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Energy Manager is a cloud-based energy management solution that can save your organization 15-20% on your utilities. This easy-to-use tool supports conservation and cost savings by utilizing data on current utility spend to highlight... Read more
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FM:Systems provides workplace management technology that enables Facility and Real Estate teams to identify, plan, and deliver the ideal workplace for every employee. Their web-based Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS) platform... Read more
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Empower your workforce with Archibus, a single integrated platform for managing all aspects of your organization’s facilities and infrastructure. Providing both on-premise and cloud solutions, Archibus can introduce operational efficiency... Read more
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CenterStone from Trimble is a modular system designed to track an organization’s real estate portfolio needs such as space management, facilities management, lease administration and environmental sustainability. Space management... Read more
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Dude Solutions provides a suite of cloud-based maintenance management applications that provides businesses with centralized requests, automated maintenance workflows and reporting. Asset Essentials is suitable for manufacturers,... Read more
MAINTIMIZER from Ashcom Technologies is a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) with integrated enterprise asset management (EAM) solution capabilities. The solution comes in three different variants based on their deployment... Read more
Axxerion CMMS is a cloud-based computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) suitable for any size company in different sectors including real estate, corporate, health care, education, retail, residential, manufacturing, service... Read more
JadeTrack is a cloud-based energy management software that delivers real-time insights, data automation, and savings opportunities. Platform features include automated utility bill management, ENERGY STAR benchmarking for facilities,... Read more
NETfacilities' CMMS software allows companies in all industries to streamline work orders, facility, and asset management. Users can automatically track and schedule maintenance activities, allowing them to operate proactively while... Read more
EnergyCap is a utility bill and energy management software for organizations of all sizes. With this solution, energy and sustainability managers can identify facility inefficiencies, see ENERGY STAR ratings, evaluate the impact of... Read more
Wattics is a cloud-based facilities management solution suitable for small to midsize businesses in a variety of industries. Key features include trend analytics, energy monitoring, measurement and verification (M&V), cost allocation... Read more
Entronix is a cloud-based energy management platform that provides consumption monitoring, demand prediction, fault detection and tenant-billing modules in a suite. The platform can be used by small to midsize organizations managing... Read more
DEXMA is a cloud-based energy management, intelligence and analytics software platform designed to help energy services companies of all sizes deliver energy usage data to their clients. Key features include automated reporting,... Read more
CAFM Explorer by McLaren Software is a leading, end-to-end facilities management product that combines a help desk, space planning, preventive maintenance, asset management and more into a single solution. CAFM Explorer allows users... Read more
Infor EAM solutions provide an enterprise asset management solution for companies in a variety of industries including manufacturing, healthcare, distribution, government entities, energy and service organizations. The solution helps... Read more
Accuvio is a cloud-based software solution sustainability management via a cloud-based platform. Key features include sustainability and environmental social governance (ESG) data tracking, reporting tools, configurable dashboards,... Read more
EnergyElephant is a cloud-based energy monitoring service that helps users track and manage energy consumption. It is suitable for various building types and all industries. EnergyElephant’s bill management feature automatically... Read more
eSSETS is a cloud-based facilities maintenance and asset management solution built for businesses of all sizes that helps them to manage the asset and facility lifecycle. eSSETS offers tools and services that are suitable for various... Read more
MACH Energy, an iES company, is a modern energy management software for commercial buildings of all sizes. The software is cloud-based (subscription) and accessible online and via mobile devices, including native iOS/Android apps. Solutions... Read more
Opinum Data Hub is a cloud-based solution that helps energy and environmental professionals make strategic business decisions by analyzing, enhancing and visualizing data sets from multiple sources. It enables employees to use variables,... Read more
A wide variety of companies use sustainability software to minimize their impact on the environment.
By measuring and managing operations, manufacturers, fleets, utilities, governments, real estate companies and other organizations can reduce their carbon footprints and responsibly preserve the environment and the well-being of their company.
Several vendors offer solutions to manage sustainability performance—This guide will educate buyers on important considerations before making a decision.
We'll cover the following:
What Is Sustainability Software?
Sustainability software helps companies manage all the data produced through their operations—from manufacturing, building maintenance, fleet management etc.—to evaluate their sustainability and impact on the environment.
To achieve this, massive amounts of data must be collected about utility bills, facility energy and water usage, fuel costs and other sources. Software analyzes this data to provide performance management dashboards and benchmarks to optimize efficiency, remain compliant to regulations and maintain corporate responsibility.
