Seren EcoCode software will cut costs for SMEs

Tuesday February 21st, 2012

A research project at Cardiff University has developed an innovative software tool to help small Welsh companies become leaner and cleaner by cutting costs and reducing carbon emissions.

The university’s Geoenvironmental Research Centre (GRC) is launching the free software thanks to research by its European-funded research project SEREN.

The Seren EcoCode software will help Welsh small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to cut costs and carbon emissions arising from their utilities use, transport operations and waste.

Data is entered through a user-friendly interface and enables the enterprise to easily track costs, both carbon produced and carbon saved, over a period of months and years. Seren EcoCode also prints and displays data which can then be used for presentations and dissemination of information.

Dr Aleksandra Koj, Senior Manager at the Seren project, said: “SMEs may not sufficiently track the costs associated with their utilities, such as water and electricity, let alone quantify their carbon footprint.”

The £8.3m SEREN project is backed with £4.6m from the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.

Deputy Minister for European Programmes Alun Davies said: “This investment has already assisted 7650 businesses and helped create over 2000 new enterprises in Wales and these benefits will increase as projects continue to succeed.”

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