In June, Hara Software announced two manufacturing wins for Hara Environmental and Energy Management (EEM) - Diebold and Hasbro. Earlier in May, Hara announced its Spring 2010 Release including enhancements to its functionality in forecasting and modeling, simplified reporting for Carbon Disclosure Project, EPA Climate Leaders and other programs and protocols, and automated integration to utility systems. Other manufacturing customers of Hara's include Apple (a relatively new addition) and
Diebold: Expanding Progress in Sustainability
Diebold formalized its sustainability program in 2009 and expects to use Hara to continue its progress in minimizing its environmental impact and reducing natural resource consumption. To date, Diebold has instituted several energy-saving projects, which reduced consumption at its U.S.-based manufacturing and headquarters facilities by more than 7 percent, also lowering energy consumption costs at the same time. With more than 16,000 employees in almost 90 countries, the company manufactures, sells, and services self-service systems such as ATMs, electronic voting machines, and other security systems. We expect Diebold to use Hara to extend that success to many more of its facilities. Diebold also pointed to the Hara deployment to support its global reporting needs.
Hasbro: Creating an Environmental System of Record
Toy manufacturer Hasbro is also implementing Hara, in order to establish an environmental system of record and monitor, manage, and optimize its natural resource and energy usage and environmental impact across its global operations. Hasbro's purchase of Hara's EEM is an interesting one, considering the fact that Hasbro has been working on sustainability initiatives for some time. Some highlights of those programs and results include:
- Membership in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Climate Leaders and U.S. EPA WasteWise programs
- Implementation of an ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS);
- Reductions to its U.S. operations' greenhouse gas emissions by 43.4%. over the last seven years
- Recycling worldwide of 88% of currently generated waste over the same time period
- Formal recognition in 2008 of Hasbro’s East Longmeadow facility by Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships for its energy efficiency and conservation measures for a "demonstrated 15.4 percent reduction in energy use”
By all accounts, Hasbro is already making good progress on reducing its environmental footprint before its investment in Hara. What's the turning point that prompted the investment? We believe Hasbro and other manufacturers are reaching the point where they invest in carbon accounting or environmental management software because of what we'd summarize as:
Simplifying the process of tracking environmental performance and making sustainability improvements on an ongoing basis, or in other words, institutionalizing sustainability across a global company with the ability to measure, monitor and manage.
Increasing investment in Environmental Management Technology Ahead
We can see a good starting point for Hasbro in its organization with Hasbro's EHS Committee, which has operated within Hasbro for many years, includes senior Hasbro officials as active participants, and is designed specifically to address issues of sustainability. But with Hara, Hasbro gives the committee a means of moving the company's progress forward starting with an up to date snapshot of its environmental state - with an environmental system of record to satisfy an increasing number (and frequency) of internal and external reporting obligations. From there, the committee members can ensure the company is engaging all of the relevant stakeholders and making the right decisions and taking advantage of pockets of best practices.
As manufacturers increasingly recognize the pace of sustainability needs to be maintained or even increased, we expect to see more investments in carbon and environmental management applications to reduce the complexity underneath sustainability.
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