Alcoa Receives Green Enterprise Award: ESS Celebrates

by francine Hardaway on September 22, 2008

While ESS, a company in which I’m a shareholder, is congratulating Alcoa for receiving Oracle’s Empower the Green Enterprise award during a ceremony today at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco. But I’m congratulating ESS.

Oracle Board Chairman Jeff Henley and CIO Mark Sunday presented the award to Alcoa, which was recognized for adopting green business practices – including effective use of advanced information technologies – in order to protect the environment, reduce costs and risks and enhance operational efficiency. Alcoa was one of 15 organizations selected to receive the award. The big news here for me is that Alcoa won the award because ESS made it possible, which is a big win for ESS–part of a week of big wins I can’t talk about yet.

Oracle chose Alcoa for the award based on its successful implementation of ESS enterprise software – installed on Oracle 10 – as its unified platform for EH&S sustainability management throughout the company’s global operations.

This is a case of technology making something possible (I refuse to use the over-used word “enabling”) that was not possible before in the enterprise: almost real-time tracking and reporting of Alcoa’s emissions so Alcoa can manage them.

The Oracle ESS combo lets Alcoa simplify ISO 14001 compliance so the company can continue to be certified;
improve its data analysis capabilities to improve decision making and reduce emissions; and analyze emissions data daily rather than annually.

Nice to see ESS CEO Robert Johnson get those wins!

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