The race to build carbon calculators

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With Carbon Caps on the horizon in North America, new and established companies are scrambling to build carbon calculators. Over 50 have started up in the US this past year, and we will likely see more.

From the goliath at SAP to start-ups like ourselves, carbon calculators may become standard issue in companies trying to cut their footprint. The question remains, how the various software companies will integrate with a legal system that is likely to vary between jurisdiction and industry? From personal experience, calculating, certifying, and auditing carbon calculations is a nightmare and I am very unsure how software will solve the issue.

The governments who plan to regulate carbon emissions should put out calculation frameworks that allow for software developers to build on. If each company builds their own calculations, auditing and comparison between carbon emitters will be a nightmare.