Software for a Breath of Fresh Air

Feature Article | September 22, 2010 by Christiane Stagge

SAP Carbon Impact 5.0 displays emissions, energy consumption, and costs

SAP Carbon Impact 5.0 displays emissions, energy consumption, and costs

Browser-based software solutions are currently experiencing great popularity, but SAP Business ByDesign is just one example. Now SAP Carbon Impact is also available on-demand in its new 5.0 version. What’s special about it is that it runs on the new “River” platform. River is the code name for SAP’s hot-off-the-shelf cloud platform, which helps developers build applications faster. SAP Carbon Impact currently runs on Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). More clouds are slated to be connected with the platform in the future.

With the new version, SAP pledges improved data quality and shorter reporting cycles. And what’s more, the software supports up to 50 languages, so it really can be used across the entire globe.

Almost all the companies on the planet now seem to label themselves as “green IT,” “eco-friendly,” or “sustainable,” but the topic of sustainability is about more than catchy slogans or marketing buzzwords. In fact, organizations can make tremendous savings by taking a sustainable approach to doing business – from selecting company cars with low fuel consumption through installing energy-saving air conditioning and streamlining their logistics processes. Furthermore, legal regulations mean that companies are required to comply with environmental protection standards.

Next page: How the software works

At a glance: What parts of the production chain generate the most carbon dioxide? (screenshot: SAP AG)

At a glance: What parts of the production chain generate the most carbon dioxide? (screenshot: SAP AG)

Carbon impact: running status reports and making forecasts (screenshot: SAP AG)

Carbon impact: running status reports and making forecasts (screenshot: SAP AG)

For all ERP systems

SAP Carbon Impact helps organizations to analyze and control their carbon emissions and energy consumption. To do this, the on-demand solution connects with the SAP ERP application. However, it also supports enterprise resource planning systems from other providers. The software automatically gathers data from various sources, including metering systems, and then analyzes it. In such a way, the program can, for example, determine the efficiency of logistics processes and evaluate electricity and water consumption. If a company is planning to build new offices, SAP Carbon Impact can calculate the building’s energy balance.

When the program starts, the dashboard displays news about planned environmental regulations, current status reports, objectives, or the development of carbon emissions compared with previous years. With the click of a mouse, you can display all the processes within the production chain that generate the most carbon dioxide. On the greenhouse gas dashboard, you can view the carbon dioxide emissions of an entire business unit – from buildings through employees. A finance dashboard tells you about the resulting costs. Furthermore, forecasts can be made about the extent to which emission levels would drop if certain measures were introduced and how much money could potentially be saved.

The solution is already being used by provider of design and engineering software tools Autodesk, global biocides company Arch Chemicals, and hybrid electric vehicle manufacturer Fisker Automotive. And SAP itself also deploys SAP Carbon Impact. For example, if employees are sent on a business trip, the solution suggests the most eco-friendly form of transport. In addition, SAP Carbon Impact calculates the energy consumption in the data centers and company offices. Every quarter, SAP issues a sustainability update to complement the company’s annual sustainability report.

As well as SAP Carbon Impact, SAP has a portfolio of other sustainability solutions:

The software hooks up with any enterprise resource planning system (screenshot: SAP AG)

The software hooks up with any enterprise resource planning system (screenshot: SAP AG)

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