SAP to use 100 per cent renewables in starting this year
German software giant SAP announced Tuesday that the company plans to power all of its global facilities and datacenters with 100 per cent renewable electricity starting this year. The company said it is trying to cut back its CO2 emissions, which have been on the rise since 2012.
SAP said that its overall energy efficiency remained steady while greenhouse gas emissions increased from 30.0 grams CO2 per euro of total revenue in 2012 to 32.4 grams CO2 per euro in 2013. And overall carbon emissions increased by 12 per cent.
“Committing to 100 per cent renewable electricity in our data centers and facilities is a natural consequence of our business model shift into the cloud,” said Peter Graf, chief sustainability officer of SAP.
“By delivering our industry-leading cloud solutions in an environmentally friendly fashion, we expand our competitiveness in the cloud software market while further enhancing our sustainability leadership. It’s a beautiful example of how SAP puts sustainability at the core of its value creation.”
The company added that it has invested in a flurry of other initiatives to help drop the company’s emissions output, including incentivising its employees to purchase electric vehicles with subsidies and on-premise car charging, and a carpooling programme.
SAP’s announcement arrives just weeks before Greenpeace is due to deliver an update on its Clean Cloud initiative. It is due to release a new version of its How Green Is Your Cloud report, which tracks how well leading cloud service providers are doing in terms of energy transparency, their use of renewables, and their emissions output.