Background - 27 April, 2010

Summary 21/100

SAP slips on the current Leaderboard, taking a sixteen point dip from the last round of scoring. This can be attributed in significant part to the sunsetting of earlier advocacy efforts, leaving it with zero advocacy points in this round.

Speeches formerly counted on Version 3 of the Leaderboard were no longer applicable as they exceeded the twelve month period, and no additional occurences of political advocacy warranted recognition. SAP provides a excellent top level snapshot of the energy savings potential that can be enabled enabled by SAP services in its sustainability map, but the solutions case studies lack adequate detail to indicate the savings achieved in part or in whole from the examples provided by SAP.

Similarly, while SAP’s best performance was its comprehensive mitigation strategy, this could be improved with more clarity on the origins and quality of its renewable energy credits. Hopefully this is a temporary dip, as SAP appears to have otherwise put its sustainability services at the forefront of its offerings to clients, and we would thus expect its advocacy to return to a previous level, if not improve.


Climate Solutions


Current Savings Calculations


A myriad of SAP’s IT solutions can be found at the company’s sustainability report website. However, the case studies showcased here offer no pre- or post-intervention data, nor is there an explanation of ROI for companies using SAP’s solutions.

Public Metrics


Due to the lack of detail on SAP’s case studies, there are no explained metrics or assumptions about how SAP is calculating emissions savings.



SAP spent US $4 billion on acquisitions (Clear Standards, Sybase and TechniData) that offer solutions, and employ 500 people working on sustainability.

Future Savings Goal


no future savings goal for SAP’s IT solutions has been set.


Energy Impact


Reduction Target


SAP has set a goal to lower their total GHG emissions to the level of 2000 by the year 2020. This represents an overall reduction of 50% compared to a 2007 baseline.



SAP has set a fairly comprehensive mitigation plan, with a goal to grow from 33% renewable energy to 50% in 2010 for all offices and data centers. SAP’s plan also does not include carbon offsets.

Infrastructure Siting


Three of SAP’s top six data centers use renewable energy, either purchased through RECs or siting the data centers with green grid energy. SAP, like much of the industry, needs to codify a preference for green energy for its infrastructure.


Political Advocacy




No example of applicable political speech.

Political Policy


No example of applicable political advocacy.

Repetition Bonus


No repetition bonus.

Negative Lobby Penalty


No negative lobby scored.

SAP's scores to date

Leaderboard Score
Version 1 -
Version 2 -
Version 3 22
Version 4 21