EHS Software Benchmark: Environment & Sustainability

Published 15 December 2017 by David Metcalfe &

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Executive Summary

This report contains an extract of the Verdantix Green Quadrant 2017 analysis of the environmental and sustainability functionality of twenty EHS software applications. The majority of EHS decision-makers prefer the idea of purchasing a single, integrated application to cover all EHS workflows. But factors such as industry-specific requirements, limited usage scenarios for software or constrained budgets may push them to make purchase decisions based primarily on specific ‘must have’ functional requirements. Based on 17 assessment criteria, the Verdantix benchmark of air emissions, GHG emissions, water and waste water emissions and sustainability functionality finds that Enablon stands out in the market with a score of 78% of the maximum potential score. Sphera and Enviance also score above 70% for environment and sustainability functionality whilst Intelex, Dakota Software, UL EHS Sustainability and ERA Environmental all achieve scores above 66%. With ten vendors scoring above 50%, customers have a wide range of solid options to choose from.   

Table of contents

EHS Software Benchmark: Environment & Sustainability
Four Factors Persuade Buyers To Focus Vendor Selection On Specific Functionality
Assessment Criteria For Environment & Sustainability Software
Solid Functionality For Environmental Management Is Widely Available
Buyers Should Test Air Calculation Engines And Probe For Applicability Intelligence

Table of figures

Figure 1. Environment And Sustainability Functionality Scores
Figure 2. Environment And Sustainability Software Percentage Of Potential 

About the author

David Metcalfe


David is the CEO of Verdantix and co-founded the firm in 2008. Based on his 20 years of experience in technology strategy and research roles he provides guidance on digital strategies to C-level executives at technology providers, partners at private equity firms and function heads at large corporations. His current focus is on helping clients understand their market opportunity tied to ESG investment trends and their impact on corporate sustainability strategies. During his 12 years running Verdantix – including 4 leading the New York office – he has helped dozens of clients grow their businesses through fund raising, acquisitions and international growth. David was previously SVP Research at Forrester and Head of Analysis & Forecasting at BT. He holds a PhD from Cambridge University and also worked as a Research Associate at the Harvard Business School.

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