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SAP - Sustainability Agreement with Ministry of Environment

Added on 22-03-2013




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Business challenge

SAP Italy has been concentrating its efforts and resources on sustainability for several years.
An internal employees community of engaged people was created aiming to operate in a more conscious way and help other do the same; this is possible by creating initiatives and projects targeting the common goal of reducing electricity and paper consumption in the offices as well as cut CO2 emissions and work with local institutions to have a positive impact on the local area.
On October 18th SAP signed a co-operation agreement on occasion of the 2nd SAP Sustainability Forum in order to promote environmental sustainability actions to reduce and neutralize the impact on the climate of companies in the Information Technology sector. According to this non binding protocol, SAP will reduce its CO2 impact and will commit to create a case study by helping an Italian client to reduce its impact on the environment thanks to SAP solutions.


The Ministry of the Environment partners with SAP to promote the testing and implementation of methodologies and experiences that can be reproduced in the sector. The signed protocol provides for designing a methodology to calculate the specific environmental impact – the carbon footprint – of the Information Technology sector, and for identifying cost-effective measures to reduce greenhouse gas emission. The agreement further provides for estimating the residual emissions and identifying possible actions for neutralization.
SAP also undertakes to collect the relevant data, in co-operation with its customer companies, to draft a case study showing how the implementation of its own solutions for sustainability is functional to the calculation and monitoring of CO2 emissions, and can thus support a strategy for reduction thereof.
SAP, in fact, enable companies to respect environment, thanks to its sustainability solutions for Energy and Resource Management (maximize the return on the energy investments by managing energy demand and peak loads and improving the procurement of cost-effective energy), Reporting and Analytics (track and communicate the sustainability performance ), Green IT (reduce energy consumption by replacing high-carbon products and activities with low-carbon alternatives, minimizing e-waste through strategic salvaging techniques).
Stakeholders involved: cross functional internal team (HR, Marketing, Communication, Sales, Facilities, IT) cooperate with external players such as Ministry of the Environment, Consultant Companies, Customers and Partners, Suppliers.


Challenges: coordinate the sign of the Agreement between SAP and the Minister of Environment.
Lesson learned: the importance of this voluntary commitment is conveyed by the valuable co-operation between the public and private sector to reduce the environmental impact, which will provide useful outcomes for the institutions, for companies, as well as for the community at large.

Challenges/Lessons learned:

Aware of the importance to reduce the environmental impact, SAP is the first Italian company in the IT sector which signed this agreement.
According the protocol, SAP will work with customers in order to prepare a case study to show how its sustainability solution can help to reduce carbon footprint.
The Agreement is, in fact, aimed at disseminating sustainable production and consumption models and at analyzing and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in two respects: on one hand in terms of direct impact on the climate of SAP’s own activities carried out in both its offices; on the other in terms of the indirect benefits generated by the implementation of SAP technological solutions for responsible business management at the premises of the customer companies.
The agreement is an important step for SAP, strengthening the progress towards operating in a sustainable manner and helping customers carry out their business respectfully of environmental issues. This achievement can stimulate other companies that, as well as SAP, invest significantly in view of more sustainable development.

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