The revelation yesterday that many government departments are unable to provide an environmental watchdog with data on their carbon emissions and waste production will again lead to calls for better environmental reporting systems.
But while it is inexcusable that a government that claims it is committed to tackling climate change is not monitoring basic environmental metrics within its own departments, it is also worth noting that effective measurement of environmental performance remains a complex, time consuming and often manual task when compared with other, more established, reporting processes.
Thankfully there does appear to be an answer to this problem on the horizon in the form of automated software suites capable of monitoring and calculating environmental performance in areas such as waste and water use and carbon emissions.
Business applications specialist Lawson became the latest to address this embryonic market this week with the launch of an initiative to deliver software to help firms manage their CSR projects, report on their environmental metrics and adhere to the UN-backed Global Reporting Initiative on CSR best practices.
You can read more about Lawson's plans here.
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