Bringing sustainability to the daily business

About OEPI

The project “Solution and Services Engineering for Measuring, Monitoring, and Management of Organizations’ Environmental Performance Indicators” (OEPI) is an international research project supported by the European Commission. Nine partners with either industry or academic background from different countries and with varying competences are engaged in this project.

Vision of OEPI: Bringing Sustainability to the Daily Business

The vision of OEPI is that business users – across industries and supply chains – will be able to continuously reduce the environmental impact of their daily operations. To achieve this, they will have the visibility into the Environmental Performance Indicators (EPIs) of alternative decisions in corporate and supply chain operations.

Mission of OEPI

OEPI will work towards its stated vision by providing business users with an inter-organizational platform to provision and share environmental performance indicators across the supply chain in addition to consumption tools to leverage them in concrete business scenarios. The users will leverage these services to integrate EPIs into their daily business decisions, both in their enterprise and also across their supply chain.

Main Goals of OEPI

The main goal is the development of a set of standardized Environmental Performance Indicators (EPI) and a network solution for intra- and inter-organizational collection, management and reporting of EPIs. End users such as managers, project leaders and employees from the various functions of a company shall be able to use the platform for more environmental-friendly decision making and communication. They can access the platform through different consumption channels and the provided tools will allow for new ways of internal and external EPI management.

 

Motivation

Current Sustainability Actions

Companies are increasingly taking action to reduce their environmental impact. Prominent examples include emission reporting and reduction programs, product stewardship activities, and sustainable supply chain initiatives. However, most of the current actions to improve environmental sustainability are annual or one-off exercises that are separate from the daily business operations.

Daily Business Operations

Every day, business users perform actions that add to the company’s environmental footprint, e.g. material and energy procurement, product design, service outsourcing, traveling, etc. They execute these operations in the respective enterprise systems without seeing the resulting environmental considered at a later point as part of the overall product or company footprint.

The Business User

Business users always have to pick among alternatives, e.g. product designs, material sources, service providers, etc. Since they don’t see the environmental impact of these operations, they can’t benchmark and decide based on environmental criteria. This is an unused leverage: business users currently cannot reduce environmental impact on a daily basis.

 

A tale of two worlds

 

News

OEPI Webinar 06 June 2012, 14.57 Administrator OEPI News
OEPI Webinar
Date: 22.08.2012 - 15:00-16:30 CET Watch the recording of the Webinar Learn how the OEPI Project can change the sustainability of your business. What is the OEPI pro
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OEPI Partnership with PRé 08 February 2012, 12.17 Administrator OEPI News
OEPI Partnership with PRé
  OEPI is in a partnership with Pré Consultants, makers of Sima Pro, the leading LCA software tool. We are collaborating on a technical approach that uses our ontology to incorporate EPIs, calcualted within Sima Pr
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An OEPI 2012 Update Overview 16 January 2012, 14.38 Administrator OEPI News
An OEPI 2012 Update Overview
We have uploaded a nice overview over the OEPI project on the publications page. Make sure to have a look at it. (click here for more publications). Make sure to forward this presentation to your friends, shareholders and p
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Download the Project deliverables 21 September 2011, 16.30 Administrator OEPI News
Download the Project deliverables
We have provided the project deliverables on our website, free for you to download.
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Download the OEPI ontology 04 August 2011, 10.05 Administrator OEPI News
Download the OEPI ontology
Download our OEPI ontology we have created in order to make the development of OEPI easier. Tell us what you think about it.
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