Queensland Premier Anna Bligh opens SAP’s new environmentally sustainable office in Brisbane

Brisbane, AustraliaQueensland Premier, Anna Bligh, last night officially opened SAP Australia New Zealand’s (ANZ) new environmentally sustainable office in South Brisbane.

The new Brisbane office represents a continuation of SAP’s investment in Queensland, with Brisbane now becoming the regional SAP headquarters for Queensland, Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia, led by Tim Moylan, General Manager North Central West.

The new office is also the Asia Pacific headquarters for SAP Research, SAP’s global technology research unit. The Brisbane centre was the first in the Asia Pacific region, other locations include Sydney and Bangalore. Researchers focus on Business Process Management, new technologies for a web-based service economy, Web 2.0 applications, and software for end-user empowerment.

“This new building is an example – like the commitment of SAP – that truly make Queensland a key part of the engine room of the Australian economy and the logical location to position the roll-out of the National Broadband Network, said Queensland Premier Anna Bligh.

“This new facility will serve as the headquarters not only for SAP in Brisbane and the work of SAP Research, it will now also serve as the headquarters of SAP’s operations in Australia outside of NSW and Victoria.

“It consolidates what we already knew – that Queensland is taking a leading role in increasing Australia’s competitiveness, nationally and globally, through cutting-edge innovation.

“I also thank SAP as the local State Member of Parliament for their commitment to this great part of Brisbane and Queensland,” said the Member for South Brisbane.

“Our new office in South Brisbane reflects the strategic importance of the Queensland market to SAP in ANZ and indeed for SAP’s research organisation globally,” said Tim Ebbeck, President & CEO, SAP ANZ. “SAP globally has a strong stance on sustainability so we’re proud that the office represents the latest in sustainable building practices.

“At SAP we define sustainability as holistically managing social, environmental and economic risks and opportunities for profitability, reputation and compliance. This is why it was important that our new office promotes safety as well as the health, and well-being of our people. We’ve created a facility that positively impacts the planet through environmental improvements and benefits our customers, the community and other stakeholders,” said Ebbeck.

“The new space provides a modern, bright and sustainable workplace which encourages creativity, innovation and team interaction for SAP people, customers and partners. The new office is aligned with SAP’s corporate commitment to sustainable operations,” said Dr. Karsten Schulz, Vice President SAP Research.

The building has been accredited by the Green Building Council of Australia with a 5 Star Green Rating. The office itself is fitted with water efficient plumbing, energy efficient appliances, low energy light fittings with motion sensors and perimeter blinds to reduce heat loadings for the air conditioning.

The layout of the office has been designed to maximise natural light, which works with the efficient, vibrant and colourful office layout to encourage creativity and innovation. The timber veneer fitted out throughout the office is environmentally reconstructed timber from sustainable forests and component assembled furniture is used where possible, to reduce landfill through disassembly and reuse, which is compliant with IS0 14001. The rubber flooring is manufactured from shredded and compressed recycled car tyres.

The workstation manufacturer actively contributes to sustainable manufacturing procedures through waste reduction and disposal, component manufacture, powder coating steel rather than chroming and the use of recycled fabrics to construct the screens.