I’m always curious to see if companies that push Green IT indeed practice what they preach. SAP, which recently made a curious move into environmental impact reporting software, just published its 2008 sustainability report, complete with its own URL.
Unlike a multi-page PDF that is the norm in such reporting, SAP’s interactive website allows you to take a “deep dive” into the data that interests you. There’s some clicking involved but you’ll be rewarded with pages like this on SAP’s carbon footprint and the company’s efforts to reduce it.
For instance, the dashboard I linked above shows that the company has reduced its carbon footprint attributed by on-site fuel combustion by 21 percent compared to 2007.
Energy usage in the company’s datacenters also dropped, unfortunately not to such a degree – just a 0.7 percent drop, representing a GWh rating of 153 for 2008 vs. 154 for 2007. Nonetheless, SAP plans on nudging those figures ever downward by employing virtualization on 60 percent of new servers; deploying thin client technology; and aggregating energy usage data across their networks and rolling out centralized power management.