect green house emissions
- Other relevant green house emissions