Mitigate Residual Risks When Using SAP’s Green Software Solutions

  • by Judith M. Myerson , Systems Engineer and Architect/Owner
  • April 15, 2010
Learn how to mitigate residual risks of carbon emissions when using SAP’s green software solutions. Find out more about SAP Carbon Impact on-demand service, how to visualize and compare carbon footprint data with dashboards, and how to mitigate sustainability residual risks.
Key Concept
Residual risks of carbon emissions are the remaining risks after sustainability controls have been applied. They may change over a period of time due to climate changes, emerging technologies, and new governmental regulations and corporate policies on reducing carbon emissions.

SAP has committed to promoting green living both in its products and in its own buildings, as it recently made efforts to increase sustainable business practices and reduce the use of electricity. For its own sustainability work, SAP currently uses SAP BusinessObjects Xcelsius Enterprise to meet its goal of reducing its carbon footprint to year-2000 levels by 2020, a nearly 50 percent reduction from SAP’s 2007 carbon emissions. To help SAP customers, particularly financial institutions, measure and reduce carbon emissions for lower energy costs, SAP offers SAP Carbon Impact as an on-demand service. 

Although risks from carbon dioxide emissions will be further mitigated to meet SAP’s own sustainability goals in 2020, residual risks implicitly remain. Using SAP BusinessObjects Xcelsius Enterprise and SAP Carbon Impact does not entirely eliminate the risks of carbon emissions after carbon emission reduction controls have been applied. You can mitigate risks at an acceptable level as set forth in a strategy implemented in an SAP system. For example, the strategic objective should set how much lower the acceptable level should be for each year until 2020. Since the strategic objective could change in response to changing regulations and global climate, the business challenge is to align and execute on changing strategic objectives.

Judith M. Myerson

Judith M. Myerson is a systems architect and engineer and an SAP consultant. She is the author of the Enterprise System Integration, Second Edition, handbook, RFID in the Supply Chain: A Guide to Selection and Implementation, and several articles on enterprise-wide systems, database technologies, application development, SAP, RFID technologies, project management, risk management, and GRC.

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