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Our Environmental View

In 2015, we made significant progress toward our goals for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, taking advantage of the digitalization and green technology trends that are driving transformational changes across the global economy.

Environmental Performance Highlights

We monitor and report a number of environmental KPIs against ambitious targets. We aim to continue to use 100% renewable electricity to power our data centers and facilities. We aim to reduce our CO2 output to 2000 levels by 2020. You can view our financial, social, and environmental performance in interactive charts and customized results to your interests.


455 k tons

Greenhouse Gas Footprint

Despite integrating new acquisitions in 2015, our total net emissions decreased to 455 kilotons CO(2014: 500 kilotons). This decrease stems primarily from a reduction of business flights and compensation with carbon emission offsets.

12,500 kWh per employee

Energy Consumption

As our business grows, we have maintained the efficiency gains we have made over the past several years. Our total energy consumption decreased to 12,500 kilowatt hours per employee in 2015.


Renewable Electricity

Our commitment to 100% renewable electricity in all of our internal and external data centers and facilities is one of the most significant steps toward making our operations more sustainable.

965 GWh

Total Energy Consumed

Our total energy consumption increased to 965 gigawatt hours (GWh) in 2015, compared to 920 GWh in 2014.This increase is due to growth in our workforce and business.


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Environmental Performance Details


Energy and Emissions

Since the beginning of 2008, our focus on carbon emissions has generated a cumulative cost avoidance of €346 million, compared to a business-as-usual scenario.

Waste and Water

Taking steps to recycle our waste and save water contributes to both our environmental and business performance, as we keep waste out of landfills, reduce our operational costs, and engage our employees in our efforts.

Notes to Environmental Performance Reporting

You can download the complete Notes to Environmental Performance Reporting as a PDF file.


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Sustainability Management and Policies

Management Approach

Over the past several years, we have been committed to moving from having a sustainability strategy at SAP to creating a corporate strategy that is sustainable.

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Business Conduct

We act to ensure that we live up to high ethical standards throughout SAP. Our policies govern the conduct of our management, employees, suppliers and partners, as well as critical areas of our business such as sales, vendor selection, and payroll.

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Human Rights

As a signatory of the UN Global Compact since 2000, we believe that business has a responsibility to respect human rights throughout all business operations.

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Sustainable Procurement

SAP not only promotes sustainability within the company, but also goes further to work with suppliers in procuring the most sustainable products possible.

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Public Policy

SAP has developed trustful relationships with governments worldwide by exploring the potential for information and communications technology to spur economic growth, create jobs, and address societal challenges.

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