SAP cuts carbon emissions while increasing sales in 2010

Software giant is confident it will meet its long-term carbon reduction targets after cutting carbon emissions by 4% in 2010.

Online PR News – 02-February-2011 – – SAP AG's carbon emissions fell 4% in 2010, a year in which its business software sales grew 17%. The software giant produced 103 kilatons of carbon emissions during the fourth quarter, turning out to be its best quarter in SAP history due to a 35% increase in revenue.

SAP exceeded its 2010 carbon emissions goal and feels confident it will meet its long-term carbon reduction target of shrinking its carbon footprint to 2000 levels by 2020.

According to SAP Spokesman Evan Welsh, the drop in carbon emissions can be traced to four areas. First, carbon emissions associated with employee commuting dropped 10%.

Secondly, SAP began its carbon emissions reporting on a quarterly basis in 2010, which gives it the opportunity to evaluate performance mid-year and correct course if needed. During the third quarter, SAP realized it would have to significantly curtail business travel in the fourth quarter, a typically busy time period.

Also, SAP's efforts to buy more renewable energy at its worldwide operations contributed about 45 kilatons of carbon emissions reductions. Meanwhile, SAP continued with a range of energy efficiency projects around the world. The company also reduced its business travel, which it had identified as a necessary step to meeting its 2010 goal.

Additionally, business flights increased modestly in the fourth quarter, aided by 29 telepresence units around the world, with another 15 scheduled to be added in the first quarter of 2011. According to Evan Welsh, each telepresence unit pays for itself in a year, as they have in some cases halved some employees travel.