Requirements

The Centre for Low Carbon Futures (CLCF) is a collaborative research centre that focuses on the evidence base and demonstration of low carbon innovations. Shaping Cloud were asked by the University of Sheffield (one of the founding partners of CLCF) to produce a web based application that would help businesses map out their existing supply chains.

The tool would then run an analysis of their chain and present them with a carbon 'heat-map' showing them where the most carbon is being used. They would then be given recommendations for reducing their carbon footprint based upon their own research initiatives and real world case studies.

Solution

The solution provided by Shaping Cloud was the Supply Chain Environmental Analysis Tool (SCEnAT). A ground breaking cloud based platform that has been used by the likes of Rolls Royce, Tata Steel, Unilever, Skanska and Sheffield Forgemaster. It has been nominated for several prestigious awards and has been the subject of a Microsoft Case Study into it's innovative use of the Azure platform.

Technology Stack

Building on top of the Microsoft Windows Azure platform, Shaping Cloud developed two systems using ASP.Net MVC, JavaScript (jQuery and Backbone) and HTML5:

1. System Knowledgebase

System Knowledgebase is a database designed to collate and store information which can later be used for research. The CMS allows researchers the ability to update data, upload findings and case studies and most importantly to share their research.

2. Carbon Calculator

The calculator was developed to enable businesses to locate their 'carbon hotspots' by mapping out and visuallising their existing supply chains, using an intuitive web-based user interface.

The system takes the input data and links the information to a similar supply chains which have already had carbon reductions, allowing a business to follow these guidelines to enable them to reduce their own carbon emissions.

Adolf Acquaye, The University of Sheffield

"It was a privilege to work with a company which places client needs first and technological innovation at the core of its business. They helped deliver an inter-disciplinary research project across the three universities into SCEnAT in a very creative and innovative way"

"We are pleased to confirm partnership with Shaping Cloud on another new research project."

Driving the transition towards a low carbon economy in the UK

Emission reduction target of 34% by 2020, increasing to 80% by 2050

650

Tonnes of CO2

That's the emission reduction achieved by Muntons, the leading UK malt producer, who restructured their supply chain based on the findings of SCEnAT

2.4 million

Road kilometres saved

By Northern Foods PLC through implementing a Virtual Meeting Policy as recommended during their profiling within the system

£300,000

Saved in energy costs

For Stainless steel producer Outokumpu installing of variable speed drives on extraction fans. A comparative saving of 15%.