Let’s be honest: The only thing we know for sure so far are Germany’s national targets and the EU’s guidelines. There needs to be a 55 percent drop in CO₂ emissions by 2030 in order to prevent climate collapse. But many businesses are still only at the very start of their sustainability journey. What role can SAP play in achieving climate targets? We spoke to Uwe Birkenhauer about this.
Uwe Birkenhauer, Head of SAP Portfolio at T-Systems, has been following SAP trends and developments for years. He’s familiar with user needs, as well as SAP’s plans for further developing its services.
Correct. The thinking behind this is simple: If a lot of data and processes are already being provided in the SAP systems, or are flowing into them, why shouldn’t you use this opportunity to also utilize the information for sustainability aspects? SAP now offers a small ecosystem of services for this, designed to help assess data and simulate process changes to the carbon footprint. This includes, among other things, SAP Product Footprint Management.
In my opinion, the greatest challenges lie in actually assessing the carbon footprint of a product or component. There will definitely be major differences – depending on how and where, for example, a kilogram of copper is made. This requires valid data that needs to be fed into the SAP system. Last but not least, there also needs to be a comprehensive concept, a sustainability strategy, to ensure the initiatives are successful and target-oriented. Nevertheless, high-performance software tools are an important piece of the puzzle for professional sustainability management.
It’s a young market that customers first need to get their bearings around – but it is secure. Our consultancy focus is very SAP-oriented, however. We pool sustainability concepts with the possibilities offered by SAP. And our colleagues at Detecon also take care of the whole thing, developing sustainability strategies and collecting and analyzing the right data. As such, customers receive a full package from initial concept to implementation in SAP – including with other tools that may be more suitable and, in some cases, are an even better fit for the company.