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Zürich, 06.11.2013
Media information: With Swiss software against climate change

The participants in the upcoming UN climate conference in Warsaw will have to get involved in tough negotiations to achieve worldwide improvements in climate protection. Many stake-holders are under pressure to make the energy turnaround reality – among them the utility companies and departments of works. In order to initiate specific measures, however, the corresponding instruments are required. The industry is now getting help from the new Swiss software solution ECOBusiness, which for the first time enables efficient CO2 balancing in line with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and long-term monitoring.

The recently published fifth climate report of the IPCC confirms once again the long-term trend towards global warming and the members of the UNO Climate Convention agree: the earth must not warm up by more than 2 degrees. European energy suppliers and departments of works in particular want to assume their responsibility in the question of climate and see themselves to an increasing extent in the role of transparent and sustained providers. What are needed, however, are instruments for efficient energy and greenhouse gas balancing as well as long-term monitoring. An examination of the energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions over the long term is the only way to create credible environmental reports and derive the appropriate expedient measures to reduce CO2 emissions.

To this end, the Swiss software company ECOSPEED, in cooperation with the municipal utility companies in Aachen (STAWAG), have developed sector-specific balancing software for energy suppliers and departments of works. This now enables highly precise energy and greenhouse gas balancing for power stations and business activities in line with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. ECOBusiness EVU permits flexible representation of the company structure and simple data consolidation across all systems and facilities. The software also provides a selection of more than 50 different energy generation facilities, can create the proof of origin without complications, and generate important key performance indicators for the sustainability report at the push of a button (e.g. GRI reports).

Alongside energy suppliers and municipal utility companies, however, this can also benefit cities and local authorities: "The cooperation of authorities with municipal works departments on the issue of climate protection becomes much more efficient. The stake-holders, for example, have more valuable time for the implementation of measures against climate change," says Christoph Hartmann, CEO of ECOSPEED.