Sustainability is a practice that can offer long-term foresight into an organization's health and longevity, but also shows a commitment to social responsibility—thriving as a business while leaving the environment better for future generations.
Common Features of Sustainability Software
Several advanced features are included in sustainability software to gather and analyze data and perform audits. These may include:
|Data retrieval||Solutions offer multiple ways to collect data: importing bills directly from a utility, connecting to energy meters, monitoring carbon emissions and providing integrations with other systems in the enterprise.|
|Performance management||Refers to any features that analyze data to reveal how a company's sustainability practices are working. Key aspects include access to customizable dashboards and benchmarking, which compares an organization's sustainability or energy management performance against established guidelines or other companies.|
|Normalization||Normalization helps to find averages in, for example, weather, so that changes in temperature each year can be accounted for. In facilities management, occupancy can also be normalized to show how tenants or employees impact energy usage so companies can budget and forecast more accurately.|
|Compliance management||Tracks initiatives designed to help companies meet regulatory demands for energy use, waste reduction or carbon emissions. By creating a trail of actions and results, internal or external audits are made easier with templates that quickly prove compliance.|
|Document management||Store all of your relevant documents about sustainability practices, such as reports, audit sheets, equipment/facility documents and more for easy retrieval.|
|Reporting||Generate reports on any utility or energy usage or costs associated with sustainability programs to spot trends or inefficiencies.|
What Type of Buyer Are You?
Sustainability software is used by many different types of professionals. Some of these include:
- Corporate social responsibility (CSR) managers are becoming common now that companies are more aware and concerned about how their operations and practices impact the environment. These professionals manage internal and external initiatives, using sustainability software to assign tasks, track performance and produce reports to convey success of programs.
- Supply chain managers have the unique challenge of sourcing materials and labor from various suppliers and vendors globally, and in doing so, are concerned with a long list of external factors that can impact their efficiency—scarcity of resources, climate, conflicts etc. Software can help ensure their supply chain is sustainable as well as ethical, avoiding negative impacts from their methods of procuring resources by alerting users of important sustainability data about suppliers.
- Environmental health and safety managers are advocates for employees and the environment, and work to ensure safe, sustainable working conditions, as well as preventing damage to the environment by organizations. They also help companies follow carbon emission, waste and safety regulations, and use sustainability software to gather data and produce reports to provide compliance.
- Facilities managers need to monitor energy use in their buildings, which involves gathering data from disparate systems across the organization to identify where energy is being wasted. By building connections with these building information systems, managers can begin automating operational functions in the facilities with smart technology to optimize energy use. They can track this progress with sustainability software as part of their technology stack.
Energy management software is closely related to sustainability solutions, but focuses on tracking the energy usage and waste management aspect of sustainability programs. A major benefit of these systems is to analyze and identify areas of improvement.
UtilityTrac from FacilityDude offers customizable dashboards
Environmental, health and safety (EHS) solutions include three key functional areas: environmental management for sustainability and compliance reporting, health management to monitor occupational and industrial environments and safety management to track incidents on the job.
An integrated workforce management system (IWMS) is a combination of five different systems, including environmental sustainability functionality, which works similarly to stand-alone sustainability software, but is integrated with others for a holistic view of energy management.
Market Trends to Understand
Energy management and sustainability continue to be a major challenge globally, and several trends impact how corporations create initiatives:
Simplest small business energy-saving tips. The U.S. Small Business Association regularly offers up-to-date actionable tips that can make a real impact on usage and, thus, costs of energy. Here are some best practices:
- Install occupancy light sensors to only use lights when needed to save up to 30 percent.
- Faucet aerators are cheap and can potentially save thousands of gallons of water each year.
- Like light sensors, installing programmable thermostats is one of the most effective energy-saving investments a business can make.
Corporate social responsibility criticism. Even though CSR is a growing aspect of the corporate world, it's actual impact on the environment has come under scrutiny. Many critics claim sustainability initiatives are created, for the most part, to generate positive buzz around a brand.
In 2009, McKinsey offered best practices to ensure companies' efforts are more than PR moves. These are still effective today, and include starting with a long-term commitment, engage employees in the initiatives and communicate impact with the entire organization.
Growth of sustainability investments. Companies around the globe are realizing the benefit and necessity of sustainable practices, not only for their bottom lines but for the planet. We've seen a 33 percent jump in investments for sustainable strategies since 2014—a spend of more than $8 trillion.