SAP releases environmental compliance solution in Australia-New Zealand

SAP Environmental Compliance enables the management of green house gas emissions at process, plant and corporate levels.

Sydney, AustraliaSAP today announced the Australian launch of SAP Environmental Compliance (EC), an enterprise wide software platform which enables companies to monitor and manage their green house gas emissions to ensure they comply with national and worldwide environmental laws and policies. SAP EC sits within SAP’s Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) business unit and is platform-neutral – it can be implemented within SAP and non-SAP environments.

The launch coincides with the Australian Federal Government’s introduction of the new National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007, which establishes a national framework for Australian corporations to report on greenhouse gas emissions, reductions, removals and offsets, energy consumption and production. The act comes into effect on July 1, 2008. It will apply to 700 medium and large companies, of which around 300 will be expected to register and report for the first time in the 2008 financial year.

The new SAP EC solution provides SAP and non-SAP customers with a consistent, auditable and transparent picture of its business processes, while also allowing corporations to define regulatory scenarios with key performance indicators. The CO2-status of the company can then be confidently and continuously analysed, with compliance reports created at the touch of a button.

“As the governance around carbon emissions escalates, companies will need a solution that sits within their existing software infrastructure and enables proactive management of emissions,” said Stefan Goehring, Office of CFO Solutions, SAP ANZ.

“Carbon will introduce a whole new cost equation, one that companies must optimally manage to ensure the right resource allocation and productive output. This can’t be done with spreadsheet tools sitting outside the core business platform.”

“By providing businesses with a single, stand alone platform which allows access to critical emissions data and information, we are reducing the workload and operational costs associated with the new Federal legislation and enabling appropriate cost allocation.”

“We are enhancing their ability to comply with the new Australian CO2 emission reporting requirements. The new EC Solution is just a small part of SAP’s larger commitment to helping organisations adopt sustainable business practices through innovative technologies and business processes.”

SAP is committed to helping organisations adopt sustainable business practices. The EC solution has already been successfully implemented in businesses overseas by global leaders in the mining, manufacturing and energy sectors. 17 of the 30 sustainability leaders as defined by Business Week in January 2007 utilise SAP software.

SAP provides a range of Green IT software solutions including SAP Recycling Administration (REA), which supports compliance with the Waste on Electronics and Electronic Equipment directive (WEEE), and SAP Smart Meters, which collect and analyse data for energy usage profiling in real time. The company has also launched an internal campaign, sGreen, with the goal of launching an environmental policy that defines global roles and responsibilities.

SAP is a member of the Carbon Disclosure Project, a voluntary public disclosure of known carbon footprint, and the Combat Climate Change (3C) initiative. SAP has also signed the UN Global Compact Statement “Caring for Climate”. These initiatives pledge corporate action to reduce environmental impact and the development of effective public policy, innovation and market-based incentives.