“ERA experts incorporate the annual changes to environmental and regulatory reports, so the clients don’t have to.”
Organizations often utilize a siloed approach to record-keeping and find keeping their records up to date a challenging process. ERA provides industries with a centralized system that features organized data collection into one true dataset, reducing effort and increasing accuracy when reporting.
They also experience challenges with data silos due to using separate spreadsheets to collect chemical and emissions data for different industrial processes. ERA’s client database houses all the clients’ data within one centralized system, which allows them to use it across various environmental reports.
The Founders of ERA have put an immense effort into building a robust platform to help companies with their Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Reporting. ERA has addressed the challenge of keeping up with ever-changing regulations and reporting requirements with their integrated Master Chemical & Regulatory List, where chemical regulations are constantly updated. ERA experts incorporate the annual changes to environmental and regulatory reports, so the clients don’t have to.
ERA has been developing EHS compliance software for over 26 years and prides itself on being one of the only “end to end” Environmental Compliance Solutions available. Years of research and working closely with clients has led to a fully functional, off-the-shelf yet client-configurable Environmental Compliance application.
One key differentiator is that ERA’s software is a multitenant system built across various industry sectors by 1000s of facilities and tens of thousands
of users. “This ensures that when we update our software, every user, in any vertical, benefits from those improvements. On our end, it means we avoid reconstructing the software code individually for each company environment,” says Gary Vegh, co-founder, and CEO, ERA. This approach also helps ERA stay agile and cost-effective for software maintenance, which ultimately improves the software’s performance and end-user experience. This method is especially beneficial for regulatory updates, such as changes to chemical thresholds for environmental reports.
ERA’s platform centralizes the client’s data for both environmental compliance and sustainability purposes. Their emissions information is collected according to site-specific requirements, from equipment modeling to facility processes and thresholds, and stored in one place. Thanks to the platform’s calculation and reporting tools, the client gathers the data once and seamlessly submits it to the respective regulatory body in the required report format. Additionally, the software allows for repurposing the data to meet the demands of a handful of Environmental and Sustainability reports.
“Our distinctive delivery technique is known as “Rapid Roll Out Tandem Implementation.” ERA works with its clients to implement the software collaboratively—in tandem—using actual company data to train the client on software and User Interface (UI) functionalities,” explains Sarah Sajedi, Chief Technology Officer and Co-CEO, ERA. “In doing so, the client is in the driver’s seat and is empowered to understand more of the system’s features and make future modifications.”
ERA has helped many clients successfully implement the ERA System. One notable example is Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK), the largest automotive manufacturing site in North America. Initially, the site had separate tracking systems for waste, TRI, Tier II, and other compliance forms, making their data siloed. By implementing ERA’s solution, the data is now under a single auditable database, eliminating redundant data collection. This led to a more precise tracking of their chemical throughput and emissions and freed up some of their staff’s time.
The organization can also take advantage of ERA’s Master Chemical List, updated continuously by ERA’s chemical and regulatory team. This means that Toyota does not need to monitor & load new chemicals or regulations.
ERA is using its 26-year Air, Water, and Waste compliance solution to expand into corporate sustainability. As global automotive companies seek to achieve their sustainability goals, ERA has built a comprehensive Sustainability module to help them reduce their carbon footprint. Said module sets easy-to-understand Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in their dashboard and provides the necessary metrics for their sustainability reports. As global automotive companies are achieving their sustainability goals, ERA has built a comprehensive sustainability module that brings together other parameters to provide crucial metrics. With the electrification of the automotive sector, ERA is exploring ways to manage battery production and end of life, and concerning “big data,” ERA is working on bringing in an AI component to data acquisition and analysis.