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At the occasion of SAP Switzerland’s 30th anniversary, in an email to all employees, the Employee Communications team gave an overview across environmentally relevant achievements and a look at future projects. The list is quite impressive, I must say.

  • SAP Switzerland offers employees a half-fare travel card for all public transport throughout Switzerland to help making the switch to public transportation.
  • SAP Switzerland employees have reduced printing by 24% since 2009. They saved more paper by printing double-sided by default. In 2009, 48% of printouts were double-sided; in 2014 65%. A new “badge printing” process should reduce paper consumption further, eliminating print jobs that are never picked up.
  • In 2013, SAP launched its own carpooling application TwoGo.
  • Office supplies are mandated to collect and recycle the packaging of their shipped products.
  • All offices are equipped with sophisticated state-of-the-art video conferencing facilities to hold virtual meetings, meaning less business travel, more time and fewer emissions.
  • Server rooms at the various locations have been redesigned with the effect of reducing energy consumption by up to 70%.
  • SAP’s premises in Regensdorf are one of the first office buildings to meet Switzerland’s Minergie energy efficiency standards.  Energy efficiency of the old headquarter in Biel was considerably increased by bringing the metal cladding, windows, roof, and insulation up to the latest standards, replacing lights with energy-efficient LED lighting, resulting in energy savings of up to 70%. Air-conditioning was replaced with a chilled-ceiling system: Water-cooling is much more energy-efficient than cooling with power. Most locations will implement the ISO 14001 environmental management standard from 2015. This standard applies to companies who are looking to continuously improve their environmental performance and is the starting point for a long-term sustainability strategy.
  • In 2009 SAP joined the Swiss Climate Foundation, an alliance of companies that support the climate protection projects of SMEs in Switzerland. Such projects aim to cut greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy efficiency in Switzerland. Since joining the foundation, SAP has donated 379,000 Swiss Francs from its CO2 rebates.
  • Since 2014, SAP’s data centers and facilities have been powered by 100% renewable electricity, bringing their carbon emissions to zero. By 2020, electric cars will comprise 20% of the company’s vehicle fleet. SAP has been recognized as sector leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for seven consecutive years.
  • The CO2 emission of the company car fleet was reduced by 20% from 2008 to 2014 (a value which obviously still is too high).

These are all internal accomplishments which will be continued. As a provider of business software, SAP supports customers to become more energy-efficient, to protect their workforce, and to mitigate risk. Being herself a champion in environmental sustainability plays a growing role in shaping SAP’s perception as a trusted and leading vendor.