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Elevating
Sustainability
Reporting with
Advanced Energy
and Water Data
Collection
WEBINAR
Date: June 17, 2015
Meet your presenters
Alisdair McDougall
Senior Manager
Advisory Services,
Verdantix
Alistair Blackmore
Head of Implementat...
What will we cover today?
1 | Importance of quality data in corporate sustainability
2 | Today’s energy and water data col...
Type your questions here
at anytime during the webinar
Use #energydata to share
your thoughts on Twitter
How to interact t...
The importance of quality data in
corporate sustainability & today’s
energy and water data collection
and management chall...
Presented by Alisdair McDougall
Elevating Sustainability Reporting with
Advanced Energy and Water Data Collection
Alisdair McDougall
Senior Manager Advisory Services | Verdantix
●  Leads Verdantix research on energy management software ...
About Verdantix
Founded 2007
London
& New York
www.verdantix.com
Independent analyst firm focused on
energy, environment, ...
Firms’ attitudes towards sustainability are changing
Source: Verdantix Sustainability Leaders Survey Budgets & Priorities ...
Firms are increasingly communicating sustainability strategy and
performance through sustainability reports
Source: Verdan...
A number of different reporting frameworks have been developed in an
attempt to help firms report non-financial data
Firms are also electing to participate in an increasing number of
voluntary disclosures and certifications
Firms appreciate that they need to improve their data collection and
management
Source: Verdantix: EH&S Leaders Survey Bud...
Why?
Data should be the foundation of all successful strategies and
sustainability is no exception
Source: Verdantix
Collect an...
Data plays a central role in driving sustainability performance
Source: Verdantix
Role Of
Data In
Continuous
Improvement
S...
Managing sustainability data is challenging though because of the 3 V’s
of BIG DATA
Volume Velocity Variety
The three most common methods of data collection are not fit for
purpose at a corporate level
Manual Data Entry OCR EDI
Ti...
Key Takeaways
1 | Data is the foundation of all critical sustainability decisions
2 | Aggregating and organizing energy an...
How automation can alleviate
energy and water data
collection issues
Technology is changing the world
...and now the world’s
information is a click away
Accessing information in
the 80’s...
Technology is enabling automation
...and todayAutomobile manufacturing
circa 1950...
Opportunities for automation in the utility industry
Utility data collection
over the past century...
OCR
manual data entry
Antiquated manual approach is inefficient and does not scale
●  Slow
●  Error prone
●  Incomplete
-
100
200
300
400
500
60...
Why is utility data so hard to collect and organize?
Collecting and delivering data from a very large number of
disparate ...
What makes automation possible today?
Automation
Automation brings scale and cost savings
●  Delivered faster
●  Higher quality
●  More detailed
-
100
200
300
400
500
600
...
Why does automation matter for sustainability reporting and
management?
Operational efficiency
Cost
Timing
Accuracy
Reliab...
Key Takeaways
1 | Until recently, collecting utility data was incredibly complex and an
impediment to sustainability repor...
How to use software for data
visualization, sustainability
reporting, and performance
management
●  > 10 years experience working with Sustainability Reporting and Utility
Management
●  8 years Implementation experience...
info@credit360.com www.credit360.com
•  Sustainability & EHS specialists
•  Over a decade of experience
•  In-house develo...
info@credit360.com www.credit360.com
Overview
info@credit360.com www.credit360.com
Each of these areas can benefit from automated data from 3rd party
sources.
Solution ...
info@credit360.com www.credit360.com
•  Increasingly easy due to experience and
expectation
•  A range of different protoc...
info@credit360.com www.credit360.com
Integrating automated data
info@credit360.com www.credit360.com
•  Utility consumption over
time
•  High granularity (15 min
interval) enables
•  Act...
info@credit360.com www.credit360.com
Data can then aggregate – temporally and through the
business structure
Charting & An...
info@credit360.com www.credit360.com
Charting & Analysis
Identify outliers & areas for
improvement
info@credit360.com www.credit360.com
•  Using standard emissions calculation tools enables
•  Consistent Carbon reporting
...
info@credit360.com www.credit360.com
Multiple data sources
enable deeper insight
Higher frequency enables
action instead o...
info@credit360.com www.credit360.com
Reliability and
presentation enables the
data to be presented
more elegantly and
succ...
info@credit360.com www.credit360.com
London 2012
•  31 Projects
•  7 Themes
•  Monthly collection
540 hrs per month
$600,0...
Key Takeaways
1 | Storing data in one central source enables powerful insight
2 | The increase in frequency enabled by aut...
Questions?
Thank you for
attending!
Contact: Erik Becker,
Vice President of Sales
erik.becker@urjanet.com
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Elevating Sustainability Reporting with Advanced Energy and Water Data Collection

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Sustainability and "going green" are increasingly becoming high priority topics on the agenda of C-level executives and public officials. More organizations are looking into sustainability management and view reporting as an opportunity to build brand trust, satisfy key stakeholders, and identify areas for improvement. Yet, many organizations struggle to collect and organize the data they need to power their reports and management systems.

