As a Technology Leader, you can leverage technology and data to help measure your firm’s emissions, as well as identify and implement solutions to reduce emissions in IT and across the value chain.
All Technology Leaders (including CTO's and CIO's) play an important enabling role in enterprise sustainability programs. In this
brochure we explore ways in which you could mobilise your team to identify and measure emissions, implement carbon accounting tools,
use greener technologies in your department and the wider firm, collaborate with suppliers and bring your colleagues on the journey.
By working collaboratively with other departments and stakeholders, you can help your firm achieve its sustainability goals, meet its regulatory requirements and reduce its environmental impact.
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The Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) requires companies to report on their scope 3 emissions, which are indirect
emissions that occur in your value chain, such as emissions from suppliers, customers, and the use of your products by end customers.
Scope 3 emissions usually account for a significant portion of a company’s total emissions, and therefore it is essential to track
and report on them to understand and manage your overall carbon footprint.
Under the CSRD, companies will be required to report on 50 sustainability indicators, including greenhouse gas emissions, across a range of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues.
The CSRD also includes specific reporting requirements for companies that are considered to be “large” or “public-interest entities” in the EU. These companies will need to report in accordance with the Sustainability Reporting Standards developed by the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG), which include requirements for scope 3 emissions reporting.
Unless your firm is in Financial Services it is unlikely you will have been subject to a regulatory environment of this type before, so seek advice from experts including Oliver Wyman on how to navigate the process.
Calculating your scope 3 emissions requires data about or from your suppliers about the materials,
products and services you purchase from them.
To prevent new risks from untested software being used for this data collection purpose, it may be that the additional requirements can be gathered via an existing solution, preserving the single source of truth for supplier information, reducing friction and increasing speed. Alternatively you may already capture the information you need.
When you have obtained the data from your suppliers, or harvested them from your ERP system, you will need a
carbon accounting tool to calculate your emissions, prepare regulatory reports and model passive and active abatement.
Decisions are needed regarding:
The tools to use
Whether to use on-premise or in the cloud, and on which platform
To license on a SaaS basis or commission a bespoke build
How data flows will work
Whether your solution will be dynamic to allow abatement modelling or static to account for historic emissions
Which existing software you run the new tool will integrate with
How you will respond to requests from your internal stakeholders and regulators to change assumptions and rework the emissions calculations
Oliver Wyman’s view is that too many firms are seeking to create software too soon. Our approach is to create a prototype with our clients, harvest data from your existing ERP system and model it to meet near team regulatory and management requirements. Only then will you know if that approach is workable longer term, or whether you need to conduct an RFP process to serve your needs.
You will find it helpful to understand, discuss and agree with the CFO and other leaders topics including:
Decisions are needed regarding:
Double digit growth in the carbon footprint generated by Corporate IT is expected in the next few years.
This means that Green IT is vital for companies’ efforts to achieve their environmental, social, and governance (ESG) targets - with enterprise technology generating significant emissions. In addition, Green IT is a catalyst for legacy modernisation, transformation & contributes to the value of the company in the eyes of its shareholders.
Exhibit 1: How IT can generate Greenhouse Gas (GHG), example on AI
Source: Oliver Wyman analysis
Reducing the emissions from your IT operations can be achieved through some quick wins and long term changes. For example:
Rationalising the number of devices your employees use
Increasing the life span of end-user devices
Consolidating application landscape factoring the footprint
Deepening the use of the cloud technologies
Managing and minimising e-waste
Maximising the efficiency of travel and office-building occupancy
Moving to low-carbon energy suppliers
Please get in touch with us, whether you have a general enquiry, would like to see if your firm or organization is eligible for a free pilot analysis, to book a demo, or if you'd like to join. There are no long forms to fill out. Simply send an email, and someone will be in touch.