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Environmental Performance

For over a decade now, climate action has been at the top of SAP’s corporate sustainability agenda. Below you find selected KPIs in more detail.

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
Value Chain

Tackling climate change end-to-end

Chart on SAP's gross carbon emissions along the value chain and distribution across scope 1 to 3
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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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Energy Consumption

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.

Water Management

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However, due to the introduced flexible working mode and our implemented water-reduction measures, the amount of water withdrawn remained at a lower level compared to the pre-pandemic situation

Waste Management

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.

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