This webinar dives into why high quality data is critical for sustainability reporting and sheds light upon the energy and water data collection challenges organizations are facing today. Our expert panel discusses advanced energy and water data collection and standardization methods and explains how this data can be leveraged in software to provide actionable insights. This session features Alisdair McDougall from Verdantix, Erik Becker from Urjanet, and Alistair Blackmore from CRedit360.

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Elevating Sustainability Reporting with Advanced Energy and Water Data Collection

  1. 1. Elevating Sustainability Reporting with Advanced Energy and Water Data Collection WEBINAR Date: June 17, 2015
  2. 2. Meet your presenters Alisdair McDougall Senior Manager Advisory Services, Verdantix Alistair Blackmore Head of Implementation, CRedit360 Erik Becker VP of Sales, Urjanet
  3. 3. What will we cover today? 1 | Importance of quality data in corporate sustainability 2 | Today’s energy and water data collection and management challenges 3 | How automation can alleviate energy and water data collection issues 4 | How to use software for data visualization, sustainability reporting, and performance management 5 | Live Q&A
  4. 4. Type your questions here at anytime during the webinar Use #energydata to share your thoughts on Twitter How to interact today
  5. 5. The importance of quality data in corporate sustainability & today’s energy and water data collection and management challenges
  6. 6. Presented by Alisdair McDougall Elevating Sustainability Reporting with Advanced Energy and Water Data Collection
  7. 7. Alisdair McDougall Senior Manager Advisory Services | Verdantix ●  Leads Verdantix research on energy management software and industrial technologies ●  Previous experience working for the energy and sustainability team at Peter Brett Associates, a development and infrastructure consultancy ●  Masters in Energy and Environmental Engineering from the University of Cambridge
  8. 8. About Verdantix Founded 2007 London & New York www.verdantix.com Independent analyst firm focused on energy, environment, health & safety and sustainability
  9. 9. Firms’ attitudes towards sustainability are changing Source: Verdantix Sustainability Leaders Survey Budgets & Priorities 2012 & 2014 12% 38% 30% 21% 3% 30% 39% 28% Sustainability is a new concept for our organization and we are still grappling with what it means Sustainability describes the long-term viability of our organization in the context of natural resource scarcity Sustainability describes our organization's medium-term performance on non-financial metrics such as energy, EH&S and social responsibility Sustainability describes energy, EH&S and sustainability factors that already impact our organization's annual and quarterly financial performance Which statement best describes your perspective on what sustainability means for your CEO? (select one) 2014 (n=260) 2012 (n=250)
  10. 10. Firms are increasingly communicating sustainability strategy and performance through sustainability reports Source: Verdantix Sustainability Reporting Frameworks Gain Global Traction, GRI Region Africa Oceania North America Latin America Asia Europe CAGR 2004-2014 35% 23% 29% 48% 40% 27% Total 32% 11   43   124   146   164   285   385   535   732   1,161   1,543   2,019   2,638   3,019   4,355   4,490   0   500   1000   1500   2000   2500   3000   3500   4000   4500   5000   1999  2000  2001  2002  2003  2004  2005  2006  2007  2008  2009  2010  2011  2012  2013  2014   Number  of  Reports  
  11. 11. A number of different reporting frameworks have been developed in an attempt to help firms report non-financial data
  12. 12. Firms are also electing to participate in an increasing number of voluntary disclosures and certifications
  13. 13. Firms appreciate that they need to improve their data collection and management Source: Verdantix: EH&S Leaders Survey Budgets & Priorities 2014, Sustainability Leaders Survey Budgets & Priorities 2014, Energy Leaders Survey Budgets & Priorities 2015 45% 38% 15% 2% Very Important Important Neutral Unimportant 29% 53% 15% 3% Very Important Important Neutral Unimportant 41% 43% 14% 2% 0% Very Important Important Neutral Unimportant Don't Know 260 Sustainability Leaders 250 EH&S Leaders 286 Energy Leaders 83% see improving corporate sustainability reporting as very important or important 82% see improving sustainability data collection & reporting as very important or important 84% see improving energy data collection & reporting as very important or important
  14. 14. Why?
  15. 15. Data should be the foundation of all successful strategies and sustainability is no exception Source: Verdantix Collect and centralize sustainability data Analyse, report and communicate on sustainability performance Increase scope of database across business units, countries and processes Manage a portfolio of sustainability targets and initiatives Enhance analytical capabilities based on richer data set and higher confidence Integrate greater number of data streams Transform business operations that are aligned with firms sustainability strategy Benchmark operational and financial and benefits of sustainable business investments Incorporate sustainability within procurement Integrate sustainability with internal operations systems Collect Monitor Manage Optimize
  16. 16. Data plays a central role in driving sustainability performance Source: Verdantix Role Of Data In Continuous Improvement Strategy and Planning Data Acquisition Software Analytics Data Interpretation and Analysis
