On Our Way to Carbon Neutrality
Decreasing our environmental impact by reducing greenhouse gas emissions
Reducing net emissions despite catch-up effects
Even though our total number of employees (full-time equivalents) increased 4.2%, our net carbon emissions in 2022 dropped to 85 kilotons (kt), representing a year-over-year decrease of 22.7%. That remains 6% below the lower end of our carbon emissions target of 90 kt to 95 kt which was updated in October 2022 to reflect the catch-up effects in business travel after the COVID-19 pandemic began to subside (original target for 2022: 70 kt).
SAP's Gross Emissions Along the
Tackling climate change end-to-end
Moving beyond our own operations
We also measure the gross emissions along our value chain to be able to manage SAP's environmental footprint beyond own operations. This is a key step towards achieving net zero by 2030.
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Decreasing our environmental impact by reducing energy consumption
Catch-up effects drive increase
The increase in total energy consumption is a result of catch-up effects in business travel and a return to the offices. In addition, in 2022, we introduced two new KPIs: E-mobility and home office electricity to reflect SAP’s car fleet transformation and changed working habits.
Data Center Electricity: A vital part of SAP's energy consumption
We see a decrease attributable to a shift toward hyperscale services and the implemented energy efficiency measures now taking effect.
Handling water resources sustainably
Water usage increased as COVID-19 restrictions ease
In 2022, our global water usage increased due to the subsiding COVID-19 pandemic and a return to the offices. However, due to the introduced flexible working mode and our implemented water-reduction measures, the amount of water withdrawn remained at a lower level compared to the pre-pandemic situation
How we manage our discarded devices responsibly
90.5% of equipment already reused or recycled
In our Global Environmental Policy, we made the commitment to strive towards zero electronic waste in our own operations by diverting close to 100% of discarded SAP equipment within our own operations from incineration, landfill, and nature by 2030. By the end of 2022, we reused and recycled 90.5% of our equipment.