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FM firms share data to drive sustainability

26 April 2013

Three FM firms have signed up with an open data reporting platform to improve sustainability in their respective supply chains.

ISS, Mitie and OCS will use Ecodesk to collect data from suppliers about energy efficiency and carbon emissions, and increase transparency in the supply chain.

Ecodesk said it was also in talks with four other major FM firms “primarily in office public sector services” about using the service.

Ecodesk measures and analyses business sustainability data in an open and free-to-access environment. It is designed to allow clients to share the information to better understand the environmental impact of their operations, as well as identify possible areas of improvement and cost savings in the supply chain.

ISS UK corporate responsibility director Steve Workman said the cost savings could be large.

“The long-term goal is to save energy, but this can only really be done by measuring and reporting data on an on-going basis, not just our data, but our supply chain’s data too,” he said.

“We are transparent in our reporting, publishing our live data to Ecodesk so anyone can see our progress. It is this level of openness, measuring and reporting that is key to tackling excessive energy use, where it can be identified, and we are encouraging our suppliers to do the same. The costs savings will be significant.”

Ecodesk chief executive Robert Clarke said that FM businesses were “innovating” in this area, as they had been quick to investigate the potential benefits associated with measuring and reporting supply chain emissions and energy use.

“As a result the FM industry is sending out extremely positive signals to other industries about the power of understanding sustainability data to affect both business ethics and the bottom line,” he said.