IT Briefcase, July 15, 2011
ENABLON FUNDING SIGNALS GROWTH IN SUSTAINABILITY MARKET
By David A. Kelly and Heather Ashton, Upside Research
It is nearly impossible to exist in today’s world without some mention of “green” or “eco” initiatives. Corporate IT has not been immune to this sustainability movement, and in many cases hold the key to transforming a business into one that reflects the new goals for reduced consumption of resources like energy and water.
(…) An emerging category of enterprise software aims to facilitate the implementation of sustainability initiatives across companies and their supply chains. This group of solutions is loosely organized under the category of Environmental Resources Management, and includes an array of vendors that come from such diverse technology areas as Facilities and Network Management, Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), Corporate Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC), and ERP.
Emerging from a heritage in EHS, Enablon has experienced a meteoric rise in the Environmental Resources Management market. The French company has become a leader in carbon management, the focal point for many corporate sustainability initiatives. With more than 250 global customers including Del Monte, Office Depot, Pepsico International, Timberland, and Volkswagen, and thousands of SMEs using its solutions, Enablon is making its own footprint in a market that measures and reduces carbon footprints.
The popularity of this market can be seen from recent investments in the technology. Last month, Enablon secured $15 million in funding from the Environmental Technologies Fund. The financing will support the company’s further expansion in Europe, North America and Asia along with increased product research and development, specifically in the area of cloud computing, which is an important delivery method for the sweet spot of carbon management: the supply chain.
Sustainability extends beyond the corporation, and solutions like Enablon are targeting supply chains, where much of the environmental impact of a product is determined. (...)