SAP's customer base provides it incredibly broad reach into some of the worlds largest corporations, as it offers enterprise-scale platforms to deliver increasingly granular levels of information on the operational systems of medium- size to multi-national businesses. Given its reach and relationships with such a broad swath of corporations around the world, SAP is well positioned to help its clients manage their energy and carbon footprint at an enterprise-wide level, and to help unlock areas of significant reduction potential. While SAPs leadership has seemingly recognized both the environmental threat and the business opportunities at stake in the climate debate, the company needs to aggressively covert its corporate client base into new customers for its climate related enterprise management software and show case studies of how this helps major customers cut emissions.
SAP scores for an overview of its climate solutions on its websites and for case studies of actual implementation, but the company’s case studies are much less detailed than those provided by other companies.
SAP scores six points for progress on cutting its own emissions and having a 51 percent emissions reduction target from 2007 levels by 2020. SAP could improve its score by setting a strong 2012 reduction target. SAP has no public target for boosting additional renewable energy use.
SAP, like many IT companies, signed on to the Copenhagen Communique. Former SAP CEO Léo Apotheker made several speeches and interviews before and after Copenhagen, but SAP’s new corporate leadership needs to show stronger company-wide support for climate regulation.