To Hit CO2 Targets, SAP will focus on Employee Engagement
October 28, 2010 — SAP has released its preliminary and unaudited global CO2 emissions for the third quarter of 2010, which total 115,000 kilotons. While the number is on trend with first and second quarter numbers, the company will need to take focused action to avoid exceeding its target of 460 kilotons by year end.
The company's report shows that air travel continues to be their largest reduction opportunity, as it is the largest contributor to their overall footprint, with the impact of their corporate fleet not far behind.
SAP feels that the key to reducing their impact in both of these areas is employee engagement - encouraging employees to adjust their behavior by such actions as using telepresence instead of flying and using transit as opposed to company vehicles for intercity travel. To this end, they will be providing employees insight into their individual emission contributions via an internal dashboard for greater transparency and accountability.
"We recognize that driving a culture change around commitment to sustainability within an organization takes time and is only possible if you successfully engage your employee base." said Peter Graf, Chief Sustainability Officer, SAP. "We look to empower our employees by encouraging awareness, modeling behavior and providing tools for greater transparency."