SAP saves millions through sustainability

Posted on 3 May 2011 by The Manufacturer

Enterprise planning software company SAP has announced savings of Eu170m between 2008 and today as a result of its sustainability measures.

The German company, which is the worldwide market leader in business intelligence and analytics by turnover with a 23 per cent market share, according to analysts Gartner, says the savings have been realised through investments in energy and carbon efficiency projects, changes in employee behaviour and the use of electricity from renewable sources.

However, the firm’s carbon emissions were six per cent higher in the first quarter of 2011, compared with the same period in 2010. SAP said this is because of a five per cent rise in employee numbers and increased air travel.

The company is on track to meet its emissions target of 465 kilotonnes this year which in turn puts it in good stead to meet its longer term target of year-2000 levels by 2020.

“SAP continues to deliver on the sustainability business case,” said Peter Graf, chief sustainability officer, SAP AG.
“On one side, our sustainability solutions help our customers run better and ourselves enter into new software markets. On the other side, our own operations run more cost efficiently while we are positively impacting employee motivation. I am proud that we are able to deliver quantifiable benefits to SAP and the environment – as demonstrated today.”

A detailed report on SAP’s sustainability measures and its environmental performance is available on its website.