SAP Saves Millions By Becoming More Sustainable
WALLDORF, Germany - SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today released its quarterly sustainability update. The company shared that it has saved approximately EUR 170 million between 2008 and today as a result of focused sustainability initiatives. The report also details preliminary, unaudited greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the first quarter ending March 31, 2011, which totaled 111 kilotonnes (not including Sybase), an increase of six percent compared to the first quarter of 2010.
Over the past four years, the company has made significant strides to reduce emissions and in turn realized EUR 170 million in accumulated financial savings in comparison to a “business as usual” extrapolation. Leveraging its own software to measure, report and reduce its carbon footprint, SAP can attribute the emissions decrease and savings to a variety of focused efforts, including investments in energy and carbon efficiency projects, changes in employee behavior and the use of electricity from renewable sources.
The report also details that emissions for the first quarter of 2011 rose by six percent compared with the first quarter of 2010. This can be attributed to a five percent increase in the number of employees in combination with increased air travel activities. SAP also realized areas of improvement this quarter - for example, decreased emissions from heating and other stationary combustion in its facilities by 24 percent. Despite the six percent year-over-year quarterly increase, the company is still on track to meet its year-end emissions target of 465 kilotonnes (not including Sybase) - in line with its long-term strategy to reduce GHG emissions to 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.”
For more information, visit the Sustainability newsroom and for the complete quarterly update including emissions data, access the 2010 SAP Sustainability Report at www.sapsustainabilityreport.com. Follow SAP Twitter at @sustainableSAP and @sapnews.
As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device - SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable more than 170,000 customers (includes customers from the acquisition of Sybase) to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit www.sap.com.
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