SAP - Green IT solutions for better business

Vipul Bhatti

Last updated 3/5/2009 8:28:45 AM

Global software provider SAP has laid-out its strategic vision on sustainability for its operations and customer solutions.

Recognising that companies are facing issues greater regulation; a challenging economic situation, increased consumer awareness to social and environmental issues which places significant risk on brands, market cap and share, SAP believes that sustainability is about increasing the profitability of business by holistically managing economic, social and environmental risks and opportunities.

Sap's first step has been to help its customers with their sustainability efforts by unveiling expanded solutions for environment, health and safety (EHS) management, which it has teamed-up with TechniData for.

The EHS application helps customers ensure that EHS requirements and corporate sustainability policies are met proactively and automatically across business operations. SAP management is open to work with non-SAP solutions yet is integrated into SAP Business Suite, a next-generation software suite that helps businesses optimize their performance and reduce IT cost, helping eliminate data inaccuracies and providing companies with the ability to manage business processes across multiple departments.

SAP is helping its customers practice "Green IT" by enabling them to reduce the energy footprint of SAP solutions in their data centres through consolidation, virtualisation and other landscape optimization services. 

The company is striving for significant reductions. After analyzing its global environmental footprint, SAP announced its commitment to a 51-percent reduction of its total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its year-2007 published baseline levels of 513,000t CO2 by year 2020 – returning SAP to its approximate year-2000 emissions level of 250,000t CO2. SAP initiated its first global GHG inventory in 2008 and will report performance and progress towards the target in its annual sustainability report.

Using its own software solutions to monitor and manage its sustainability targets, SAP will achieve this reduction through significant abatement across all scopes of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, the most widely used international carbon accounting tool. The target will apply not only to SAP's own direct emissions, but also to indirect emissions such as business travel, which was 42 percent of SAP's total footprint in 2007.

SAP will focus on abatement over offsets and will pioneer and use new technologies that accelerate the abatement of carbon. It therefore does not plan to offset direct emissions or emissions related to energy consumption.