- Material and energy balances
- Integrated Global Warming Potential data for emissions and upstream chains
- Product and Corporate Carbon Footprints according to GHG protocol, ISO TS 14067, PAS 2050 and ISO 14064
Good environmental management starts with a strong team
It's a demanding task for any business to successfully implement its sustainability goals. Meeting the complex requirements is an increasingly tough challenge, and demands the analysis of a growing number of data, figures, and facts. The good news: with specialized software you can save time, money, and your nerves.
Umberto helps you create
- a sustainable environmental management system
- transparency in complex production systems and global value-add chains
- a comprehensive understanding of the business' systems for all involved
Would you like to discuss how you, too, can improve your environmental management with Umberto?
Why an environmental management system is important for your business
Environmental management according to ISO 14001 includes efficient energy and resource use, reduction of waste, and targeted risk prevention. This means you can decrease both raw materials and environmental costs for your business.
Regulations for the new version of ISO 14001 go beyond quantifying the environmental impacts and environmental services of a given business. They now also require taking the entire life cycle of a product or service into account. Umberto can help you get a head start on this important issue.
Which software is the most suitable one for your environmental management system?
- Material and energy balances
- Integrated LCA databases (ecoinvent or GaBi databases)
- Life Cycle Assessment according to ISO 14040/ 14044
- Environmental Product Declarations according to ISO 14025
- Material and energy balances
- LCAs according to ISO 14040/ 14044 and EDPs according to ISO 14025
- Integrated cost accounting (LCA with costs!)
- Eco-efficiency analysis according to 14045
You can't manage what you can't measure.
Increase environmental performance by:
- Systematic decision-making: Umberto creates transparency for your environmental management system.
- Quantification: Umberto allows you to measure both ecological and economic sustainability, thus enabling you to quantify planned implementation outcomes and to increase marketing appeal.
- Creation of a continuous improvement process (CIP): Umberto will help you achieve improvement targets for your company's environmental performance and document your success for recertifications.
- Evaluation and prioritization: Umberto creates the data base needed for your decision-making and recognizes which measures will be the most successful for reaching your improvement targets.
Current topics in our blog KnowTheFlow
Take a look at our KnowTheFlow Blog. You'll find sharing of knowledge and experiences on current topics such as material and energy flow management, energy and material efficiency, Material Flow Cost Accounting (MFCA), Carbon Footprinting, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Life Cycle Costing (LCC). Get involved in the discussions on sustainability and productivity. We look forward to your comments and contributions.
Umberto for a flexible environmental management system
What is an environmental management system?
A lot of companies have already introduced an energy management system in order to increase the energy efficiency and use resources more carefully. This is already a good start; however a clear definition of environmental goals gets more important. Customers, government agencies, and the public all expect that companies are committed to the principles of sustainability. That is why companies with a certified environmental management system based on ISO standards have a distinct competitive advantage.
Environmental management systems consist of many different subsystems. Among them are pollution control and waste management (see also material flow cost analysis).While companies using an environmental management system based on ISO 14001 don't have to file a specific environmental statement form as is required for EMAS, they are still required to report their environmental performance. Starting in 2017, all businesses which are capital market-orientated (in the EU) with more than 500 employees or businesses of public interest will have to file a non-financial report on environmental matters (see Directive 2014/95/EU).
Structure of an environmental management system
A successful environmental management system involves planning,execution, control, and optimization. The Umberto software tool supports you in implementing each of these processes. The goal is to create system transparency for all the different internal and external stakeholders through visualizations that detail each phase of the environmental performance improvement process. Umberto can also help with the initial environmental audit of an operation. The first step is to check for all possible interfaces between a business and the environment. Understanding these crucial relationships becomes easy when using one of Umberto's software models. During the second step, these interfaces will be quantified. The issue of compliance is yet another requirement for an environmental management system. It focuses on compliance with government regulations, such as statutory thresholds for pollution. This also includes document control standards. Documentation of continuous improvement in a company's environmental performance is needed for EMAS environmental reports as well as other sustainability reports such as ones based on GRI standards. Both compliance and sustainability reporting are not part of the software package.
Our goal is to support businesses in reaching their environmental impact reduction targets and to help them develop environmentally friendly products from the start.
Our strength is to make environmental performance transparent and measurable.
Our core competency is to develop professional software for calculating environmental impacts over a product's entire life cycle.