Carbon calculator software tool wins IChemE prize

A carbon calculator software tool developed by chemical engineers at Manchester University has won the Outstanding Achievement in Chemical and Process Engineering prize at IChemE’s annual innovation and excellence awards.

Held at the Palace Hotel in Manchester, the ceremony saw Prof Adisa Azapagic from the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science be presented with the award for developing the free software tool — called CCaLC — which helps companies measure and improve their carbon footprint at minimum cost.

Azapagic said: ’Because it is free of charge and easy for non-experts to use, the tool enables companies to be self-reliant in the estimations of carbon footprints without the need to depend on consultants or release confidential data to a third party.’

Since its launch in August, CCaLC has been downloaded by almost 500 companies and organisations.

The awards were attended by 500 nominees and guests, and presented by television football pundits Ray Stubbs and Mark Lawrenson.