GreenCert, the software being built by IBM in partnership with Enterprise Information Management, Inc. (EIM) and Evergreen Energy Inc, will run on IBM's Websphere portal software technology and provide enterprises information on their estimated greenhouse emission figures.
"The whole point of the application's output is to give you a high-quality offset that is transparent and reproducible," said Tim Kounadis, director of worldwide channel marketing for the company.
Not having an audit trail is a "big inhibitor" to participating in carbon markets where polluters buy and sell offsets, he said.
A few days ago, I wrote a post questioning whether open-source software was greener than Windows. Taking into consideration the fact that it is the application's requirements that determines the software and hardware choices an enterprise makes, the new software will surely be a start to accurate carbon footprint measurements.
IBM Working On Greenhouse Gas Meter (DailyTech)