By Elena Pérez-Miñana (Philips Research Labs)

Excerpt: In recent years there has been a fair amount of software tool development supporting a business’ environmental management system (EMS). A good summary on the most recent ones available has been published during 2011 in different issues of the Environmentalist [12,14]. It includes a plethora of tools that provide different levels of functionality, ranging from basic data management through macros embedded in an MS Excel environment (Cool farm from Unilever [4]); to a fully blown EMS software enabling an organisation to record/reduce and manage its basic resources; i.e. energy, waste, water and CO2 with the aim of minimising its environmental impact (Hara [8]).

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