Geoenvironmental Research Centre
Canolfan Ymchwil Ddaearamgylcheddol

The GRC launches new product: The GRC Seren EcoCode

2012–02–29

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As part of its cutting edge research project (Seren), the GRC is launching a free excel based software tool aimed at assisting Welsh small and medium enterprises to cut their costs and carbon emissions resulting from utilities, transport and waste.

SMEs may not sufficiently track the costs associated with their utilities, such as water and electricity, let alone quantify the carbon produced. Similarly business transport costs and waste produced may go unrecorded and unmanaged.

One way to keep track of these quantities is to adopt a formal environmental management system (EMS). Most formal EMSs however are very detailed and time consuming, requiring a large investment of person power and other resources by the enterprise. This is not always feasible, especially in smaller organisations.

The GRC Seren EcoCode has been developed specifically with smaller organisations in mind. Monitored inputs have been simplified to only include information readily available from sources such as utility bills, or data that can easily be monitored by the enterprise, such as the number of waste/recycling bags filled weekly.

Data is entered through a user friendly interface and the output enables the enterprise to easily track costs, carbon produced and carbon saved over the months and year. The GRC Seren EcoCode also has a reporting function that prints out information to Microsoft Word. This enables results to be visually displayed, a facility that can then readily be used for presentations and dissemination of information.

The GRC Seren EcoCode further assists enterprises by i) generating an action plan, prioritised according to the needs of the SME and ii) delivering a series of hints and tips to help reduce carbon output, and hence costs, in the identified areas.

By developing this easy to use tool, it is hoped that the GRC’s Seren project will be of direct benefit to Welsh SMEs striving to improve or adopt environmental management systems. Successful implementation of this product will, it is hoped, not only improve the environmental sustainability of the Welsh enterprises involved, but also help to save costs.

To request a copy of the GRC Seren EcoCode or to request further information, please contact the GRC by post (address available in the ‘Contact’ section of the site), telephone on +44 (0) 29 2087 0497 or by emailing Seren@Cardiff.ac.uk

Further details can be found in the Seren projects detailed pages (reached by clicking on the Seren logo on the left of each page).