SAP’s sustainability savings slow down as company recovers from recession

SAP’s financial savings from its sustainability measures have fallen back to 2008 levels after an ‘exceptional’ performance in 2009.

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SAP’s financial savings from its sustainability measures have fallen back to 2008 levels after an ‘exceptional’ performance in 2009.

The enterprise resource planning (ERP) software vendor achieved savings of around €40 million in 2010, similar to the amount recorded in 2008, a fall of €50 million from the €90 million savings it reported for 2009.

“2009 was exceptional due to the economic slowdown,” a spokesperson for SAP said.

In addition, the company attributed a six percent increase in emissions (to 111 kilotonnes) in the first quarter of 2011 compared with the same period last year, to a five percent rise in the number of employees and increased air travel, signalling a return to recovery.

Despite the increase, according to SAP’s latest quarterly sustainability update, the company is on track to meet its year-end greenhouse gas emissions target of 465 kilotonnes, not including Sybase, which it acquired last May.

This is thanks to initiatives such as decreasing emissions from heating and other stationary combustion in its facilities by 24 percent during the first quarter.

The company said it is doing much better than expected in terms of sustainability, having already reduced its carbon footprint to 425 kilotonnes in 2009 (on a target of around 487 kilotonnes).

SAP’s annual emissions target is a five percent reduction from the target of the previous year, starting in 2007, with a view to reducing its total carbon emissions to the level of 2000 by the year 2020. Its target in 2007 was 540 kilotonnes.

“Our 2011 target is larger than our 2010 actual...essentially this means that we are much further ahead of where we thought we would be at this time. We also had an extraordinary greenhouse gasses reduction during the 2008/2009 downturn,” the company said.

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