SAP’s worldwide CO2 emissions totaled 115 kilotonnes in the third quarter of 2010, which is on par with second quarter figures of 115 kilotonnes and below first quarter figures of 120 kilotonnes, according to the company’s third quarter sustainability report, ending September 30, 2010.
SAP says it will need to take focused measures across the organization to achieve its year-end target of 460 kilotonnes CO2. “Currently we are at risk for achieving our year-end limit of 460 kilotonnes of emissions. As such, we will help our employees make smarter decisions that contribute to sustainability on a personal and company level,” said Peter Graf, chief sustainability officer, SAP, in a statement.
The company’s biggest opportunity for emissions reduction is air travel. SAP reports that air travel figures continue to be higher than last year, due to economic recovery and renewed business demand.
SAP also reports increased fuel use in its corporate car fleet in Europe due to the summer holiday season. The company continues to encourage use of alternative and mass transportation and carpool programs for commuter travel.
For greater accountability in the future, SAP now provides its employees with insight into their individual emission contributions, including air travel and fleet, via an internal dashboard.
SAP has decreased its energy use in buildings and lowered district heating quarter over quarter in 2010. It also continues to see a quarterly drop in the use of paper for packaging use and expects significant improvement over 2009.
In 2009, SAP announced a commitment to reduce its total carbon emissions to the year-2000 emissions level of approximately 275 kilotonnes by the year 2020. This represents an overall reduction of about half compared to the company’s year-2007 peak levels of 540 kilotonnes.
To help reach this goal and reduce its energy consumption, SAP is using the SAP Carbon Impact OnDemand solution to access and analyze consumption data across its entire operations and evaluate its carbon footprint reduction. The company identified several key areas for implementing more energy-efficient operations, including travel, data centers and buildings, in addition to a commitment to renewable energy as reported in its second quarter sustianability report.