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SAP GHGs Up 22 Percent in Q1 2012 Compared to Q1 2011

Software company SAP emitted 145 kilotons of greenhouse gasses in Q1 2012, a 22 percent increase in GHGs this quarter compared with Q1 2011, according to the firm’s quarterly sustainability report.

The German corporation attributes this jump in emissions to a 45 percent increase in air travel, a 7 percent increase in company car emissions and a 7 percent increase in employees. Additionally, the number of company cars in the corporate fleet increased by four percent.

However, the emissions caused by facilities remained unchanged, even as the workforce grew, SAP reports. The company says it has put measures in place to improve its energy efficiency and carbon emissions after this quarter of increased emissions.

In the company’s 2011 annual report, released in March, SAP said is plans to reduce 2012 emissions by cutting back on business travel and looking into employee ride sharing.

The company intends to only emit 480 kilotons by the end of 2012, its chief sustainability officer Peter Graf says, and reduce emissions to year-2000 levels by 2020.

SAP’s sustainability initiatives helped it jump from No.94 to No.27 in the 2012 Global 100 Most Sustainable Companies, and it was also a winner in the US Environmental Protection Agency’s inaugural 2012 Climate Leadership Awards.

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