Difficulties and pitfalls in collecting data for the glass sector Climate Change Levy Agreement led British Glass to develop an online solution to replace a largely manual system.Working with Leeds-based software developer NetConstruct, the result is a web-based tool, built specifically for data capture and reporting by CCA sector associations and their members.The system will be demonstrated by British Glass and NetConstruct at a seminar to be held at the British Glass headquarters in Sheffield on October 21.The event will be attended by delegates from Europe, as well as UK-based trade associations with an interest in the efficient and effective collation of data for Climate Change Agreements.
Gordon Watts, British Glass Climate Change Agreement Manager, said: "This new online system revolutionises how we collect and collate data for our Climate Change Agreement. It provides our members with huge benefits in terms of convenience and efficiency. It speeds up a time-consuming job and gives us the opportunity to convert data into information more effectively."
He added: "The system also makes it much easier to prepare data as required by DEFRA in critical reporting periods."
The new web-based system allows member companies to input their data via the website, with captured data more easily converted into sector level management information. Inbuilt tolerance and continuity checking provides real time validation of the data input by member companies, thus reducing the risk of human error.
Members of British Glass are among 6,000 UK companies that have entered into voluntary Climate Change Agreements with Government to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The agreements run for 10 years and contain company and glass sector level energy-efficiency targets. Success in meeting these targets will help the UK to meet its international obligations and is key to retaining an 80 per cent tax rebate on the Climate Change Levy, a tax on energy consumption to encourage energy efficiency.