Army Uses SaaS To Gauge Carbon 'Boot Print'

An expanded pilot program aims to cut costs and gas emissions and increase environmental compliance through use of standardized processes.
Enviance has been deployed in the utility, oil and gas, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, by companies such as Chevron, DuPont, and Koch. "We're going to look at things that have already been vetted and test driven by others," Davis said.

The service collects and aggregates emissions data, and compares that data to what's allowed in environmental permits, triggering a workflow if there's a problem.

Davis' office is making a list of greenhouse gas emitters to determine what to measure. The list includes boilers and energy consumption in buildings, emissions from firing weapons and operating vehicles, energy used by soldiers or civilian employees during travel, and energy used to produce the energy that's consumed on bases.

Soldiers, civilians or contractors primarily enter data manually into Enviance. The system can also receive uploaded Excel files, Access templates, and data from back-end systems such as SAP and Oracle. Davis would like to install monitors or sensors that link to the system for automated feeds.

It's too early to determine the potential costs of an Army-wide environmental management information system. Enviance customers pay from up to $100,000 a month, according to CEO Larry Goldenhersh.

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