Autodesk, Arch Chemicals and Fisker Automotive to Use SaaS Offering from SAP to Profitably Reduce Their Energy and Carbon Footprint Worldwide;
Software Accelerates Credible Reporting in a Multi-Lingual, Global Economy With Enhanced Data Integration Across the Enterprise and Product Supply Chains
WALLDORF, Germany — SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) introduced an enhanced version of the SAP® Carbon Impact OnDemand solution to help companies profitably reduce their energy and carbon footprint across their entire operations and product supply chains worldwide. Designed for the global economy, companies can rely on SAP Carbon Impact OnDemand 5.0 to help credibly report, analyze and reduce their worldwide energy and greenhouse gas emissions in the most cost-effective way. The software enables companies to adapt their carbon reduction strategy to the swiftly changing global market environments, characterized by volatile energy prices and tightening regulations, such as the introduction of the U.S. EPA Mandatory Reporting Rule.
SAP Carbon Impact OnDemand helps alleviate the rising global pressure on companies to address the costs of energy and carbon by offering the following benefits without any software installation requirements:
- Establish a credible inventory and benchmark of a company’s global environmental performance across all facilities with the option to obtain language support for more than 50 countries—among the broadest multi-language support in the industry
- Significantly help reduce reporting costs, improve data accuracy and shorten reporting cycles by automating data collection from multiple sources and systems, including metering systems, utilities, third-party applications and the on-premise enterprise resource planning (ERP) application SAP® ERP
- Support in achieving consistent cost savings by developing the optimal strategy for energy and emissions reduction for both the entire company and global product supply chains based on financial and operational parameters
- Accelerate achievement of internal sustainability goals by engaging the global workforce to drive change toward a more sustainable enterprise with collaboration and rewards programs
SAP Carbon Impact OnDemand is the first SAP solution developed to run natively in the cloud, delivering on the traditional benefits of on-demand software—such as getting users up and running instantly and delivering measurable cost advantages—while extending these benefits even further. SAP is able to provide the seamless integration to existing SAP on-premise software investments, as well as to help ensure consistency in: governance and solution lifecycle management; master and meta data management; process integrity; security; application extensibility; and usability. With SAP on-demand technologies, every aspect of the application, such as user interface and data model, is extensible both at the design time and run time; these extensions are promptly visible in the application. SAP fully leverages the public cloud and therefore the cost of scaling the infrastructure as the business grows is truly flexible.
“Due to the uncertainty and volatility in energy prices, as well as the growing concerns of consumers, NGOs and governments about organizations’ energy and carbon costs, companies face a tremendous challenge,” said Peter Graf, chief sustainability officer and executive vice president of Sustainability Solutions, SAP AG. “They need to reliably report and profitably reduce their carbon footprints in their home markets and on a global scale. First, it requires harvesting accurate carbon data from back-end systems and a myriad of sources at all facilities. Second, companies need to analyze and benchmark their performance against peers and develop optimal reduction strategies based on best industry practices. Third, a successful global carbon reduction strategy needs high supplier and employee engagement to drive change. Designed to meet the energy and carbon management needs in today’s global economy, SAP Carbon Impact OnDemand 5.0 is a reliable, user-friendly solution that helps organizations execute against energy and carbon reduction goals by expanding the reach from a local level to the global enterprise.”
A growing number of industry leaders are using SAP Carbon Impact OnDemand to manage fundamental market transformations driven by both carbon emissions and energy. One of them is the global biocides company Arch Chemicals. Together with its subsidiaries, the company has approximately 3,000 employees at manufacturing and customer-support facilities in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australiaand Africa.
“SAP Carbon Impact OnDemand will enable us to comprehensively manage our total environmental impact at all locations worldwide, including energy efficiency,” says Doug Udall, director of Sustainability, Arch Chemicals . “Its on-demand functionality will help us track our carbon footprint and navigate the complex requirements for voluntary and mandatory reporting, including CDP reporting.”
Autodesk, a leading provider of design and engineering software tools to more than ten million architects, designers and engineers around the world, is using SAP Carbon Impact OnDemand to meet its overall sustainability goals.
“We are using SAP Carbon Impact OnDemand to track and reduce our environmental impact,” said Ben Thompson, Sustainable Business project manager, Autodesk. “T he solution helps us with our energy and emissions reduction planning. We also rely on SAP Carbon Impact OnDemand to meet our voluntary reporting requirements.”
