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SAP makes progress in achieving sustainability targets

Enterprise software maker SAP has reduced its carbon emissions by 6% in the second quarter of the year compared with the previous quarter.

That is despite increased internal travel in recent months during the re-organisation of SAP's management structure, said Peter Graf, chief sustainability officer at SAP.

The software maker has set a target of cutting its 2007 carbon emissions by 49% to take them back down to the levels of the year 2000 by 2020.

The company reduced its overall carbon footprint by 15% in 2009, well ahead of the target of 5%, generating savings of about €90m (£75m), according to the SAP sustainability report.

Graf, who is leading the initiative, expects carbon emission reductions to accelerate through the remainder of 2010.

SAP is on target to achieve its aim of capping carbon emissions at 460,000 tons for the year, he said.

The company plans to add to the 15 existing telepresence systems in the next 12 to 18 months to enable better internal communication and collaboration.

"We will also grow the company's 400 video systems to expand our virtual meeting capabilities to keep travel to an absolute minimum," said Graf.

SAP has set a target of obtaining 50% of its power needs from renewable sources, up from 33% in 2009.

Interest in sustainability is increasing, said Graf, as evidenced by a 30% increase in the number of visitors to SAP's 2010 sustainability report compared with 2009.

"We have added Twitter and Facebook functionality to the site to encourage and facilitate discussion around the topic," he said.

The report, which details the progress of SAP's sustainability efforts, also shows how analytics software can help companies achieve similar goals, said Graf.

Watch a video demonstration of SAP's carbon impact application on an Apple iPad

Listen to a podcast discussion of the business benefits of sustainabilty and UK business


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