NEW YORK (

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Caterpillar

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,

Kraft Foods

( KFT),

Newmont Mining

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and

Dell

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are all changing the way they calculate, monitor, report and utilize environmentally sensitive data thanks to a new crop of software programs that focus on sustainability performance and management.

Paul Baier, vice president of sustainability consulting at Groom Energy and author of an annual report on enterprise carbon accounting said that since investors, customers and regulators are increasingly demanding accurate carbon emissions data and asking executives to make expensive decisions based on that data, companies are investing in ECA software to automate the environmental data process the same way they bought financial accounting software to track financial data.

"Organizations are beginning to track carbon emissions as rigorously as they track revenue and expenses," he said.

Companies populating the ECA solutions sector range from startups like

Hara

to stalwarts like

IBM

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and Baier releases a yearly list of ECA emerging leaders to help executives identify which products best suit their company's needs.

Here are some of his 2010 picks with examples of their environmental data management solutions and a list of the major companies that use them.

Enablon

Product: Enablon GHG-MS

Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Chicago, Enablon's solutions are used by more than 200,000 customers in 250 global companies including

Anglo American

(AAUKY)

,

Eaton

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,

McGraw-Hill

( MHP),

Office Depot

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and

Texas Instruments

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.

"Environmental management is becoming more and more a business issue and less a reputational or brand issue only," said Philippe Tesler, co-founder and CEO of Enablon North America. "We used to only talk to environmental managers of companies but now what we're seeing is more and more C-level executives becoming involved in these decisions because they have an impact on the viability and the overall business model of their companies."

Enviance

Product:

The Enviance System

Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif., the company said its system is accessed through the Internet from 49 countries and boasts 17,000 users. Customers include

ConocoPhillips

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,

DuPont

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,

Pfizer

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,

Sempra Energy

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and

Wal-Mart

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.

"Our customers don't buy any hardware or software, you dial into our system over the Internet and do all your reporting there. We save companies a tremendous amount of money and dramatically improve their compliance," said Enviance CEO Larry Goldenhersh. "That's one of the big differences between the old computing systems where you had to spend $10 million to $20 million on the system you had to buy to track everything. We shattered that model with cloud computing, which allows customers to buy only the computing data that they need."

Hara

Product:

Hara Environmental and Energy Management Solution

Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Redwood City, Calif., the company's EEM solution has been deployed across 90 countries and is used by Fortune 500 companies and government organizations. Key customers include

Akamai Technologies

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,

Coca-Cola

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,

Hasbro

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,

News Corp

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and

Safeway

(SWY)

.

"We've always taken a more holistic approach with our environmental management solutions," said Hara Chief Marketing Officer Chris Farinacci. "Other companies tend to focus on carbon accounting whereas we take a top-down look and focus on understanding how the data can be improved upon to optimize the business."

IHS

Product:

IHS Greenhouse Gas Suite, Essential Suite

Founded in 1959 and headquartered in Englewood, Colo., the company made six acquisitions in the sustainability management area in the last two years to cater to customers who identified sustainability compliance as one of the top five business concerns in the next five years.

IHS

(IHS)

sustainability management software takes customers all the way from greenhouse gas emission inventories to cap and trade management. Key customers include

ArcelorMittal

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,

BP

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Exelon

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,

Royal Dutch Shell

(RDS.A)

and

Waste Management

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.

"We're a big content provider," said Scott Lockhart, IHS vice president of environmental solutions. "We track global regulations so that if any changes are made, it automatically updates in the system, keeping customers up-to-date."

Johnson Controls

Product:

Energy & Emissions Management System

Founded in 1885 and headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisc.,

Johnson Controls

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is the largest energy service company in North America and its building efficiency division offers hardware, software and professional services for every area of facility, energy and carbon management, according to Paul Baier. Key customers include

Dell

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,

Lockheed Martin

(LMT) - Get Report

,

Wyeth

and

Xerox

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.

"Improving energy efficiency is the first and most important step toward achieving sustainability in buildings and organizations," according to the company's information on efficiency and sustainability solutions. "Energy efficiency helps control rising energy costs, reduces environmental footprints and increases the value and competitiveness of buildings."

ProcessMap

Product:

ProcessMap EH&S Information Management System

Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., ProcessMap provides integrated software-as-service platforms to customers in more than 80 countries. The company concentrates on three key areas: sustainability & carbon management; environment, health & safety; and enterprise compliance management. Key customers include

Allergan

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,

Bunge

(BG) - Get Report

,

John Deere

,

Ingersoll-Rand

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and

ITT

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.

"Customers are making sure they have the intelligence through the data to make smart cost management, environmental and smart operational decisions," said Dave Rath, CEO of ProcessMap. "Plus, because a lot of our companies are global, they are looking at carbon from a financial perspective: you either have an asset or a liability."

SAP

Product:

SAP Carbon Impact

SAP

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was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Walldorf, Germany. Sustainability solutions became core to the company's business in late 2008. Key customers include

Autodesk

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,

Casella Waste Systems

(CWST) - Get Report

and

SunPower

( SPWRA).

"Each company has to define sustainability and what it means for its enterprise," said Scott Bolick, SAP vice president of sustainability strategy. "People are beginning to realize how sustainability is becoming core to business. I think they're realizing that sustainability isn't at odds with business, but necessary for short- and long-term profitability."

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