Credible Reporting as Basis for Successful Global Energy and Carbon Footprint Reduction
Supporting the multifaceted environment in which global companies operate, SAP Carbon Impact OnDemand 5.0 helps businesses provide an auditable calculation of their global energy and carbon inventories. They can confidently report to carbon registries and regulatory authorities worldwide, such as the Carbon Disclosure Project and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Additionally, the new version of SAP Carbon Impact OnDemand helps companies establish a systematic approach to reducing their global energy and carbon footprint—with a clear focus on cost reduction. The solution offers benchmarking capabilities, analytical tools and best-practices content. For example, by using the solution’s new facilities energy management capability, companies can establish a credible inventory and benchmark energy data across all global facilities. In addition, product lifecycle analysis capabilities help companies obtain an enriched product footprint assessment to identify immediate areas of improvement for their carbon reduction strategy.
Marti Eulberg, vice president, Global Sales and Marketing at Fisker Automotive, an American premium plug-in hybrid electric vehicle manufacturer, stated: “At Fisker Automotive we have an unwavering dedication to sustainability—it is part of our core values.We have an unwavering commitment to purity when sourcing suppliers and materials. We chose SAP Carbon Impact OnDemand to hold ourselves and our suppliers accountable in our initiatives to reduce our overall energy use and emissions.”
The updated solution seamlessly extends the reach of companies’ existing on-premise ERP software systems. It automates and integrates the collection of carbon-related data from a wide range of sources, including utilities, building management systems and spreadsheets.
“SAP Carbon Impact OnDemand 5.0 delivers ease of consumption without complexity, while delivering on our customers’ needs for integrity and integration of their mission-critical applications,” said Vishal Sikka, executive board member, Technology and Innovation Platform, SAP AG. “ As a result, the solution can offer enterprise-wide scale and enhanced elasticity and performance. SAP Carbon Impact OnDemand expands the reach and capabilities of customers’ existing on-premise IT investments through simple, integrated and easy-to-consume on-demand and on-device extensions.”
Engaging the Global Workforce Leads Change Toward Sustainability
A highly engaged global workforce is an integral part of a company achieving its overall sustainability goal. Thus the new version of SAP Carbon Impact OnDemand extends the insights about a company’s carbon and energy intensity across all organization levels. The software allows companies to add on language support via an upcoming service pack for more than 50 countries in order to engage with employees in their native language. Companies can also set in place incentive programs that reward employees for their individual contributions to attain corporate sustainability objectives. Social collaboration technology helps companies to engage with employees and suppliers and drive change toward a more sustainable enterprise.
SAP Uses SAP Carbon Impact OnDemand for Quarterly Sustainability Reports
To set an example of how a global company can operate successfully and responsibly by running on SAP software, SAP is using SAP Carbon ImpactOnDemand 5.0 to analyze its own energy use and the impact on its global carbon footprint.The solution helped SAP identify key areas for implementing carbon-efficient operations, including travel, data centers, buildings and commitment to renewable energy. Moreover, SAP was able to shorten the reporting cycle for its sustainability reporting. In early 2010, SAP introduced quarterly sustainability updates to complement the company’s annual sustainability report.
To demonstrate how the SAP Carbon Impact OnDemand solution can make a difference for businesses, SAP has launched a virtual experience center. The site offers demos, customer success stories and industry benchmarks, as well as a request for proposal (RFP) builder and planning tools. Using a carbon management maturity matrix, companies can quickly calculate how their energy and carbon reduction plans stack up against those of their peers. Based on extensive industry research, SAP offers benchmarks on sustainability metrics and their potential impact on a company’s bottom line as well as poll results on current practices. Companies can create their own RFPs, estimate implementation timelines and assess the potential return on investment that SAP Carbon Impact OnDemand can achieve specifically for them by analyzing their data.
Together with its partners, SAP offers a comprehensive portfolio of sustainability solutions, including SAP Carbon Impact OnDemand, the SAP® BusinessObjects™ Sustainability Performance Management application, the SAP® Environment, Health, and Safety Management application and SAP® Best Practices packages for sustainability.
For more details on the SAP Carbon Impact OnDemand solution, visit www.sapcarbonimpact.com. Visit the sustainability solutions area on SAP.com for more details and follow SAP sustainability news on Twitter at @sustainableSAP.
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