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SAP Signs Up Dow Corning, Reports GHG Rise

Dow Corning will use SAP’s new EHS Regulatory Documentation OnDemand service to provide 100,000 safety data sheets for its 14,000 products.

The chemical manufacturer will use the service along with its existing installation of the on-premise SAP Environment, Health and Safety Management application. The OnDemand product will allow Dow Corning to produce data sheets in over 30 languages, for products on sale in more than 100 countries, SAP said.

Dow Corning has been managing product compliance with SAP EHS Management since 1999. The new service will help it monitor rapidly changing product safety regulations in emerging countries, and apply the relevant changes to product compliance documents. EHS Regulatory Documentation will also help Dow comply with the growing complexity of new regulations, including the Global Harmonized Standard and REACH, SAP said.

“Based on our experience with SAP and its customers, after this roll-out, Dow Corning should be well positioned to continue to improve compliance data collection from disparate sources, increase employee safety, reduce the cost of compliance, ensure product compliance and minimize supply chain disruptions due to potential non-compliance events,” said Matthew Littlefield, senior research analyst from the Aberdeen Group.

“This additional step will enable us to focus our resources on other regulatory issues while SAP EHS Regulatory Documentation OnDemand helps us to standardize the safety data sheet generation processes globally,” Dow Corning’s vice president of EHS, Peter Cartwright, said.

In related news, SAP said that its greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) rose by six percent to 111 kilotons in the quarter ending March 31, compared to the first quarter of 2010.

The company attributes the higher GHGs to a five percent rise in staffing levels, as well as increased air travel. Improvements this quarter include a 24 percent cut in emissions from heating and other stationary combustion in SAP’s facilities.

The company says it is still on track to meet its year-end emissions target of 465 kilotons, in line with a long-term strategy to reduce GHG emissions to year-2000 levels by 2020.

SAP said it has made significant strides in reducing emissions over the last few years, with its sustainability initiatives saving about EUR 170 million since 2008. These efforts have included using its own software to measure, report and reduce its carbon footprint.

SAP said investments in energy and carbon efficiency projects, changes in employee behavior and the use of renewable power helped to reduce its emissions.

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