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SAP reports sustainability improvements

Company saves $262.5m as a result of sustainability initiatives

SAP hasachieved a cost avoidance of $262.5 million between 2008 and 2011 as a result of focused sustainability initiatives.
SAP hasachieved a cost avoidance of $262.5 million between 2008 and 2011 as a result of focused sustainability initiatives.

SAP has achieved a cost avoidance of $262.5 million between 2008 and 2011 as a result of focused sustainability initiatives, according to the company's quarterly sustainability update.

SAP's greenhouse gas emissions for the quarter ending 30th June 2011 totalled 115 kilotonnes, not including Sybase, which is a year-over-year increase of 8% compared to the second quarter of 2010.

Emissions per employee, in full-time equivalents, increased by 3% due to an overall 5% increase in SAP's employee base.

According to SAP, it remains on target to meet the year-end emissions objective of 460 kilotons, which is in line with the long-term target to reduce GHG emissions to year-2000 levels by 2020.

The harnessing of emissions and cost avoidance was achieved through investments in energy and carbon efficiency projects, changes in employee behavior and the use of electricity from renewable sources.

SAP is also increasing the number of women in management positions, and for the first time, SAP is reporting against its goal of attaining 25% women in management by 2017.

For the second quarter of 2011, the company employed 18.2% women in management, up from 17.8% at the end of 2010.