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The EHS and Sustainability Software Market Grows Up

Market Growth

The environment, health, and safety (EHS) and sustainability software market is maturing as it reaches the 30-year mark. The industry began with a few small software applications used by a handful of EHS professionals—with little or no data sharing. Today, it is a multi-billion-dollar market with thousands of applications ranging from point solutions to enterprise-capable, Web-based solutions–and plenty of applications in between.

I have observed increased spending on EHS and
sustainability software over the last few years…

Even with consolidation, prospective buyers have a choice of many solutions aimed at different industry sectors, some capable of supporting a global, enterprise-wide deployments and others designed to address a specific issue, such as greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting. As a result, savvy buyers seek professional guidance when selecting and implementing an EHS and Sustainability solution; their solution may include more than one software application to meet current needs while allowing for future growth.

Click here to read about transformation over the years, market needs and vendor offerings, market consolidation and market growth.

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Green Quadrant® Environmental Management Software names market leaders

Verdantix  named IHS, Enablon and SAP as the leaders in the enterprise environmental management software market in its report, Green Quadrant® Environmental Management Software (Global) 2012. Enviance, Locus Technologies and BSI group are in the second tier.

Verdantix defines environmental management software as

enterprise-scale software that enables firms to capture, analyse and report data, and manage performance across their assets on environmental indicators such as air, green house gases, water, waste and toxic chemicals.

The U.K.-based research firm used their proprietary methodology to evaluate the capabilities of 12 firms in 19 areas. Other findings of note:

  • Overall spending on environmental management software will increase over the next three years in 60% of companies with revenues of $1 billion or more.
  • Spending on sustainability will increase in 2012 vs. 2012 in nearly 60% of companies surveyed.
  • Greenhouse gas, hazardous waste and water top the list of customer’s monitoring requirements.
  • Automated task management, notifications and workflows are important.
  • Customers want to integrate/interface other data sources with their environmental management system.
  • Customers prefer to buy from large environmental/sustainability software firms.
  • Two-thirds prefer that the software firm or an engineering/sustainability consultant implement the software.

For more information, see the full report.