SAP Boosts Sustainability With Renewable Energy

(3BL Media/Just Means) - Software company SAP has announced it will power all of its data centers and facilities across the world with 100 percent renewable energy as of 2014. To do so, the company with move to a cloud business model, eliminating emissions caused by customers’ systems by moving them into a green cloud.

The announcement was included in the company’s recently released 2013 SAP Integrated Report, which noted that the company’s overall energy efficiency remained steady while greenhouse gas emissions increased from 30.0 grams CO2 per euro of total revenue in 2012 to 32.4 grams CO2 per euro in 2013. At the same time, absolute carbon emissions increased by 12 percent.

As customers increasingly leverage SAP software in the cloud, systems that previously ran at customers’ sites are increasingly running in SAP data centers and have become part of SAP’s total emissions.

SAP said it is committed to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from operations to levels of the year 2000 by 2020. Among its sustainability actions are subsidies to encourage electric vehicle adoption for German employees, LEED-certification building in all of Brazil, TwoGo, a mobile app that encourages car pooling with public and private organizations and the Livelihoods Fund, which plants trees and conducts clean energy projects in underserved rural areas to both restore their ecosystems and offset carbon emissions globally. With support from SAP and others, the Livelihood Fund has planted more than 100 million trees in Latin America, Asia and Africa.

“Committing to 100 percent renewable electricity in our data centers and facilities is a natural consequence of our business model shift into the cloud,” said Peter Graf, chief sustainability officer at SAP. “By delivering our industry-leading cloud solutions in an environmentally friendly fashion, we expand our competitiveness in the cloud software market while further enhancing our sustainability leadership. It’s a beautiful example of how SAP puts sustainability at the core of its value creation.”

The report also found that 89 percent of employees agree with the statement that SAP needs to pursue sustainability as a strategic priority. Besides, female staff has increased from 30 to 31 percent between 2012 and 2013 while the percentage of women in management increased to 21.2 percent in 2013 from 20.8 percent in 2012. Despite a slight dip in employee engagement scores, SAP’s score is industry-leading at 77 percent in 2013 compared to 79 percent in 2012.

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