CleanMetrics releases software for business waste reduction

Kumar Venkat said CleanMetrics' new MetaFlowScope is based on years of work analyzing the life cycle of products and the waste and inefficiencies within business.

Kumar Venkat said CleanMetrics' new MetaFlowScope is based on years of work analyzing the life cycle of products and the waste and inefficiencies within business.

CleanMetrics Corp. announced Wednesday the release of a new business analysis software to help companies reduce their waste, improve their bottom line and curb their impact on the environment.

The Portland-based carbon footprint consulting and technology firm will sell access to MetaFlowScope, as the product is called, in two ways. Companies can contract with CleanMetrics for analysis and waste-reduction and improved efficiency recommendations for a starting price of $2,500. Companies that have the resources in house to use the software themselves can buy a subscription for $500 per month.

Kumar Venkat, president of CleanMetrics, said he expects to also offer a version of the software for academic use in the future.

The software produces an accounting of materials that's ending up in the waste stream, the economic and life-cycle analysis of the impact of that waste and a detailed breakdown of the cost savings and environmental impacts achievable by waste reduction.

"All of this is a unique concept," Venkat said. "We wanted to be able to kook at environmental impacts and economic impacts together."

Venkat estimates that as much as 7 percent of the United States' total greenhouse gas emissions are attributable to waste in the system, and that the impact of removing that waste could be as much as $400 billion.

CleanMetrics released a food impact calculator earlier this year and teamed with the Environmental Working Group this summer to release a detailed study on the impact of eating meat.


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