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SAP releases sustainability report

Company has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 6% on 2010

SAP has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 6% in 2010, according to its new sustainability report.
SAP has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 6% in 2010, according to its new sustainability report.

SAP AG recently released its fourth annual sustainability report which reveals that SAP has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 6% in 2010.

The report showcases SAP's belief that IT can help companies operate profitably and sustainably.

In the sustainability report, SAP reveals that it has reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2010 despite strong revenue growth and has cut greenhouse gases by 25% in three years. SAP hopes to reduce emissions to 2000 levels by 2020.

Primary contributors to the GHG savings in 2010 were energy-efficiency projects, changes in employee commuting behaviour and the continued purchase of renewable energy, which now accounts for 48% of all electricity used by SAP.

The 2010 sustainability report aims to encourage dialogue between stakeholders via social media platforms.

"Recognising the connection among challenges in today's world, the role of IT and the importance of innovation to drive progress, sustainability is at the heart of our business," said Peter Graf, chief sustainability officer and executive vice president of Sustainability Solutions, SAP. "From our innovation road map to our focus on leadership and people development, it is shaping our business at every level. Our report offers a view into how we are not simply embracing a sustainability strategy, but rather making our corporate strategy sustainable."

The report shows SAP's progress in driving the adoption of innovative customer solutions that can help to convert sustainability into a business opportunity, leverage innovation to improve SAP's own sustainable operations, and pursue social innovation to help meet people's basic needs and create sustainable growth and economic opportunity.

SAP also reveals in the report that it hopes to positively impact one million lives; initiatives to that end in 2010 included the first global SAP Month of Service, the contribution of over 59,000 volunteer hours and the donation of technology solutions to 715 non-profit organisations.