Case Study Carbon Disclosure Project helps combat climate change using online questionnaire
Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)—which holds the world’s largest repository of greenhouse gas emission and energy use data—
Microsoft Services provided CDP with a tool that now allows it to configure questionnaires without any outside help and launch new climate-change services.
Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), which holds the world’s largest repository of greenhouse gas emission and energy use data, was launched in the United Kingdom in 2000. Its aim is to collect and distribute high-quality data that motivates investors, corporations, and governments to mitigate the dangers of climate change.
CDP needed an easy-to-use online reporting tool for customers to submit qualitative and quantitative data. It wanted to expand the range of its work by creating new questionnaires to cover, among other projects, water consumption by major corporations, their supply chains, including owners of supermarket businesses, and energy consumption by the world’s major cities. The organization’s previous process was time consuming and inefficient.
Rather than develop a set of software for each new questionnaire, CDP wanted a configuration environment that could be designed by experts and then modified and managed by its business program owners.
Microsoft Services designed the architecture for the solution using Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 lists to specify content and structure that in turn drove the rendering of the complex questionnaires.
The questionnaires integrate with the CDP customer relationship management (CRM) system running on Microsoft Dynamics CRM, ensuring that disclosure details reside in a single place to avoid duplicate entries. It gives companies making disclosures about their carbon footprint a view across a range of programs in which they’re participating.
Nine developers in three Microsoft Services locations—London, Reading, and India—used a suite of Microsoft technologies, including SharePoint Server 2007, Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server, the Microsoft .Net Framework 3.5 development system, Microsoft ASP.Net, and Windows Communication Foundation to deliver the solution within tight timelines.
CDP is currently deriving significant benefits from its engagement with Microsoft, including a shortening in development time, which has been reduced by up to three months without using hard code.
Microsoft and CDP have entered into a five-year commercial partnership, which means that the longer term development cost of the project can be met by providing value-added services to CDP customers, such as detailed reporting. Due to input from Microsoft Services, CDP can configure its own questionnaires and publish them quickly and cost efficiently.
The project has also enabled CDP to co-work with the Microsoft Partner Ecosystem and launch new climate-change services. Among these initiatives is a water disclosure questionnaire through which corporations can assess how well they’re performing in cutting their water consumption.