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Planet Made of Plastic

Energy and Water Use Monitoring for Sustainability Certification

Global cosmetics company

Project objectives

Recent global events have increased the pressure on companies to measure and disclose their performance across a wide range of financial and environmental impact measures. Manual, error-prone data collection methods are no longer suitable, and businesses are now looking for technological solutions to meet their data and reporting needs. However, understanding the capability of IoT devices available and how to integrate them with existing organisational systems is a new challenge facing many in this space.


Indicium was approached by a leading global cosmetics company to help them implement a system of energy and water monitoring across their Australian and New Zealand stores. The client is well-known for having a commitment to social and environmental sustainability and was seeking to develop a monitoring and reporting system that would provide insights to help understand their resource use in order to facilitate more efficient consumption. This information would also be integral to illustrating accountability against environmental standards involved in B Corp certification.

Sustainability reporting

Data needs

INDICIUM Databus dashboard

In order to be able to satisfy reporting requirements for sustainability standards, our client required the installation of devices that would collect unstructured data relating to the company's water and energy for all 130 stores across Australia and New Zealand.

The solution needed to provide:


  • Real-time information about the rates of energy and water use by 130 stores across Australia and New Zealand

  • High-resolution data allowing for analysis of shop usage trends, in order to identify:

    1. potential inefficiencies in the ways stores consume energy and water, and

    2. compromised infrastructure leading to water leaks.

  • Automatic integration of data with specific Economic and Social Governance (ESG) Reporting systems (e.g. B Corp systems)

Solution design

After auditing each store to determine current power and water configurations, Indicium delivered a detailed plan of technology required for each store. This plan outline if there were existing smart meters that could be reused, existing internet-based data available from retailers, or whether single or three-phase retrofit meters would be required and how they would need to be installed.

Indicium installed meters or integrated existing data feeds into the INDICIUM Stack, providing a centralised system capable of analysis, reporting, and downstream integration into their B Corp management systems.

Solution architecture ESG reporting

Solution benefits

Indicium Dynamics Sustainabilty Certification Use Case

Real-time data is stored to provide historical insights, allowing the client to identify trends and inconsistencies in resource use

Energy and water use can be monitored against the baseline to highlight abnormal patterns, identifying the need for equipment repair prior to incurring large bills

Data can be analysed to determine trends in resource use, providing insight into ways that usage patterns can be adapted in order to maximise efficiencies

Data can be filtered according to store, providing a means for comparison across different site

Data integration with external B Corp software occurs seamlessly, avoiding the need for manual input

INDICIUM Dashboards are built to allow for self-service analytics, allowing users easy access to the data, without the need for coding or IT experience

The solution has been developed to easily scale for implementation across the client's stores globally

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