It is a common challenge faced by sustainability departments the world over. You want to get started on a green project, but how do you select the right technology and supplier from the myriad of clean tech firms currently offering green solutions?
Well, supermarket giant Tesco may have hit on a potential answer after last week inking a partnership with green software specialist iVeridis that promises to streamline the process of identifying and securing cutting-edge clean tech suppliers.
Under the terms of the deal, Tesco plans to use iVeridis’ Greensourcing Software Solution to help it identify innovative environmental technologies that can help the company meet its long-term goal of becoming “zero carbon” by 2050.
Speaking to BusinessGreen, iVeridis co-founder Stephen Mooney said the software provided an online “match-making” service that allows firms to input their exact clean technology requirements and then access details on suitable suppliers.
According to the company, the database currently boasts over 50,000 organisations ranging from small businesses to universities and established technology firms. It covers a wide range of clean technologies, including vehicles, components, renewable energy systems, energy efficient building solutions, green IT and energy services.
Mooney explained that the system works by allowing clients to input their requirements for a project, which are then initially matched with a group of potentially suitable suppliers. The prospective suppliers are then notified by the system and invited to submit further information designed to assess their suitability and allowing iVeridis to “funnel” down the number of companies it can then put in front of the client.
Mooney said the system had the potential to accelerate the rollout of clean technologies and make it easier for large blue-chip firms to pursue their environmental goals.
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