A digital publication specialising in sustainability invited us to contribute an article. It was an incentive to write down what we are looking for with GreeMko. We are convinced that technology applied to the environmental area is the key to sustainable growth. How to put technology at the service of the environment? Specifically, what does a company achieve when it automatically calculates its environmental footprint? Mar Robles sums it up in five goals.
Reduce costs. Why not invest resources in improving environmental performance, rather than spending them on calculating it? When data is extracted automatically, costs are reduced and time is saved throughout the process – from capture and consolidation to reporting and audits. If the environment department digitises, it has time to analyse the results, exploit them and obtain relevant information.
Ensure traceability and reliability of information. To measure the environmental impact of an activity, company or project, we need rigorous and comprehensive coding. Law 11/2018 on non-financial reporting and diversity states that company directors are the ones who sign the reports and are responsible for their veracity.
Scaling up environmental management. Often, the effort devoted to the environment does not yield significant results for the company. The solution? A flexible technology, allowing an increasing flow of data, without losing quality or usability.
Establish internal and external comparisons with benchmarks. Companies invest a lot of effort in measuring, but standards are far from homogenised, as recent studies have pointed out. Technology is the best ally when it comes to using clear, fair and useful standards, endorsed by the international community.
Generate all kinds of reports in just one click. Once the environmental management has been automated, all kinds of reports can be obtained: by periods or by work centres; comparing with previous years; relating the data to the company’s activity…
The full article can be read in Diario Responsable.