Microsoft is offering Dynamics AX 2009 enterprise resource planning customers a free dashboard that captures data on energy consumption.
The Environmental Sustainability Dashboard can be configured to a firm's specific requirements.
Companies that are working to the voluntary Global Reporting Initiative will be able to track progress on core environmental performance indicators that are part of the standard.
These indicators include fuel consumption and the carbon footprint of their power usage.
The free dashboard, said Microsoft, means that firms that cannot afford consultants will be able to measure their environmental progress themselves.