Milestones in Our Energy Management & Sustainability History
As an energy management, sustainability, and supply chain solutions provider, FirstCarbon Solutions' (FCS') heritage is unique in that we started out in the boardroom helping companies like yours uncover opportunities to improve business processes and operational efficiencies, optimize resource use, and increase profits.
Take a quick look at our company's history.
Start of the journey1998
ADEC Solutions (now ADEC Group) is founded
ADEC Group specializes in Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), managing back-office processes for Fortune 500 companies. It is now a global enterprise with over 5,000 employees and operations in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
Growing environmental needs2007
ADEC Solutions begins managing environmental data
Overwhelmed by the sheer manpower required to track carbon emissions and other environmental data, our clients ask us to manage it for them.
FCS is established as a stand-alone energy and sustainability management firm
As environmental sustainability gain more attention and importance from businesses worldwide, ADEC Group establishes FCS to help companies, governments, institutions and non-profit organizations monitor and manage greenhouse gas emissions. Over time, FCS has expanded its solutions and services beyond carbon management to now include energy and supply chain solutions, among others.
The first of many achievements2009
ADEC Solutions achieves ISO 14001:2004 Certification
ADEC Solutions, FCS' sister company, receives ISO 14001:2004 certification for environmental management system (EMS). This acknowledges ADEC Group’s commitment and adherence to recognized best practices for effective environmental management assuring our stakeholders that environmental impacts are being measured and improved. This enables FCS to develop and implement policies and objectives in compliance with the physical and legal requirements asked by regulating bodies and governments.
FCS expands its team of environmental experts team
FCS rounds out our team with seasoned environmental consultants whose additional expertise in project managing multiple programs enables us to increase bottom line value for our clients like leveraging years of experience to provide fiduciary oversight as well as management accountability.
Expansions and extensions2010
FCS acquires Enverity Corporation and its ghgTrackSoftware
With this acquisition of a leading environmental software firm, FCS is able to provide its clients with more comprehensive software solutions to better meet the broad spectrum of their needs.
FCS expands operations in China
The company offers the Mandarin version of FirstCarbon® Solutions ghgTrack™ software. The company also opens offices in Hong Kong and Beijing.
FCS receives Accreditation as GHG Verification Body from California Air Resources Board
California Air Resources Board accredits FCS as a greenhouse gas verification body for California Global Warming Solutions Act Regulatory Program (AB 32). Under Executive Order H-10-196, FCS is certified to verify greenhouse gas inventories for approximately 700 facilities that are required to report.
Awards and acknowledgments2011
FCS Forms Strategic Partnership with CSR Asia
FCS joins CSR Asia Strategic Partners Programme. CSR Asia is a leading provider of information, training, research, and advisory services on sustainable business practices in Asia.
FCS is awarded GSA IT Schedule 70 Contract
U.S. General Services (GSA) Information Technology (IT) Schedule 70 for Term Software Licenses and Software Maintenance is awarded to FCS. This establishes documentation for FCS as a Federal Supply Schedule Contractor.
FCS is selected by CDP as Supply Chain Scoring Partner.
FCS announces a partnership with CDP. FCS scores 1,300 company submissions to CDP Supply Chain, a program which works with global corporations to understand the impacts of climate change across the supply chain.
Acquisitions and partnerships2012
FCS acquires Michael Brandman Associates
FCS combines its extensive sustainability reporting as well as data and software expertise with Michael Brandman Associates’ comprehensive environmental consulting solutions to provide fully integrated, expanded services to the global market in general and to clients in particular.
FCS teams up with Mahindra Satyam
Mahindra Satyam offers FCS' sustainability and environmental consulting solutions and software services within the United Kingdom. The web-based data management platform of FCS provides Mahindra Satyam’s clients with the ability to access secure energy, sustainability, and supply chain data from any location.
FCS expands CDP Scoring Partner relationship
FCS is once again named the official scoring partner of CDP. For the second year, this expanded partnership proves that FCS is able to deliver vital data to organizations working with CDP to benchmark carbon emissions and enforce supply chain emissions management towards the goal of preventing dangerous climate change and protecting our planet’s natural resources.
FCS awarded GSA Contract for Energy Consulting Services
FCS now has two US General Services Administration (GSA) contracts. The most recent of which is the Schedule 03FAC Contract for “Energy Consulting Services” under Special Identification Number (SIN) 872 211. GSA Schedules allow for fast and effective means to make FCS' consulting services available to government clients.
FCS expands into Malaysia with partner, Blue Snow
After finding a company that has the same passion and levels of expertise in energy management and green solutions, it is an easy choice for FCS to select Blue Snow Consulting and Engineering (Blue Snow) as its partner in Malaysia. BlueSnow offers LEED certification, construction of green buildings, Commercial and Industrial Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning design, steam plant and biogas/biomass services, and green data center engineering.
FCS prepares Hollywood Central Park EIR
FCS combines its extensive knowledge of the Hollywood community with its excellent consultation, software and data management capabilities, in preparing the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the long-aspired Hollywood Central Park project. The comprehensive technical analyses that FCS provides will ensure that the project pushes through while bearing complete CEQA-compliant documents.
FCS enters its third year as a CDP partner
FCS’ partnership with CDP is both extended and expanded in its third year. FCS extends its scoring services to companies from the Nordic and Benelux regions in Northern Europe, Australia, New Zealand and India. As CDP again selects FCS as an exclusive scoring partner, FCS is named a CDP Response Check Partner, in addition to being a Gold Consultancy Partner and a Silver Software Partner.
FCS launches Carbon FOODPrint
FCS teams up with food service giant Compass Group in releasing Carbon FOODPrint — a web-based software specially designed to monitor and analyze the environmental footprint of food service operations. Carbon FOODPrint is used in over 9,000 Compass Group restaurants and cafes across the United States.
FCS expands regulatory compliance services
With a goal of helping public and private organizations manage the constantly-growing array of environmental laws and regulations, FCS expands its regulatory compliance services to include: comprehensive natural community assessments, wetland delineation and mitigation, water quality assessment and testing, vegetation mapping/identification/restoration, wildlife surveys, cultural resources assessments, and construction.