According to the Financial Times (subs. req.), SAP is moving into the sustainability software space:
Regardless of compliance, organisations should be moving to a more sophisticated definition of what green IT entails, one that acknowledges the role IT can play in curbing emissions across the business, says Peter Graf, chief sustainability officer of enterprise software giant SAP.
The IT department, he claims, accounts for about 2 per cent of carbon emissions at most companies, but technology can do much to tackle “the other 98 per cent”. That was the impetus behind SAP’s May 2009 acquisition of Clear Standards, a provider of software tools that enable companies to measure and manage carbon emissions, water consumption and energy use.
“We miss the point if we continue to view green IT as something separate from the ‘greener business’,” agrees Keith White at management consultancy firm PA Consulting. “The nature of the debate has in itself created a distraction.”
According to SAP’s website discussing their Carbon Impact on-demand software:
With SAP Carbon Impact, you can:
- Establish a comprehensive inventory of carbon emissions and other environmental impacts
- Achieve cost savings by identifying opportunities for energy, waste, and emissions reductions within and outside operational boundaries
- Manage carbon reduction and sustainability initiatives with insight
- Streamline carbon registry reporting, communications, and compliance
- Evaluate reduction project and optimize efficiency investments
Why the need for specialized software? Because environmental experts have tended to use Excel, whose limitations are legion. As argued by Clear Standard’s Anirban Chakrabarti: