CA, Inc. (Nasdaq: CA) announced today that Tesco (TSCO.L), the UK’s biggest retailer and the world’s third largest grocery retailer, has selected CA ecoSoftware to help fulfill its long-term commitment to drive down carbon emissions across its global operations.
CA ecoSoftware helps enterprises and managed service providers in a wide range of industries manage carbon, reduce energy use and become more sustainable. CA ecoSoftware also enables organizations to manage and govern their sustainability strategies, bringing what have traditionally been disparate departmental efforts into a centralized, cross-enterprise process and program.
With 468,000 Tesco employees working at more than 4,000 locations across 14 countries, the task of accounting for carbon emissions is time-consuming and complex. Tesco has implemented CA ecoSoftware to help increase the efficiency, speed, and accuracy of its carbon accounting process, enabling the company to more effectively track progress in pursuit of its carbon reduction goals.
"When we announced our plan two years ago to reduce our carbon footprint by 50% across all of our global operations, we knew we were taking on a big task," said Mike Yorwerth, IT director of Tesco plc. "Since that time a number of people across the business have been involved in measuring, documenting and reporting on our emissions–a time-consuming, largely manual task. We’re also overseeing hundreds of projects around the world designed to reduce our carbon footprint, all of which need to be prioritized and measured. With CA ecoSoftware, we expect to streamline the process of data management, helping to reduce errors and operational expenses, and improve our ability to communicate major milestones."
Based on ambitious targets announced in 2007 using 2006 as a baseline, Tesco plans to halve emissions from existing buildings by 2020; halve distribution emissions of each case of goods delivered by 2012; and halve emissions from new stores by 2020. The company has already halved its energy use per square foot in its UK stores and is diverting 100% of waste from its UK business away from landfill.
CA ecoSoftware offers visual tools designed for evaluating sustainability initiatives, such as projects to reduce carbon emissions or energy consumption, as well as program and project management capabilities, automated assessments for use internally and externally (for suppliers or other third parties), and direct energy metering able to capture information from devices within the datacenter and facilities across the enterprise.
CA said organizations can leverage assessment and reporting features to support voluntary disclosure efforts, as well as to help satisfy a range of carbon emissions regulations around the world. For example, the UK Carbon Reduction Commitment is new legislation that will target the non-energy intensive sectors, ultimately requiring thousands of public and private sector organizations to monitor and publicly report their carbon data.
Increased reporting requirements are expected to expand the market for carbon-management software solutions. Other companies making major moves into the sector include IBM (NYSE: IBM), Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) and SAP (NYSE: SAP).
"Rising energy costs, an increasing demand for energy and the expanding scope of carbon regulations mean that these issues have changed from a minor concern to a corporate imperative," said Terrence Clark, senior vice president and general manager of ecoSoftware at CA, Inc.