22 Carbon Management Software Firms You Should Know About

powerplantgenericYep, there are actually 22 firms selling software to help companies and governments manage their carbon footprints. And most of them are older, established companies (here’s our previous list of 10 Carbon Management Startups). Research firm Verdantix put together an extensive list of 22 carbon management software companies and ranked them in categories according to customer wins and features. Verdantix predicts that by 2011, the carbon management software industry will start to boom, rising from $120 million that year to $250 million in 2012, as companies realize that Microsoft Excel and utility bills — the most common way to calculate carbon footprints right now — are ineffective and difficult to use.

By that time, I’d predict that the carbon management market will start to consolidate and some very clear leaders will move far ahead, and others will get bought up or will go under. Already, one company in Verdantix’s “Leaders” category bought up another one. And it will only take a few really big customer wins — city, state or even parts of the federal government or Fortune 500 companies — to push some of these software makers way ahead of others.

Here’s Verdantix’s 22 carbon software management companies, ranked by “Leaders,” “Challengers” to those leaders, “Specialists,” and “Entrepreneurs.”


Enablon: The French company counts customers like Air France KLM Group, Dell, Del Monte, L’Oréal, McGraw Hill, Symantec, Texas Instruments, The Timberland Company, and Total.

Enviance: Customers include large power and oil companies like CH2MHill, Chevron, Georgia Power, Southern Company, AEP, DuPont, Valero Refining. Founded in 1999, the company is based in Carlsbad, Calif.

ESS: The nearly two decade-old ESS, which has a history of making crisis management software, was recently bought by competitor IHS (see below). ESS says over half of the Fortune 500 and 75 percent of the Fortune 100 have purchased its software.

Hara: The newest and only startup company in the leaders section, Hara, has signed on customers like Coca-Cola, the city of Palo Alto, Calif., and has raised $20 million from venture capitalists including Kleiner Perkins. The company is based in Redwood City, Calif.

IHS (s IHS): Founded in 1959, publicly-traded IHS provides software for asset management for companies. The company is based in Englewood, Colorado.

ProcessMAP: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida-based ProcessMap sells software for environmental, health and safety compliance with customers spanning across industries.

Challengers (of the leaders):

CA: Founded in the mid-’70s, CA recently scored UK retailer Tesco as a customer for its ecoSoftware. The company is based in Islandia, New York.

Carbonetworks: Founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco, Calif., Carbonetworks raised a $5 million Series A round from NGEN Partners.

Greenstone Carbon Management: Greenstone is a specialist carbon management firm and works with customers like Fujitsu, Ocado, SAB Miller, Virgin Group, ZBD, and

SAP: Massive software company SAP bought up 2-year-old startup Clear Standards, which sold software to manage carbon emissions, energy consumption, and water use.

SAS: Another huge software company based in Cary, North Carolina, SAS sells a variety of software including “sustainability management.”

Specialist solutions:

Camco: A two-decade old company, U.K.-based Camco has taken a lead in developing sustainable projects across indutries.

CarbonView: Online market research firm CarbonView offers supply chain expertise, the company was founded by the MVL Group, which is owned by Allied Capital Corporation.

PE International: Founded in 1989, German PE International has customers like Allianz, Bayer, Daimler, Siemens, Toyota, ThyssenKrupp and Volkswagen.

Entrepreneurs (which Verdantix says need to invest in product development):

Carbon Hub: Based in England, the startup says it strictly follows the accounting tool the GHG Protocol.

Cintellate: Founded in 1994, the company makes environment, health and safety software for the building and construction, manufacturing, oil and gas, and power industries.

Foresite Systems: Twelve year old, San Jose, Calif.-based Foresite sells a Global Environmental Management System for companies to manage their environmental footprint.

Green Oak Solutions: Founded in 2004, the Scottish company sells software for companies to deal with waste management and recycling.

Intelex Technologies: Founded in 1992, Intelex sells software for environmental, health, and safety and includes customers like Virgin Atlantic, Volvo, AEP, Heinz, Sara Lee, and Wyeth.

Perillon: Littleton, Massachusetts-based Perillon sells software for audits and inspections including air quality compliance, water and waste, energy tracking, as well as greenhouse gas accounting.

Tradeslot: The only Australian company on the list, Tradeslot offers carbon software to get companies ready for Australia’s unique carbon environment.

Verteego: Founded in January of 2008, Paris-based Verteego says it works with over 300 companies and government organizations.


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