Why a Global Carbon Hackathon?

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Our carbon data has come a long way, from a collection of colorful spreadsheets back in 2008, to a scaleable carbon accounting system used in 28 countries run by one global team.

At Capgemini, we hold an impressive set of data on our carbon emissions. Every time our people travel for business, we track the carbon emissions of that journey. We know how much energy we are consuming in each of our 450 offices and data centers across the world, as well as how much waste we generate and how it is disposed of.

This huge data set helps us to do several things. At its most basic level, it helps us meet legal requirements, like those from Grenelle II in France or the Carbon Reduction Commitment in the UK. We also provide it to interested investors, who want to understand the carbon exposure of their investment portfolio, or to analysts who view responding to climate change as a key measure of good corporate governance.


Our carbon data has come a long way, from a collection of colorful spreadsheets back in 2008, to a scaleable carbon accounting system used in 28 countries run by one global team. The data is now essential to helping us meeting our sustainability commitments. In particular, it will help us track and drive progress against our ambitious global target to cut our carbon footprint per employee by 20% by 2020 and by 30% by 2030.

On Tuesday September 19th, we will be launching our first ever global Carbon Hackathon. The hackathon comes in part from a belief that there is more we can do to use our data to inform, engage and inspire change. Harnessing the wealth of expertise across Capgemini in data analytics and data visualization could be the key to bringing our data to life.

The hackathon will bring together teams of creative thinkers, coders and data enthusiasts for a two week competitive challenge. Leveraging the capabilities of Capgemini Enterprise iPaaS, our new integration platform-as-a-service, the teams will be given full access our carbon data and support and mentoring from our sustainability experts. We will be encouraging teams to put forward creative ideas and concepts that will:

  • Help us understand and visualize our carbon impact
  • Provide insights to drive business change
  • Develop tools and applications to make this change stick.

The teams have an opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of senior judges, with the best solutions to be taken forward for further development and prizes for the winning team.

With 46 teams across 10 countries already signed up for the challenge, this looks to be a truly collaborative global event. You can follow the teams’ progress on social media at #carbonhack.

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