  17. 17. Managing sustainability data is challenging though because of the 3 V’s of BIG DATA Volume Velocity Variety
  18. 18. The three most common methods of data collection are not fit for purpose at a corporate level Manual Data Entry OCR EDI Time Intensive Error Prone Expensive Low Granularity Inconsistent Unsophisticated Information Delay Gaps
  19. 19. Key Takeaways 1 | Data is the foundation of all critical sustainability decisions 2 | Aggregating and organizing energy and water data can be very difficult 3 | The most common methods of data collection are not suitable at the corporate level
  20. 20. How automation can alleviate energy and water data collection issues
  21. 21. Technology is changing the world ...and now the world’s information is a click away Accessing information in the 80’s...
  22. 22. Technology is enabling automation ...and todayAutomobile manufacturing circa 1950...
  23. 23. Opportunities for automation in the utility industry Utility data collection over the past century... OCR manual data entry
  24. 24. Antiquated manual approach is inefficient and does not scale ●  Slow ●  Error prone ●  Incomplete - 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 800 900 1,000 Peopleneededtodeliverdata Monthly data sources Disparate Utility Bills Weeks Manual Data Entry Low Quality Utility Data
  25. 25. Why is utility data so hard to collect and organize? Collecting and delivering data from a very large number of disparate sources is a massive combinatorial problem.
  26. 26. What makes automation possible today? Automation
  27. 27. Automation brings scale and cost savings ●  Delivered faster ●  Higher quality ●  More detailed - 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 800 900 1,000 Peopleneededtodeliverdata Monthly data sources Utilities High Quality Utility Data Minutes
  28. 28. Why does automation matter for sustainability reporting and management? Operational efficiency Cost Timing Accuracy Reliability Consistency Visibility Transparency
  29. 29. Key Takeaways 1 | Until recently, collecting utility data was incredibly complex and an impediment to sustainability reporting 2 | Industry changes and advances in technology have created the opportunity to bring automation to the process 3 | Automation will improve sustainability reporting processes and allow new organizations to report on sustainability for the first time
  30. 30. How to use software for data visualization, sustainability reporting, and performance management
  31. 31. ●  > 10 years experience working with Sustainability Reporting and Utility Management ●  8 years Implementation experience with CRedit360 working with strategic clients including H&M, Deutsche Bank, Heineken, SAB Miller, Philips & Barclays ●  MSc in Environmental Science and Sustainability from Lund University, Sweden Alistair Blackmore Head of Implementation | CRedit360
  32. 32. info@credit360.com www.credit360.com •  Sustainability & EHS specialists •  Over a decade of experience •  In-house development •  Hosted, managed software solution with installed option •  Existing integrations with numerous automated data sources •  Key partnerships and accreditations: About us
  33. 33. info@credit360.com www.credit360.com Overview
  34. 34. info@credit360.com www.credit360.com Each of these areas can benefit from automated data from 3rd party sources. Solution areas
  35. 35. info@credit360.com www.credit360.com •  Increasingly easy due to experience and expectation •  A range of different protocols •  Push –  Post via https:// –  Email –  EDIEL •  Pull –  Listen to sFTP/FTPs site –  Via API Integrating automated data
  36. 36. info@credit360.com www.credit360.com Integrating automated data
  37. 37. info@credit360.com www.credit360.com •  Utility consumption over time •  High granularity (15 min interval) enables •  Active monitoring •  Exception reporting •  Alarm setting •  Invoice verification Charting & Analysis
  38. 38. info@credit360.com www.credit360.com Data can then aggregate – temporally and through the business structure Charting & Analysis •  Automatically updated dashboards •  Visual interpretation •  Track progress against targets
  39. 39. info@credit360.com www.credit360.com Charting & Analysis Identify outliers & areas for improvement
  40. 40. info@credit360.com www.credit360.com •  Using standard emissions calculation tools enables •  Consistent Carbon reporting •  Pre-approved data sources •  Audit-ready exports •  Fully automated saving time •  Increase frequency •  Manage, not just measure Emissions calculations
  41. 41. info@credit360.com www.credit360.com Multiple data sources enable deeper insight Higher frequency enables action instead of review Decision Making
  42. 42. info@credit360.com www.credit360.com Reliability and presentation enables the data to be presented more elegantly and succinctly Decision Making
  43. 43. info@credit360.com www.credit360.com London 2012 •  31 Projects •  7 Themes •  Monthly collection 540 hrs per month $600,000 p.a. Cost saving
  44. 44. Key Takeaways 1 | Storing data in one central source enables powerful insight 2 | The increase in frequency enabled by automated data collection can move you from just reporting to managing your impacts 3 | Embedding advanced energy and water data collection can save money
  45. 45. Questions?
  46. 46. Thank you for attending! Contact: Erik Becker, Vice President of Sales erik.becker@urjanet.com

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